Monday, April 5, 2010

Former Latin star is new football coach at Davidson Day

Davidson Day, a private school in northern Mecklenburg County, is adding football next fall and the school's first head coach is Chad Grier.

Grier, an East Carolina grad, comes to the school after two years as offensive coordinator at Southlake Christian.

“We conducted a national search for this highly important position, only to find that the ideal candidate was right in our back yard,” Davidson Day Headmaster Bonnie Cotter said. “Chad is an exceptional mentor of children, a man of high integrity, and is extremely passionate about football. He’s a perfect fit.”

Grier has been an offensive coordinator at Southlake and was an assistant at Charlotte Latin, where he was a former all-state quarterback under Hawks coach Larry McNulty in 1986.

After starting his college career at Richmond, Grier transferred to East Carolina, where he was coached by New York Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride and Georgia football coach Mark Richt.

"I am very excited and honored to be part of such a great school,” said Grier. “Davidson Day is a first class school; from the headmaster, to the faculty, and to the students. And my immediate goal is to bring the school a first class football program.

“I have been blessed with the opportunity to learn the game from some of the most knowledgeable and inspirational men I have ever met, none more so than (Charlotte Latin coach) Larry McNulty, whom has been like family to me for 25 years. We will model our program in the image of what he has built at Charlotte Latin, and our immediate term goal is to work hard every day to earn that type of consistent success for our students and our entire community.”

Grier is married to his wife Nila, and has three sons: Will 15; Nash 12; and Hayes 9.