By John Anderson

New Athletic Director, Brian Davis.  Photo John Anderson.

New Athletic Director, Brian Davis. Photo John Anderson.

It was recently announced that Brian Davis has been appointed Athletic Director for Auburn Public Schools. He is replacing Bill Garneau who officially retired at the end of June. Davis has done much of the AD’s job over the last two years when Garneau was absent for health reasons, but now the ball is entirely in his court, so to speak.

And, for those students and parents who have dealt with Davis in his role as “In-school Suspension Teacher” there is no need to fret. He will continue to do that as well. Davis told Auburn Mass Daily, “Just doing a couple of jobs.”

Brian Davis is not the type of guy who spends a lot of time talking about himself, but there’s some history that people should know. Davis is a product of Auburn Public Schools and his home was at 110 Auburn, nearly across from the old high school. When I-290 was built, his parents elected to move the family home, so Davis and his fellow classmates at Bryn Mawr School went outside to see his house inch by on a trailer enroute to its new location.

Davis played football, hockey and baseball for the Dandies, and after graduating in 1973, attended St. Leo University in Florida on a baseball scholarship. After earning his degree in P.E., Davis stayed in Florida for another 15 years and worked in professional baseball as a scout for the Seattle Mariners and the Chicago White Sox. He also coached baseball at St. Leo’s and even owned a baseball school in Sarasota. Davis now scouts for the Cincinnati Reds.

Davis returned to Auburn High in 1992 and taught Health and Physical Education for 11 years while serving as an assistant football coach for the Rockets. He then spent 5 years at Uxbridge High School as the Dean of Students and later served as the full-time AD at Southbridge High for another 5 years. When Southbridge made the AD position part-time, Davis came back to Auburn in the fall of 2013.

There has been a history of AHS Alumni taking on the AD role beginning with Peter Glanville and then Bill Garneau. Davis is pleased to “continue the tradition and bring in some new ideas.” One of his first tasks is to find a new boys golf coach and a girls varsity basketball coach since Ellen Kaschuluk is on a one-year leave of absence.

Davis said, “This is a lifelong dream job. I feel very, very fortunate and hope I can live up to what Peter and Billie have done before me.” He also reminds us that he is dealing with Student Athletes. “There’s a reason those words are in that order.”

Congratulations Mr. Davis and Good Luck! Glad you’re home!