After several months of searching, Howard County has its new Coordinator of Athletics. John Davis, who has spent the last 17 years as a coach or athletic administrator at Glenelg High School, was announced on Thursday as the successor to Mike Williams.
Williams stepped down in April after serving as the county’s athletic coordinator for eight years..
Davis says the chance to follow in the footsteps of one of his former mentors is an opportunity he’s excited about.
“It’s kind of funny how it’s all come full circle in a way,” said Davis, who was hired in 1996 by Williams — Glenelg’s Athletic Director at the time — to be the Gladiators football coach. “It’s an honor to follow him, just like it was when I took over the (AD) job after him at Glenelg. He’s done a great job of putting everything in motion and now it’s up to us to keep it going.”
Davis had been the athletics and activities manager at Glenelg since the position was created in 2006. Before that he coached varsity football and was an assistant varsity lacrosse coach at the school for 10 years.
Under his guidance, the Gladiators’ football team captured three county titles and put together a pair of undefeated regular seasons.
Administration, though, came calling and over the past seven years he continued building a resume that made him a prime candidate for advancement.
“Honestly, I never really thought about it up until Mike retired earlier this year and moved to Gettysburg. (Athletic coordinator) just wasn’t something on my radar,” Davis said. “But when I started really thinking about it and considering it I realized how this was a great opportunity … definitely a natural progression.”
Davis says he doesn’t plan on making any drastic changes in his new role, praising the job Williams did in terms of making this “a pioneering county that has established itself as a leader for others to follow.”
He says continuing some of the initiatives and plans that have already been put in motion is priority No. 1.
“There are a lot of things on our plate right away that are extremely important and that we need to tackle,” Davis said. “The continuing county-wide turf installation project, working with Rec and Parks, that’s immediate. Then there’s navigating through the new regulations with the concussion program, heat acclimation and coach certification. Once we get a handle on those things, then we can start focusing elsewhere.
“This is a pivotal time for athletics in this county and I’m honored to get this opportunity to help lead the way.”