Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Hopewell basketball coach Eric Davis leaving for Wilmington-area job

Hopewell High boys basketball coach Eric Davis has resigned and taken a similar job at West Brunswick High in Shallotte, N.C. The school is five miles from the beach.

Davis said he and his wife love the coast and had always talked about living near the beach. He will teach in the physical education department at his new school.

"It's something we talked about, the possibility of me trying to find a job down in that area," Davis said. "I had a college suite-mate called and told me job was open. I followed up with the AD and sent him an email and didn't hear back for four weeks. I thought they had found somebody."

West Brunswick officials called back finally and said Davis was one of 85 people that applied and one of three the school would interview. Davis took his wife, Carrie, and his 12-year-old son, Cam, to the school with him. They sat in on the interview.

"It's a great opportunity for my family and presents a new challenge," Davis said. "The question they had was why somebody would leave Charlotte and the level of basketball here for a 3A school. I told them I'm a basketball coach and that's what I want to do and it doesn't matter where I do it. The location was the right fit for my family as well."

West Brunswick's basketball team was 1-19 last year, but Davis said the junior varsity won its conference.

"They have young talent and they want somebody to work with Park & Rec and build a program," Davis said. "It's small town, one school, and you know the kids you'll get. You can do things you're not able to do in this area because they're so many new schools popping up and this (new job) gives you opportunity to have a program and I'm excited about that."

Davis, 35, has been at Hopewell since the school opened nine years ago. He's the only coach the school has had. Prior to starting Hopewell's program, Davis was an assistant at North Mecklenburg under legendary coach Leroy Holden and then Duane Lewis.

Two of Davis' last four teams went to the N.C. 4A regionals. Those four teams were 96-19, including 23-3 last season.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Coach Davis is a great coach. We are sorry to see him go. Best of luck to him and his family!

Anonymous said...

Coached against him a few times, not only a great coach, but a great guy... Good Luck, Coach Davis.

Amy Hallman said...

Good luck, Eric! You are a good person and deserve to relax; here's hoping you find some down time at the beach!

Anonymous said...

Enjoy Shalotte. You made the decision leaving Huntersville and CMS for the right reasons. Quality of life and family are always first.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations. While his reasons are sound and diplomatic, he made the right choice: leave cms.

Anonymous said...

Played pickup with him a couple times, great guy! Congrats.

Anonymous said...

You can take the boy out of Derita but you cant take Derita out of the boy. Good Luck E, the community is luck to have you.

Anonymous said...

Good luck cousin, Hopewell is lucky to have had a coach and teacher as yourself. As far as just being an over all great person.....it doesnt get any better than you.

ashton said...

coach davis is a great coach...had some really fun experiences with him for the one year i was at hopewell...good luck at your new school...and u will never b able to beat 1 0n 1...-chuckaroo!!

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