Brian Davis, who played at Kent-Meridian and has coached at Kentridge, was named new coach for defending state champ Kentwood.

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COVINGTON — Brian Davis is the new boys basketball coach at Kentwood High School.

“I’ve been on cloud nine all day,” said Davis, who was hired Thursday.

Davis has many Kent ties. He played basketball at Kent-Meridian High, graduating in 1998. After a two-year stint in the Navy, he was an assistant coach at Kentridge from 2000-2006. Davis, 29, then moved to Bellingham to attend Western Washington University and has been an assistant coach at Squalicum High of Bellingham from 2006-10.

The Storm won its second straight Class 2A state championship this year.

After UCLA-bound Joshua Smith led Kentwood to the 4A state title in March, Michael Angelidis stepped down as coach, citing a desire to spend more time with his family.

Davis will be a substitute teacher in the Kent School District this fall.

“He’s very enthusiastic, very passionate and very organized,” Kentwood athletic director Jo Anne Daughtry said. “I just think he’s going to be a good fit for Kentwood.”