Former Barnegat Football Coach Heads South For New Challenge
When Rob Davis stepped down as head football coach at Barnegat High School in November of 2020 those who knew him were pretty much unanimous that it was just a matter of time before he would return to the sidelines. After two years away from coaching Davis is back doing what he loves after being named the head coach at Egg Harbor Township Tuesday night as well as a Special Education teacher at the high school.
Davis was the first and only coach at Barnegat until he cited health concerns during COVID as the reason for his decision following 15 years in which the Bengals went 82-69 with four division titles. “I need to take a step back and take care of my health,” Davis said at the time. “I definitely want to coach again.”
While away from coaching the 52-year old stayed involved in the game by launching The Shore Football Report and using his website and social media to provide content focused on the Shore Conference. Davis was also President of the Shore Conference Coaches Association until his term expired last month.
At Egg Harbor he takes over a program that had only one winning season in former coach Kevin Stetser’s nine-year tenure. The Eagles went 4-6 in 2022 playing in the West Jersey Football League’s United Division with Mainland, Atlantic City, Oakcrest, Absegami and Bridgeton.
Davis, who will meet with his players next week, said one of his first priorities is to recruit more kids to join the team as they need to get their numbers up. He admits to being “pumped up” by this opportunity. “I took Barnegat to the NJSIAA playoffs as a Group 1, 2 and 3 program. A bucket list item for me would to do the same thing with Egg Harbor, a Group 5 school.”
The Eagles open the 2023 season on Friday, August 25 when they take on Kingsway.