St. Louis College Prep’s basketball program is just starting, and new coach Torrey Davie says he wants to make sure he is a part of it.
Coach Davie is well known in the St. Louis high school basketball world, having spent 17 years coaching at a variety of schools.
“I coached for 13 years at Beaumont High School as the assistant head coach and the JV coach,” he said. “I coached for two years at Confluence Prep as the JV coach and two years as the Varsity head coach and then last year I coached as the JV coach at Sumner High School.”
During his coaching career Coach Davie has helped lead a lot of players, and schools, to greatness.
“I have not had any players make it to the NBA, but three or four of the boys I coached have made it to the NFL,” he said. “While I was at Beaumont High we were one of the top teams in the city and for several years we were ranked in the top five in the state.”
Coach Davie said throughout his coaching career he has focused on helping players who come from difficult backgrounds.
“I am used to molding young men whose circumstances are not ideal,” he said, ”who come from non-traditional homes. That has always been a passion of mine.”
It is a passion he is excited about bringing to St. Louis College Prep, where he will have the chance to not only mold players but the entire program.
“We are building the program from the ground up,” he said. “As the school grows we will grow as well.”
He said that is one of the main reasons he decided to join the St. Louis College Prep staff.
“I had several coaching options going into this school year and it was a difficult decision, but this was the best opportunity because I had a chance to grow and mold the program the way I wanted to,” he said. “I could have gone into a program that was already established and we might have won more games but long term would not be as stable and promising as what we have here.”
Another major benefit for Coach Davie was that St. Louis College Prep offered him a chance of achieving his dream of being a full-time teacher with a staff that cared about their scholars.
“I was in the non-profit field for 17 years, where I was director of programs for an organization that was inside several high schools in the city,” he said. “I wanted a chance to get closer to the students. Seeing how this school operated - it is totally different than any other school I have been in and different in a great way. The kids are treated the way I think students should be treated. The staff is very supportive and passionate about the student’s success. That is not the case in all schools. The energy is just positive here.”