Indians name Davis new baseball coachPublished 5:34pm Friday, June 27, 2014
Mark Davis was named Wetumpka’s new head baseball coach Friday afternoon.
An assistant under previous Tribe coaches Ray Mullino and Russ Brooks, Davis said that he’s ready to wear the head coaching hat.
“It’s really exciting. I’m glad to be here, I’ve been here all my life,” he said Friday. “This is something that I’ve always wanted to do.
“I want to try to do the best I possibly can do. Try to help the Wetumpka young men with their love of the game, plus grow up a little bit. I want them to one day be successful young men. That’s one of the reasons I wanted to (be the head coach), to help the overall program.”
Wetumpka athletic director Tim Perry said Davis’ familiarity with the community and the program will make for a smooth transition for the players and the new coach.
“Coach Davis has been part of the baseball program for several years,” Perry said Friday. “In fact, there was a time early in his tenure that he volunteered, helped coach baseball with no compensation. I think it speaks to his love, interest and passion for the sport. Anytime we’re able to hire and place a Wetumpka guy here, it’s exciting because it’s more than the position, it’s the community.
“He has roots here, knows exactly what it’s like to be a Wetumpka Indian. We’re excited about his experience. He knows the players, but yet, I’m confident he’ll bring his own approach to the program, which we’re looking forward to.”
Learning several seasons under Mullino and Brooks, Davis thinks the knowledge he gained from them prepared him to be the coach of the Indians.
“Personally, I think I’m ready. I helped Coach Mullino, I looked up to him and saw the way he coached,” Davis said. “Coach Brooks has been there for two years. I can take their ideas and put it with my own ideas. I think I had people before me, and other guys as well, looking at them, studying the game, asking questions. I believe I’m ready to take it on.”
This past season Wetumpka finished third in Class 6A, Area 7 and missed out on the playoffs by one game, losing to Prattville in its last series.
The Indians move to a new area next season, containing rival Stanhope Elmore, Carver-Montgomery and new high school Park Crossing. Davis said he hopes to guide the program’s return to the postseason.
“We want to shoot our goals high. We want to have high expectations not only team-wise, but also individually,” Davis said. “Baseball is an individual as well as a team sport. We’ll need to come in, break it down, so every player has their own goals. Then, if we play as a team, we can achieve what we want to achieve. Good things happen overall as a team if you do that.”