Bryan Davis will not coach the Warhill High football team in 2013 after all. Approved in early June by Williamsburg-James City County Schools as the Lions' football coach, Davis said on Wednesday that he will not move from the Wilmington, N.C. area because there is no guarantee that he will have a teaching job at Warhill.

Davis said that he is greatly disappointed that he will not be coaching the Warhill players, whose work ethic he had come to admire during two weeks or so of weight-lifting and conditioning sessions.

"I don't want those kids to think I'm abandoning them," Davis said. "These past two weeks they've really bought into me and bought into what we're doing, and worked very hard.

"I love those kids and love working with them."

Davis says he interviewed for an open Social Studies position at Warhill during the process of seeking the football position, and says it was his understanding he would get the teaching job. But he said he was told recently by the human resources department of W-JCC schools that was in doubt because his Virginia Teaching License has expired.

Davis, who has not taught in Virginia for 11 years, says he is licensed to teach in North Carolina, where he currently teaches at Topsail High near Wilmington. He says he assumed that his license there would transfer to Virginia and that no discussion of the matter came up during his interviews with W-JCC Schools.

Davis began preparing the Lions for the 2013 season during June, commuting from an aunt's house in Portsmouth daily to suprevise the workouts.

Davis said that when he learned he must take a licensing class he expected that he would be given his teaching contract and an extension to take the class. He said he was in the process of enrolling in a class to renew his Virginia license, but was unsure he could complete it by the start of the school year.

In addition, he said that unless he resigned at Topsail within the next week, he would be held to his teaching contract there. The combination of no guarantee of a teaching job at Warhill - and the fact that his wife, Alison, did not get a teaching job she interviewed for with W-JCC schools - led to his decision this week to remain at Topsail.

Davis said he informed Warhill's assistant football coaches on Monday he would not be back.

"There are things I was going to have to fight through," he said of settling into the job at Warhill and moving to the area. "I can't fight through them without a paycheck."

Betsy Overkamp-Smith, W-JCC Schools public relations director, issued the following statement on Wednesday:

"Bryan Davis, Warhill High School's recently hired football coach, has resigned his position effective immediately. WJCC is actively seeking an interim football coach for WHS and will announce a selection as soon as possible. WHS assistant football coaches will continue to monitor conditioning until a coach is selected.

"We wish Coach Davis the best and will work to quickly identify a new coach prior to the start of practice in August."