Davis High School obviously is a big job because of the people that are there, because of the past and what they can offer for the future. It’s a top of the line school, not only athletically but academically. I’m humbled and excited for the opportunity. —Chad Sims

Davis High School didn’t have to look far to fill one of the most desirable coaching jobs in the state.

A month after Jay Welk stepped down as boys basketball coach after 24 seasons, new Davis principal Richard Swanson announced the hiring of Chad Sims Friday as the new head coach.

“We were impressed about not only Chad’s coaching, but also his commitment to education, his commitment to the classroom, the way that he teaches, the way he interacts with his students that way,” said Swanson.

Sims is no stranger to Region 1 basketball. He’s been Northridge’s head coach for the past three seasons, and prior to that he was Weber’s coach for seven years from 2003 to 2010.

“Davis High School obviously is a big job because of the people that are there, because of the past and what they can offer for the future. It’s a top of the line school, not only athletically but academically,” said Sims. “I’m humbled and excited for the opportunity.”

During a one-year hiatus between head coaching jobs at Weber at Northridge during the 2010-2011 basketball season, Sims served as an assistant to Jay Welk at Davis High School.

Sims believes that experience coaching with Welk and seeing the Davis High culture firsthand “is invaluable heading into a challenge like this.”

Sims’ career coaching record is 96-124. He only had one winning season in seven years at Weber, qualifying for the playoffs twice. However, in the past three years he led Northridge to winning records in two of three seasons and an outright Region 1 title in the 2011-12 season.

“The administration (at Northridge) and the faculty and the coaching staff and the community gave me an opportunity here that was awesome,” said Sims. “Leaving this is tough. It wasn’t an easy decision by any means.”

Sims is replacing one of the modern legends of coaching in Utah. Welk guided Davis to a 351-199 record in his 24 years, including a state championship in 2002 and two runner-up finishes.

When he announced his retirement, Welk said his eventual replacement would step into a fantastic opportunity.

“I don't think there's a better job in the world than teaching and coaching at Davis High,” said Welk.

Sims, a graduate of Clearfield High and Weber State, already lives in Kaysville with his wife Jodi and their five children.

“Obviously Davis has some of the best talented basketball kids in the state, and to be able to have that opportunity to work with those kids on the basketball court to see what we can accomplish is very exciting,” said Sims.