After nine years as an assistant coach on the Sycamore wrestling team, Brian Davis is getting a promotion.
Davis was named head coach for the program, the school board announced this week.
"It's nice," Davis said. "I put my time in. I was OK in the role I was in, just being part of the team. The opportunity came this time around and I felt the time was right. It's exciting to change roles and move on with the same goals."
Davis takes over for Alex Nelson, who coached the program for four years. The Spartans won their first team wrestling trophies in that time, Davis said, taking third place in back-to-back season. He said the team also had its first two state champions during Nelson's tenure.
Last year, the team went 8-13 in duals and missed out on another state berth. It had three individual qualifiers, but only Christopher Malone returns.
"Our numbers were down last year and we had some holes in our lineup," Davis said. "We've got to build the numbers back up and not go into meets with holes in our lineups."
Davis graduated from Sterling Newman Central Catholic, winning a state title in his senior year and finishing 118-35. He still is the single-season record holder for pins, with 31.
"Brian is a hard worker who will pass that work ethic on to our athletes," Sycamore athletic director Chauncey Carrick said in a statement. "He has shown great passion for the community of Sycamore and will strive to keep Sycamore competing at the highest level."
Davis said he learned a lot about coaching not only from Nelson and Carrick – the head coach before Nelson – but from his time as an assistant at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa, under Randy Stewart.
"I had the opportunity to be an assistant under two good high school coaches and one good college coach," said Davis, who has three master's degrees. "I'm ready to make the move. I'm confident to make the move. It's going to be business as usual and we'll keep producing good student-athletes."