Taking over as head coach of your alma mater is not always the fairy tale homecoming that is hoped for when signing up for the job. If anything the pressure on a coach who was born and raised in an community before leading it as a coach is much more difficult that an outsider coming in with lower expectations. That is why what Evan Davis has achieved in two years with the Armwood Hawks is so spectacular.
2018 was supposed to be a down season for the Hawks. The team had been torn apart by graduation and they looked vulnerable after a very successful first year with Davis at the helm. Armwood had to replace the state’s 6A player of the year in running back Brian Snead, along with essentially its entire first string lineup on both sides of the ball.
The main piece they had remaining was Davis and it turned out that their coach was all they needed to retain in order to get back to the Florida 6A Title game and a rematch against Miami Northwestern.
Coaching is a culture thing and Davis has a winning culture entrenched at Armwood that is more important than the individual players that make up the team. While they fell to the Bulls for the second straight year, their 13-2 season shows that as long as Davis is at the helm, then this will be a team to be reckoned with.