Sims stays in Region 1 with move from Knights to Davis Darts sidelines in 2014
KAYSVILLE – For the last 24 seasons Jay Welk has roamed up and down the sidelines of the Davis Darts boys’ basketball team.
After finishing this season with a 21-3 overall record and a berth in the semi-finals, Welk stepped down as basketball coach soon after the team’s loss to eventual champion Lone Peak.
The Darts finished the season ranked second in the state behind Bountiful, and Welk said earlier that he knew he was leaving the program at the right time.
“I’ve accomplished a lot of good things here and I feel like I’m leaving the program in a good place with good players,” he said in an earlier interview with the Clipper. “There is so much support here from the parents, faculty, the coaching staff, everyone.”
Late last week, the Darts found their new coach in Chad Sims, a former assistant of Welk’s as well as the coach of Northridge High School’s boys’ basketball team.
Newly appointed principal Richard Swanson, who was named to the position recently after Dee Burton stepped down from the same position, made the announcement last Friday.
Sims had been the head coach at Northridge for the past three seasons. In that time he’s won a Region 1 title and guided the Knights to two playoff appearances. The team did not qualify for the playoffs this season.
Sims leaves Northridge with a 40-29 overall school record, and was 18-14 in Region 1 play with the Knights.
According to his biography on Northridge High School’s boys’ basketball website, Sims has spent a total of 10 seasons as a head coach, seven of them at Weber High School.
“It’s exciting and humbling to be the new coach at Davis High,” Sims said. “Welk is a great person, a great coach and a great educator and they all know how to treat their kids and do things the right way over there. I’m very excited to be the new coach.”
Sims is no stranger to Region 1 either. He graduated from Clearfield High School when the school was still in the region, and has coached at a Region 1 school since 2003.
The familiarity with the area is another reason Sims is excited to take over the program.
“Obviously knowing the area is a plus,” he said. “I’ve competed with Davis and against Davis and I’m excited for the opportunity to show what we can do.”
Sims said he met with the players Monday and talked to Welk about what he has done with the team in the past. He will eventually meet with the parents and then “start to get to work at creating a championship basketball team.”
During his one year under Welk as an assistant, Sims said the biggest thing he took away from Welk is learning how to be a professional, both in the classroom and on the basketball court.
“The success will usually follow,” he said. “I’m just excited for the challenge.”