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DHS coaches alliance is giant step forward

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From page B1 | May 16, 2014 |

Some very good news comes from athletic circles at Davis High School.

Coaches have been meeting to discuss issues, procedures, organization and policy as they relate to Blue Devil sports.

After two meetings (let’s call this the coaches council), there have been candid discussions of recent concerns (protocol among on-site administrators/district officials/trustees apparently is high on the list), coaching techniques (think Positive Coaching Alliance recommendations), interaction with parents and what might be expected of the school’s new athletic director.

I’m told the council meetings have been well-attended.

These first gatherings could evolve into a more formal coaches panel that could provide regular insight into program challenges.

The coaches group can be a sounding board for parents’ complaints, a mentoring center for younger coaches and a place to share ideas that can only be helpful.

Davis High — despite recent sagas of personnel woes and conflict with various policy and hierarchy influence — employs one of the best coaching staffs in the country.

Empirical evidence validates that claim: almost 120 Sac-Joaquin Section titles; more than 60 percent of the student body involved in one sport or another; dozens of Blue Devils annually headed to college on athletic scholarships; and an attention to life lessons from most of our coaches.

If there are coaches concerned only about the bottom line (wins), this coaching council will be a godsend. The combination of the PCA philosophy and the influence of longtime mentors like Spencer Elliott, Dan Gonzalez, Mike Satre, Tracy Stapleton and Doug Wright (the list goes on) should be, well, a Positive Coaching Alliance.

Hats off to DHS Principal Will Brown for his involvement in this group. The first-year school boss walks his talk when it comes to an athletic program that communicates, follows guidelines and will provide consistent leadership.

With interviews underway for a new athletic director (eight finalists have been chosen from more than 20 applicants), the next AD should be greeted with an atmosphere of cooperation and assistance.

Good job, Blue Devils. Go forth and build on our reputation.

While I Have You Here: DHS seniors C.K. Hicks and Brendan MacDonald have been honored by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society for their part in the Sacramento division’s efforts in raising almost $500,000 in the fight against blood cancers.

Hicks and MacDonald — with the help of behind-the-scenes manager Brett Bloomfield — were runners-up to 2014 Students of the Year Austin D’Souza and Lauren Montee of Cosumnes Oaks High.

Hicks and MacDonald were honored last weekend at the campaign’s Grand Finale Gala in Sacramento.

One more thing: The Top Gun/Line Tough Football Camp — designed to teach noncontact skills through age-appropriate drills — is set for May 31 (11 a.m. to 1 p.m.) at Brown Stadium.

Targeting kids ages 10-14 (fifth through eighth grades), the potential Blue Devils will be grouped by age and perceived abilities, says new DHS varsity coach John Wiley.

Instruction will come from the Devil coaching staff and players.

If registered by Tuesday, attendees are guaranteed a camp T-shirt. The first “non-preregistered” kids also get shirts, according to Wiley.

Cost is $25 and players should wear shorts, a T-shirt, socks, cleats or tennis shoes and bring a water bottle or sports drink.

For clinic forms — or to learn more about DHS football — visit www.davishighfootball.org.

— Bruce Gallaudet is a staff writer for The Davis Enterprise. Reach him at bgallaudet@davisenterprise.net or 530-320-4456.

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