By Seth Goldman
As the school day comes to a close, Cody Davis â09 heads to football practice. Unlike his friends, Davis does not walk down to Ted Slavin Field.Â Instead, he drives to Mirman School where he coaches flag football to fifth and sixth graders.Â
Davis began coaching last year as an assistant under Nick Grief â07 and is now the teamâs head coach.
âI think heâs really responsible,â said Jack Kuhlenschmidt â10, Davisâ assistant coach. âHe really knows his football even though he hasnât really played much.â
Davis schedules all of the teamâs games, runs two practices a week and draws up and runs all of the teamâs plays.
âDrawing up plays gives me a chance to be creative,â he said. âIn flag football there are basically no restrictions on the formations you can use, so I can come up with crazy plays that catch other teams off guard. Theyâre also really fun for players to run.â
It is not all fun and games for Davis and Kuhlenschmidt, who have to deal with parents who feel their children donât receive enough playing time.Â Sometimes players miss all of the teamâs practices leading up to a game and then expect to start, Davis said.Â
Although he enjoys bonding with the players, Davis knows that the player-coach dynamic must be kept intact.Â Kuhlenschmidt makes sure the kids stay disciplined along with coaching the defense. A PE coach at Mirman coaches the special teams.Â
The teamâs record stands at 3-3, but the players havenât been able to practice recently because of the Los Angeles area fires.
Davis, who plays lacrosse for Harvard Westlake, plans to coach the same team next year.Â Â Â Â Â
âItâs been great coaching with Cody.Â Iâve been mentored,â Kuhlenschmidt said.Â âIâm not sure if Iâm going to keep coaching once Cody is done.Â I donât know if I can hold up what he has accomplished.â