Brian Davis has been looking for a full-time teaching position in the Kent School District since he took over as Kentwood’s boys basketball coach two years ago.
He hasn’t been able to find one. So, the 31-year-old announced Wednesday he is stepping down.
“I need sufficient employment,” Davis said. “I need to find a job. Coaching without teaching is not a good option for me.
“The big thing is I need to take care of my family. I was married this summer and I need to provide for my family. I’m not able to do that in the foreseeable future in the Kent School District.”
Davis went to high school at Kent-Meridian and was an assistant under his high-school coach, Dave Jamison, at Kentridge from 2000-06. He also coached at Squalicum for a few seasons before taking over at Kentwood, a program coming off the 2010 Class 4A state championship. He led the Conquerors to a 35-18 record over two seasons.
“There’s a lot of dedication that every high-school coach puts in,” Davis said. “I’m no different or no better. My bond to my home community is strong. I wanted to come back to Kent where I grew up and give back. The decision is tough because of the great opportunity I had to coach there and work with those kids. I took it very seriously and enjoyed working with those young men.”
— Seattle Times photo by Ellen M. Banner