Rocky Mount Prep has dismissed athletics director Warren Davis from his position.
Davis, who also has coached girls’ basketball and volleyball for the Jaguars, has been replaced by Danny Ward.
Ward, who spent 30 years coaching and teaching in Edgecombe County – mostly at North Edgecombe – came out of retirement in the spring after coaching his final football game in 2011.
Rocky Mount Prep CEO Doug Haynes did not give a reason for Davis’ dismissal, citing confidentiality, but said the move was made Monday.
“We appreciate all that Mr. Davis did for our school and athletics program and wish him all the best in the future,” Haynes said in an emailed statement.
Davis oversaw a Jaguars sports program that has made strides during the past four seasons.
After three years of climbing the competition ladder, the boys’ basketball squad reached the NCHSAA 1-A state title game in March.
The football program is in the midst of its second varsity season under coach Don Reams, whom Davis helped hire from state-championship winning teams at Tarboro High.
Ward currently is teaching physical education at Rocky Mount Prep, and he also has been helping Reams with the football program.
In the midst of transition, the Jaguars feel fortunate to hire a recognizable and respected name.
“He has many years of experience in leading athletics programs – from coaching teams to state championships to serving as a middle school and high school athletics director,” Haynes said. “Coach Ward will provide strong leadership to our coaches and scholars and great service to our parents, including our new Athletic Booster Club.”
Jessie H. Nunery can be reached at 407-9959 or jhnunery @rmtelegram.com