MANLIUS – Spencer Davis is coming home.
The Manlius native was named as the new Storm football coach at Monday’s school board meeting. He is a 1993 graduate of the now defunct Manlius High School, which joined the Bureau Valley consolidation in 1996.
“Obviously, it’s where I come from. I’m going to go home, and I’m happy about that. A lot of good people there,” Davis said. “I’m excited to work with the kids and the staff. I’ve always wanted to be a head football coach. I love football, it’s a passion of mine, it always has been.”
Davis’ passion for the game is what attracted Bureau Valley to him most, according to BVHS principal Eric Lawson, who looks for Davis to be successful
“Obviously, with Spencer’s background in football as a player and a coach, and he is a local guy with a lot of passion for football. I think the fans and players can expect success,” he said.
The Bureau Valley High School site was just a cornfield when he attended high school just a long kickoff away from Bourquin Field. He was the 1993 Bureau County Republican Football Player of the Year, leading coach Ken Bourquin’s Manlius/Tampico Red Warriors into the 1A quarterfinals.
“We had such a great conference growing up as a kid, in the Indian Valley. All these towns were competitive at one time, and you bring them together, it makes for a great school,” he said. “I loved growing up there, and have always been proud to come from there.”
Davis went on to play football at Augustana College, as well as some Arena Football. Most recently, he coached Princeton Youth Football, guiding the eighth-grade team to the league championship last fall.
He had a successful stint as the varsity girls basketball coach at Princeton, leading the 2007 squad into the supersectional. He also coached the eighth-grade girls basketball team at Logan Junior High to the Starved Rock Conference championship.
Davis brings a potential team of his own with him, as the father of four boys, including freshman Drake. He said his family will be moving to Manlius while maintaining the family business, the Hundred Acres Orchard in Princeton.
“When you get the chance to coach your kids, it’s a dad’s dream, really,” he said.