Coach Profile: Winnetonka Asst. Ken Davis 5/9
By Dion Clisso PrepsKC Managing Editor
One of the more successful programs over the last few years has been Winnetonka. The Griffins have risen to be one of the most competitive Class 5 teams on the Missouri side of the state line. The program has a good stable of assistant coaches including Ken Davis who has been at Winnetonka since the 2009 season.
Davis came to the Metro in 2006 after spending his high school and college playing career in Texas. After college he worked for his high school program Klein Oak in Spring, Texas before being a player and coach for the Corpus Christi Hammerheads in the National Indoor Football league.
The road to a coaching career began back at his high school and Davis said the relationship with his head coach helped give him a good basis for his coaching.
“The coach that influenced me the most was probably my high school head coach, David Smith, (Klein Oak HS, Spring, TX), also my college defensive coordinator, Tony Hatmaker,” Davis said. “Both of these guys taught me to know the game and as a coach if you know the game the players will believe whatever you tell them. I was very fortunate to have a good player coach relationship with both of them. A lot of my passion for coaching also comes from me wanting to help others be the best athlete they can be. I enjoy watching young athletes enjoy their sport as much as I enjoy it for them.”
Davis said that belief in his players is a key to helping athletes reach their potential.
“I love watching players get better and do things they don't think they could do,” Davis said. “I believe in every person I coach because if I don't believe in them, then they won't believe in themselves. I love being successful in coaching and I also love the challenge of not being successful and trying to overcome failure.
“One of my favorite games is chess. Coaching is like a chess game to me and allows me to compete against other coaching minds and find the strategy that will ultimately win the game. The fact that there is someone trying to beat me and have their athlete be better than mine fuels me and it motivates me.”
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