North Little Rock has found the man to lead their athletic department into the next era. And they didn’t have to look far to find him.
Gary Davis, who spent last year as a principal, was approved by the North Little Rocj school board to take over as athletics Director last week in a regularly scheduled board meeting.
Davis has coached in nearly every sport, and spent the better part of 30 years at North Little Rock. Those facts alone gave him a consensus thumbs up from his new subordinate head coaches.
“He’s the right man for the job,” baseball coach Randy Sandefur said this week.
Coach Brad Bolding echoed Sandefur’s sentiments, and said that Davis is the choice to send the Charging Wildcats’ athletic program into national status.
“It’s really exciting,” Bolding said. “He’s a guy that can take the whole athletic department and lead us to a national level.”
Coach Johnny Rice was especially excited to work for a man that coached him as a player in North Little Rock.
“He’s coached every sport,” Rice said. “He knows what it’s like. He knows what we deal with and he is an all-sports kind of guy. Plus he has administrative experience, even if it was for one year.”
Softball coach Anthony Cantrell said, “He cares about the total program.”
Rice and Cantrell are both coming off state championship seasons. Sandefur and Bolding won the 7A/6A-East as well.
Girls basketball coach Darryl Fimple’s “awesome” was a succinct reaction to the news of Davis’ hiring.
Fimple is no stranger to the national spotlight with his teams being ranked on a national level in two of the last three seasons.
Bolding’s football team is widely regarded as the top team in Arkansas this year with nationally recognized athletes on both sides of the football.
Bolding seemed to speak for his peers when assessing the landscape change in the last 12 months at North Little Rock High School.
“Definitely a good time to be Wildcat.”