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Davis resigns at New Prairie

May 17, 2019

Three seasons, three coaches.

With Tuesday’s unexpected resignation of Kris Davis after his first year on the New Prairie bench, boys basketball is a program now marked by instability.

“It’s not ideal at all,” Cougars athletic director Ben Bachmann said Tuesday. “I think stability is one of the biggest things you see in consistent programs, within the coaching staffs, too. That’s something we have to get in place at New Prairie.”

Bachmann wasn’t expecting to be looking for a new hoops coach as the school year winds down, though that’s what he’s faced with after Davis notified him of his decision. Davis was approved for a teaching position at Goshen on Monday night and word got out back at New Prairie early Tuesday morning before he was able to let the team know.

“We thank coach Davis for his time at New Prairie and wish him all the best in his future endeavors,” Bachmann said. “I was (surprised). He just said it was a family decision.”

Davis, a New Prairie graduate, went 7-16 in his debut campaign. He will be a varsity assistant at Goshen.

“I appreciated the opportunity to teach and coach at my alma mater,” said Davis, who lives in the Goshen area. “I have many fond memories of NP and being a head coach was a professional goal of mine. After going through the year, it just wasn’t the best fit for my family and me. The Goshen opportunity opened up, and I felt like it was in the best interest of my family’s future to make the move back. I wish nothing but success for New Prairie in the future.”

As for the timing of the move, Bachmann said, “it’s not necessarily problematic, but it’s obviously not ideal either, going into the summer.” Davis’ staff was entirely new as well.

“We have some (teaching) positions open, so that obviously gives the search some flexibility,” he said.

N.P. has struggled to gain traction over the last 15 seasons, winning no more than 13 games since 2003, the last time it won a sectional. It’s also winless in its last four postseasons. The seven wins last winter were all against smaller schools.

“I think it definitely can be,” Bachmann said on New Prairie’s chances to be successful in boys buckets at what’s become a prominent football school. “We’re looking for someone that values education-based athletics, who has a drive and desire to get a total program in place, a feeder system, to get our program back where it can be. It was one of those things that was starting to move forward. It’s hard to say within a year, but I think a plan was in place. It’s just been inconsistent.”