CARROLL — Over the past 15 years, Ryan Davis has had great success at Chesapeake High School, and while it wasn’t an easy decision, he felt it was time for a new challenge.
Davis was hired as the Bloom-Carroll Boys’ new varsity basketball coach.
“I’ve been in Chesapeake for 15 years and my son (Carson) is about to start high school, and I thought for me, our family and him, this was a great opportunity to get a fantastic job, a fantastic program and an opportunity for a little breath of fresh air,” Davis said.And that puts us a little more in the center.
“What attracted me to this job was the winning tradition and they have always been good. When I investigated the job the general thing they want and expect is for children to work hard and put in the time. That’s been the basis of their success. They’ve obviously had talent over the years, but the underlying theme for them is people working, and that’s exactly my philosophy.
Davis succeeds Joe Goodyear, who resigned late last season after guiding Bloom-Carroll to a sparkling 24-3 overall record and 14-0 mark in the Mid-State League-Buckeye Division. The Bulldogs were the Central District Division II runners-up.
Davis comes with some impressive credentials. In his 15 seasons leading the Panthers, he went 231-118 and his teams won 20 or more games five times. He led Chesapeake to the 2010 state semifinals and was named the state’s 2020 Division III Coach of the Year after leading the Panthers to a 20-4 record.
Davis, 48, who has coached at Chesapeake since 2007, has also held coaching positions at Jeffersonville (Indiana), Iroquois (Kentucky, Peebles, North Vermillion (Indiana) and Graceland Christian (Indiana). together, Davis has 322 career wins.
Davis graduated in 1991 from Alexander High School, located in southern Ohio. He was an outstanding player in college and helped lead Kentucky Christian University to a National Christian College Athletic Association national championship in 1995-96. As a senior, he won the Pete Maravich Award as National Player of the Year.
“I’m looking forward to the challenge,” Davis said. “I’ve been in the Southeast District for a long time and I’m going into the unknown in the Central District, but it’s something I’m looking forward to. It’s exciting for me.
Last week, Davis was able to bring his family to visit the Bloom-Carroll facility and meet the high school and college players. Next month will be a busy time for him, in terms of finding a home in the area and building his coaching staff, as well as a summer schedule.
Davis didn’t want to go into too much detail about the Bulldogs’ style of play. Traditionally, he said he likes his teams to get out, run and play fast. He said he would play to the strength of the players.
“It’s all going to come down to our kids and their strengths,” Davis said. “I obviously haven’t seen any of them play, so how we play will be dictated by our talent, but what I like the most is winning.”