Stacey Davis Named New Wrestling Coach
Takes over for departing Jeff Walrich
When Holy Innocents’ began its search for a new head wrestling coach, it didn’t have to look very far…only one seat over from the existing head coach as a matter of fact.
When five-year leader Jeff Walrich announced he was leaving to become an athletic director in Ohio after the 2011-2012 school year, the Golden Bears were quick in hiring assistant coach Stacey Davis, Walrich’s right-hand man the last four years.
“We’re very pleased he accepted the position,” Athletic Director Ruth Donahoo said. “I am confident he will continue to build and strengthen the program as we strive to win more state championships. Given his extensive background, our program couldn’t be in better hands.”
Davis’s resume backs up Donahoo’s comments. As for knowing the rules, Davis has been recently named by the International Federation of Wrestling Styles to be one of the officials in the 2012 London Olympics. He has already officiated in Istanbul, Turkey last September as well as the World Team Trials in Oklahoma City, OK last summer.
“I wanted to be a better coach and, if I knew the rules, I could train athletes better,” Davis said. “As for heading up the program, I am excited to be a part of the future of HI wrestling. Even more I am looking forward to continue the tradition of excellence that has been established over the past few years. I look forward to helping these young men realize their dreams of success both on and off the wrestling mat.”
Success came in large proportions this past season, as the Mat Bears captured the Class A State Dual championships as well as taking third in the Traditional State.
Besides his head wrestling duties, Davis will continue to coach Middle School football and will remain as Athletic Department Purchasing Manager. He will also add a new role as Assistant Director of Admissions. He has two sons at HI, individual state wrestling champ (182-pounds) senior Lee Davis and freshman Rod Davis - who captured sixth at 160.