Nick Davis will lead the Tigers into their regular season opener on the road at Hampton on August 23. (Staff photo by Christopher Dunn)

It’s a new era for Fayette County High football. When the Tigers open the 2019 season, they’ll be taking the field under new leadership, with Nick Davis tasked with pushing the team over the top. 

Davis comes to Fayette with an impressive on-field background and a wealth of coaching experience. Playing at Griffin High and graduating in 1990, he was an all-state linebacker, earning a scholarship to play at Georgia Southern. He earned the respect of his teammates and coaches, earning the honor of being voted a team captain for his junior and senior seasons in both high school and college. 

Originally he planned to pursue a career in criminal justice, but a coach’s suggestion changed his trajectory.

“One of my coaches told me I was like a coach on the field, and I’d really be good at this with my passion for the game and my ability to motivate others to do well,” Davis remembered. A season as a grad assistant at Georgia Southern with the opportunity to call signals told him he made the right call. “It just took off from there.”

He’s now spent 23 years coaching, with 19 of those as a head coach. He comes to Fayette after spending the last eight years as the head man at Spalding High. Crossing the county line was something that had always piqued his interest.

“Fayette County has always been intriguing. They’ve always had decent players coming out of here, but for whatever reason they just couldn’t put it all together,” he said. “The opportunity presented itself, and I went for it.”

Coming off a winless campaign, Davis believes the team has the talent to turn the tide. He’s always taken pride in shaping up struggling teams, and he plans to be with the Tigers for the long haul.

“A lot of my coaching buddies say I’m a foundation builder,” he said. “Hopefully this is it. I think we have everything we need to turn this program around. We have a good coaching staff, and we have good players, we’re just young.”

Davis and his staff have been laying the bricks for a solid base all offseason. Come August 23 on the road against Hampton High, we’ll see if the Tigers have the makings of a solid future.