Longtime West Charlotte assistant boys’ basketball coach Jacoby Davis is set to take over the program, sources told the Observer. West Charlotte athletics director Chris Satterfield was not available for comment.
Davis was an assistant under Baronton Terry, who resigned this month to become coach at Olympic High. Davis’ son, also named Jacoby, played at West Charlotte.
Terry, 50, coached at West Charlotte since the start of the 2008 season. He led the Lions to five N.C. 4A Western Regional appearances and made two state finals. West Charlotte won the 2011 state championship, beating Raleigh Millbrook 78-69. Led by future McDonald’s All-American and UNC basketball star Kennedy Meeks, that 2010-11 Lions team won the school’s seventh state title and beat postseason opponents by a combined margin of 129 points.
Terry said he made the decision to leave for personal reasons. His oldest daughter, Moriah, plays varsity basketball and softball at Olympic. She’s in ninth grade. He has two younger daughters – 13-year-old Aliyah and 9-year-old Barri – who will be at Olympic soon. He wanted to spend more time with them. Olympic also is a short drive from his house. West Charlotte is across town.
West Charlotte formed a search committee to help find a replacement. The committee, sources said, considered Davis, former North Mecklenburg star Titus Ivory and former West Charlotte All-American Jeff McInnis among its finalists. McInnis led the Lions to the 1991 N.C. 4A championship. Then a sophomore, McInnis was named championship game most valuable player before leaving for Oak Hill (Va.) for his junior and senior seasons.
A group of Lions alumni had started an online petition to urge the school to hire McInnis.