Brandon Davis’ dream to become a head coach became a reality when he was hired to lead the Coffeeville High School program this past week.

Davis recently served as the offensive line coach at Greenwood High School, his alma mater, for four years. Before that, he was an assistant at Amanda Elzy under Eric House for four seasons. He spent one year (2014-2015) working in the Greenville Public School system.

“I saw the opening at Coffeeville earlier in the summer. The principal there, Cedric Shelby, is also from Greenwood. We worked together at Elzy. He called me up, and I went for an interview with him, the athletic director and superintendent. They are giving me an opportunity to come in and grow a program,” said Davis, a 2003 graduate of Greenwood High.

“I felt like it was time for me to grow as a coach. I wanted a bigger role. There is a good staff in place at Greenwood, and there really wasn’t going to be many opportunities for advancement. I appreciate Coach (Clinton) Gatewood for giving me an opportunity to coach at Greenwood. I also have to thank Coach House for allowing me to work under him at Elzy. I got the chance to coach my nephew (Christian Henderson) at Greenwood, and he’s now in line to be a starting guard at Louisiana Tech.”

After graduating from GHS, Davis spent two seasons at Mississippi Delta Community College, playing on the offensive line. He then signed on with Albany State University in Albany, Georgia. He stayed there for three years, playing in the 2005 and 2007 seasons.

Coffeeville is a Class 1A school and competes in Region 3-1A. Davis and the Pirates wil square off against House and the Tigers in district play this fall.

“There’s a lot of work that needs to be done. I think their last winning season was in 2013. They’ve had four coaches in the last five years. We are starting from the ground up to build this program,” said Davis. “With a small coaching staff, there are a lot more responsibilities for the head coach. Getting the field ready is one thing we have to do before we see the kids out. I’m just ready to get to some football.”

nContact Calvin Stevens at cstevens@gwcommonwealth.com.

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