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Bellaire Names Jose Davis as Coach

April 7, 2009

Bellaire finally has a new football coach.

And it brought back one of its favorite sons to fill the void created in February when Gregg Bonar was non-renewed by the Bellaire Board of Education.

During Monday's monthly board meeting, former Bellaire High all-stater Jose Davis was tabbed as the new Big Reds' head coach by a unanimous vote.

"It's just a blessing with how things have worked out," Davis said. "The past is the past, and I am not worried about anything that's happened because when you do that, it's less time you're spending on making things better.

"I had always thought about coaching. I did some research after that conversation, talked it over with my family and decided to apply. Not many people get to begin their coaching careers as the head coach."

And getting that assignment at their alma mater.

"I am really excited for this opportunity," Davis said. "It's nice to have the opportunity to coach where it all began. It's a chance to go back and coach where people know you."

The coaching assignment is Davis' first of any kind on the football field. He's got plenty of experience in football, playing four collegiately for four years at Kent State and then professionally in the indoor game.

"A lot of people make the argument that you've got to be an assistant first and learn the ropes," Davis said. "One thing I wanted to do to overcome not having a lot of (football) coaching experience is surround myself with guys who do.

I want guys who have experience and are going to work well together and we'll make decisions as a staff."

As for what could lie ahead for the Big Reds, Davis would like to continue to implement the offense, which has worked so well at Bellaire during the years, but knows that exact system might not always be the approach.

"Being able to adjust to the personnel is one of the biggest things you can expect to see from me as a coach," Davis said. "Sometimes, the players you have don't allow you to go as deep into a system as you may want. I would like to use some of the stuff we used when I played with some more of the modern-day spread stuff, but it's going to depend on the talent we have."

After leading Bellaire to the Division IV state championship game in 1995 where ir lost one of the greatest title games ever played in Ohio to Versailles, Davis played at Kent State University where he still holds seven records.

He then went to Canada and spent the 2000 and 2001 seasons in the Canadian Football League. In 2002, he returned to the Ohio Valley and led the Greyhounds to the first of their two championships under Mark Bonar.

Showing his prowess for the indoor game, Davis signed with the Arena Football League and spent time with five teams from 2003-08. He was a member of the Colorado Crush squad, which won the Arena Bowl title in 2005.

Davis' coaching career started in 2005-06 when he served under Gene Ammirante on the Big Reds' boys basketball staff before he left to begin preparing for the Arena League season.

Jose and Amy have two children, Javon (8) and Aiden (2). They reside in Robinson Township near Pittsburgh.

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