THONWS-11-21-20 HITOMS COACH

Scott Davis, left, is the new High Point-Thomasville HiToms coach. HiToms president Greg Suire, right, announced the hire earlier this week.

THOMASVILLE — In building one of the area’s most dominant high school baseball programs over the span of 17 years, Scott Davis helped develop some of the region’s most accomplished players.

That knack for cultivating talent is what led High Point-Thomasville HiToms president Greg Suire to bring the former Wesleyan Christian Academy in for an interview. It wasn’t long before he was ready for his new skipper to put pen to paper.

“When Scott and I started chatting, it was an easy decision on my part,” said Suire, who announced the hire Monday.

Davis led the Trojans to five state championships and finished runner-up six times in the North Carolina Independent School Athletic Association. Amassing a total of 14 conference titles and a career record of 357-94, Davis stepped away from the game in 2019.

When Mickey Williard decided to pursue his master’s degree after a one-year stint with the team, it opened the door for Suire, who said he has been impressed with Davis’s accomplishments for some time.

“That commitment to success and winning is what attracted me to Scott,” Suire said. “That’s what Scott Davis is; Scott Davis is a winner, and that’s what we want in this program. We’ve learned a lot about ourselves the last 21 years I’ve been here, and I know one thing: Everything starts and stops with leadership. He is defined as the ultimate baseball leader in the Piedmont Triad.”

Davis began his baseball career as a player at Trinity High School, ultimately ending up playing for Gary Hinkle at Ledford. He also played for Thomasville Post 41 before entering the coaching ranks.

Though Davis said he did not pursue other high school coaching opportunities, he did mention that he never closed the door on coaching entirely. Crouching at the dugout steps at Finch Field was the one opportunity he could not pass up.

“This was really the only thing that would have ever attracted me to get back into coaching,” Davis said. “Greg has kept baseball at a high level here. This was the only move that made any sense for me. I just couldn’t turn it down. I’m just proud and excited to be here.”

Davis acknowledged Monday that an adjustment period will be necessitated by his move to the Coastal Plain League, a wooden-bat college summer league. From top to bottom, the level of skill on each HiToms roster is quite different from what might make up a high school squad.

With that level of skill comes unique challenges. Roster turnover is not something high school coaches are often tasked with navigating, especially during the season. In CPL play, it is very common to have players join the team mid-season and leave prior to the end of the campaign.

One thing that will remain the same for Davis, however, is the understanding that building on a local foundation for the HPT program is just as important as making inroads with homegrown talent at the high-school level.

Among the local talent that has made up the HiToms roster, Davis’s son Luke has improved his game each of the last two summers at Finch Field. His father said that was a key factor in taking the position, though certainly not the only one.

“One of the attractions was coaching my son, being a part of his last summer,” Davis said. “But that, by no stretch, is the only reason I’m here. So this is not necessarily a one-year deal. It could be five, six, seven or eight.

“All of these things I enjoy, so I’m not just coming to coach my son. It’s more of, this is going to be great. I can spend the summer with him and the ballclub and invest time with the organization, so we’ll see how it goes.”

Staff writer Daniel Kennedy can be reached at 336-888-3578, or at kennedy@tvilletimes.com.

Staff writer Daniel Kennedy can be reached at 336-888-3578, or at kennedy@tvilletimes.com.