Spalding boys’ lacrosse coach Kenneth “Bear” Davis was named interim coach of Major League Lacrosse’s Ohio Machine through the end of the season Monday. The coach will continue his duties at the Severn private school where he’s also an associate athletic director.
“I wanted to make sure I had my priorities in order, and they were my family and Spalding, first,” Davis said by phone Monday. “That wouldn’t be fair to the Machine to go out there and give those guys anything less than my best, but I think everything’s going to mesh well. I’m excited.”
Davis, an Ohio native, arrived at Spalding in 2011 after seven years as the first head coach at Division I Robert Morris University. Before that, he helped found the men’s lacrosse team at Division II Wheeling Jesuit University.
Spalding has posted an 18-19 record under Davis with a 4-14 mark in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association’s A conference. The Cavaliers went 12-9 this spring, registering their first winning season since 2008.
Davis said he’ll be able to manage a hectic summer schedule, utilizing vacation time and spending most weekends with his parents, who still live a short drive from where the Machine plays its home games at Ohio Wesleyan University.
“He’s at the school today working out our team, and he’s going to try to pick up right where we left off building our program,” Spalding Athletic Director Jeff Parsons said. “We’re hoping this brings a little more publicity and notoriety to him and our program. We’re in support of it.”
With the Machine, Davis replaces Ted Garber for the final six games of the season. The team is 1-7 this season after going 2-12 in its inaugural campaign in 2012.
University of Maryland grad Joe Cummings and University of Virginia grad Steele Stanwick are currently tied for the team lead with 17 points apiece.
“Coming in for the last six games to finish the season on an interim basis, I think is the right way to do it and see if it is a good fit for both of us,” Davis said. “I think it can work. I feel like I can go and give them a little bit of what they need right now.”