Columbia High football coach Rich Davis resigned last week after three years of rebuilding the struggling program.
Davis took over the Wildcats in 2015, snapped the team’s 25-game losing streak in 2016 and led Columbia to within one game of the 5A playoffs this fall.
“I have three kids now that are high school and middle school age, and the oldest is a senior and looks to have a chance to play college football next year,” Davis said. “I want to be able to go watch that and still see the young kids. I don’t know if there’s ever a right time, but this felt as good as any.”
Davis’ oldest son is Columbia senior tight end/defensive end Michael Davis, who is weighing multiple Division II, Division III and NAIA opportunities.
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Davis finishes his tenure with a 6-21 overall record, going 3-12 in Columbia’s 5A SIC pod. The Wildcats finished 4-5, 2-3 this fall and remained in control of their playoff destiny until a loss to Meridian the final week of the season.
Davis became the program’s fourth head coach in four years when he took over the Wildcats. Turnout increased each year under Davis. After the Wildcats failed to field a JV squad his first season, Columbia has fielded all three teams each of the past two years and will return to the 4A classification next fall.
“I think we got through a tough stretch of being at the 5A level and getting some wins,” Davis said. “I think the program is in good shape right now. We definitely have some athletes in the program coming back.”