Richard Davis performed four jobs during the Bismarck Bucks inaugural season.
“I’m a ball coach at heart,” Davis said. “I grew up a high school coaches kid. I didn’t know the outside of my dad’s locker room for I couldn’t tell you how long.”
Richard Davis says he’s a football coach at his core, but this season, he was also the Bucks general manager, defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach. So how can a first-year coach wear so many hats?
“This simple answer is great staff,” Davis said. “All that front office staff getting it done. I’ve learned how to be a better delegator over the course of my life.”
With so many responsibilities, the day flies be for Richard. He never completes one task without the next concern creeping into the front of his mind.
“I worry about players being happy and healthy,” Davis said. “I worry about my staff being happy and healthy. I worry about my wife.”
The worries grow easier when a first-year team goes 5-7 and shocks the Champions Indoor League by making the playoffs.
Players notice the hard work Richard puts in every day. Damien Ford said he’s never seen one person have some roles in addition to the most important role in any man’s life.
“And still have to be a father,” Ford said. “I’m pretty sure he has plenty of sleepless nights.”
Coach doesn’t sleep a lot. Most of his game plans for that week’s opponent come at three or four o’clock in the morning. It’s in those moments that Davis knows he’s in his true calling.
“I can’t ever imagine leaving that day-to-day part of the game behind,” Davis said.
Coach Davis will conduct exit interviews this week and then take some time off before preparing for next season.