Posted: 6:04 pm Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

Football: Palm Beach Gardens head coach Chris Davis resigns 

By Matt Porter

After Palm Beach Gardens’ most successful season since it won the state title in 2005, head football coach Chris Davis stepped down.

In Chris Davis' final season, Gardens went to the regional finals. (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post)

In Chris Davis' final season, Gardens went to the regional finals. (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post)

Davis, who went 18-13-1 at Gardens, informed players and the school’s administration of his decision on Wednesday.

Thanks to a fast-paced offense featuring lineman Avery Young (Auburn) and running back Roshard Burney (West Virginia), the Gators went 9-3-1 and lost to then-unbeaten Miramar in the Class 8A regional finals.

“I think we had a great cycle of kids who worked hard to get us back to where Gardens needed to be,” said Davis, 37. “I’m very proud of them. I’m not a father yet, but I’m really grateful to them because they taught me how to be a dad. I love them to death. This was one of the hardest things I had to do, to tell them this.”

Davis said he had accepted a coaching job at an out-of-area school, but could not yet give details.

Davis played quarterback at Clewiston and was an assistant at Lakeland, Glades Central and Fort Meade before taking over at Gardens in 2009.

Gardens sophomore quarterback J.P. Caruso, who had a breakout year last season under Davis, said the news was “sad but life moves on.” He said team morale remains high.

“We got a lot of good things going on at Gardens,” Caruso said. “We had a team meeting. We’re going to fight through it. No one’s going to transfer. We got a goal in mind and we’re going to work hard to achieve it.”

Updated at 10:18 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012

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