Midwest City Beacon
The Del City High School wrestling team has a new leader.
Kevin Davis was named the Eagles head coach last week. Davis has served as an assistant for the past four years under former coach Wes Ruth, who left to become an assistant principal at Piedmont.
“It’s very humbling and a tremendous honor to be the head coach at Del City,” Davis said. “There is an incredible history and legacy here and some big shoes to fill with coach (Wes) Ruth and coach (Ronnie) James before him. It’s a privilege to lead this program and work with all these young athletes.”
Mike Dunn, athletic director, said when they began the search for a new coach, they wanted to find the “perfect fit.” And they quickly realized Davis was that person.
“There’s nobody out there that knows more about the traditions and history of Del City wrestling. There isn’t a person that knows how to work with our kids better than coach (Davis). Plus, our kids love coach Davis and will be able to see a prime example of hard work being rewarded. In my opinion, there’s not a bigger compliment than being described as “loyal” and it deserves to be rewarded,” Dunn said.
Davis was born in Oklahoma City and grew up in Marlow where he wrestled in high school. He graduated from University of Central Oklahoma and started his teaching career at Mid-Del Schools in 2014. He became an assistant wrestling coaching 2015 and coached football and cross country.
“Wes Ruth was a great teacher and coach and I was very fortunate to have learned from him and learned how to run a program and do things the right way,” Davis said.
The Eagles should have a young team next year after graduating several seniors this spring. The team had six seniors who qualified for state last season. Riddick Nash will be the only returning state qualifier.
“We have some younger guys who will now get an opportunity,” Davis said. “Last year, we had a tremendous group of seniors who came through middle school and high school together.”