For two seasons Brian Davis enjoyed coaching at Kentwood High, leading a boys basketball program he calls one of the premier in the state.
But the need for a full-time job forced him to resign from Kentwood.
“The best thing for my wife and I is for me to have a job,” said Davis, 31. “I need a job and with the situation at Kentwood, I wasn’t going to have one.”
Davis, who has a degree from Western Washington University and is certified to teach in Washington, was not able to land a full-time teaching position in the Kent School District. He has served as a substitute teacher, but the work has been “spotty,” he said.
On Wednesday, Davis submitted his resignation to Kentwood’s principal and athletic director. Later in the afternoon, he met with his former players and told them his reasons for leaving were basic.
“I need to survive,” he said. “I need a job.”
Davis said when he took over the team in 2010 he knew that a full-time teaching position did not come with the job. The 1998 Kent-Meridian High graduate was hopeful he could get a position in the district later, but that would not happen.
“It was frustrating,” he said.
Kentwood’s boys basketball team was successful under Davis.
He took over the season after the Conquerors won the Class 4A state title and kept the program at the top. Kentwood reached the finals of the West Central/Southwest Bi-District tournament in his first year and won the league title this season.
Davis said he was appreciative of his time at Kentwood.
“The opportunity to coach at one of the premier programs in the state was tremendous,” he said. “The kids worked extremely hard and did everything we asked. I loved being a part of a school with that kind of atmosphere and excited about being special.”
Davis said he will look for another coaching position — hopefully one that comes with a full-time teaching gig, too.
After graduating from Kent-Meridian, Davis spent two years in the Navy and then worked in commercial property management. The pay was good, he said, but he wasn’t satisfied and went to college to pursue his dream of becoming a teacher and coach.
“This is what I really want to do,” he said.