Even to outsiders, 16-year assistant coach Christopher Davis was the obvious choice to replace Scott McInnes as Millbrook new head boys basketball coach.
McInnes said one of the applicants withdrew his name once he heard Davis was applying. The applicant told McInnes that he valued loyalty, and Davis had earned it.
But Davis, McInnes’ assistant and junior varsity coach for the last 16 years, wasn’t taking any chances.
“It really made me want the job more when I saw the interest and how many people were going after the job. I knew it wouldn’t be given to me,” Davis said. “I really locked in. I had to make sure I’m on point. I felt like I was getting ready for the biggest game of the season with each interview.”
Millbrook has made the playoffs in all 16 of Davis’ seasons on the sideline, winning nine conference titles and six conference tournaments. He teaches Occupational Courses of Study at the school.
Davis said he’s a little more press-oriented than McInnes, but the two have blended their styles well over the years. He knows it’ll be a little different without McInnes on the sideline, though the AD will be close by.
“Other than not hearing him stomp the floor and say ‘dagummit’ every now and then, I know he’ll be here,” Davis said.
Prior to coming to Millbrook, Davis was an assistant coach on the Leesville Road team that was the 4A runner-up in 2001. Davis thanked former Leesville Road coach Darryl Robinson for getting him into high school coaching.
He’s an Enloe graduate who has coached Shavlik Randolph, Eric Williams, Anthony Richardson, J.J. Redick and Sean Dockery among others in AAU.