Randy Davis recently bought himself a fishing boat.
Considering he just stepped down after 15 seasons as a high school football coach, he’ll have plenty of time to concentrate on something slower-paced.
Davis, 67, resigned in March after a health-related abbreviated stint at Orting High School. Longtime Bethel High School assistant coach Tom Bannan was hired in early May to replace him.
“I decided to pull the plug,” Davis said.
Davis spent most of his career at Cascade Christian, winning 143 games (143-27 record) in 14 seasons, including a pair of Class 1A state championships in 2010 and 2014. He also led the Cougars to three other title-game appearances (2008, 2009, 2011).
He left at the end of the 2017 season to take the head-coaching position at Orting, a member of the 2A SPSL. But a few months before the Cardinals’ first game, he started experienced overwhelming pain in his back and legs.
“I could barely walk,” Davis said.
Doctors discovered that the leukemia he had been battling since 2004 was back in full force. Three games into the season, Davis stepped away from the team to resume cancer treatment while offensive coordinator Brian Flattum coached out the rest of 2018.
Davis had intended to return, but the cancer has now spread to his lymph nodes, forcing another round of treatment.
“My doctor said with the stress and the physical exertion of standing on the field all those hours, that I would be not be able to do it,” Davis said.
“It is a hard decision. It is going to be really brutal this fall (not coaching). But I am 67 years old, so how much more do I have? This is not the way I wanted to go out.”
Bannan, who is an Advanced Placement (AP) biology teacher at Orting, will become a head football coach for the first time.