A committed coach

Published 12:03 am Friday, April 6, 2012

Merril Davis (right) is shown during last season with his son, Collin, on the Mudcats baseball team. | Courtesy photo

Davis: I get involved to make sure it’s still about the kids

For the better part of 27 years, Andalusia native Merrill Davis has in some way, shape or form been involved with the local recreation baseball league.

Davis grew up playing baseball and coached some during high school. After graduation, he became affiliated with Johnson park as a coach.

In the last four seasons, Davis has coached his sons — Collin and Corban — who are both playing in the Cal Ripken league this season.

“I’ve been a part of this since I was 8 years old,” Davis said.

Davis said he loves coaching because he wants to make sure his kids have the same “opportunities” as he did growing up.

“Andalusia has a great recreation department,” he said. “What they do and strive to do in baseball, my hat goes off to them.

“I get involved to make sure it’s still about the kids,” he said.

Davis is coaching the River Dogs 7-to-8-year-old boys team this season. Collin plays for his father, and Corban plays for the 9-10 Blue Jays for coach Bob Burkhardt.

Last season, Davis was an asssistant coach for the Mudcats.

Davis said he couldn’t pinpoint any one season that sticks out to him because the players are what make each year “unique.”

“I think every season is unique to itself,” he said. “You always have boys that surprise you. I have a lot of fun seeing the boys that develop through the season.

“I’ve got three rules — have fun, practice the fundamentals and build friendships — winning takes care of itself,” he said.

Davis is also married to Shanna.

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