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MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) – A well-known face shall be a really new place when soccer season rolls round later this yr.
When Butch Davis began placing collectively a employees of assistant coaches for his new job at FIU a few months in the past, he was dealing with a little bit of a conundrum.
He wanted recruiting assist shortly, but didn’t need to make hasty hires.
Fortunately for Davis, his boss was prepared to primarily begin working for him.
Davis and FIU director of sports activities and leisure Pete Garcia have been joined on the hip for a lot of their soccer lives, and are once more now. Davis’ first-class of FIU recruits can be unveiled Wednesday, and he acquired loads of assist from Garcia in placing it collectively, identical to at Miami 20 years in the past once they lured star after star after star to the Hurricanes.
“He’s invaluable,” Davis stated. “Wouldn’t it have been a deal breaker had he not been right here to assist? I don’t know.”
He didn’t need to reply. If Garcia wasn’t at FIU, Davis virtually definitely wouldn’t be there. When FIU determined to fireside Ron Turner halfway by means of final season, hypothesis instantly centered on Garcia, who has made splashy hires earlier than, like Isiah Thomas as basketball coach a number of years in the past, bringing Davis again to South Florida.
They obtained the deal carried out, and now the sixty five-yr-previous Davis is tasked with respiration life right into a program that hasn’t been to a bowl recreation since 2011.
“I’ll say this: He’s working more durable at this time than I’ve ever seen him work in his life,” Garcia stated. “He’s having fun with each single minute. I’m telling you, he begins texting me at 5:30 within the morning and we’re nonetheless speaking on the telephone previous midnight. He’s seven-days-a-week, nonstop. His employees works so arduous. However the head coach outworks everyone.”
Garcia and Davis first teamed up at Miami; Garcia was closely concerned in recruiting when Davis arrived, and the pair clicked shortly. When Davis left the Hurricanes for the Cleveland Browns, Garcia got here together with him. They’ve remained shut since, and when FIU employed Turner in 2013, Davis was among the many few advisers that Garcia relied upon throughout that course of.
“We developed a relationship,” Davis stated. “He was passionate. He was relentless. He made positive we didn’t waste any time on youngsters who had no probability of stepping into faculty.”
When Davis wanted recruiting assist on this job, Garcia truly needed to take the NCAA check that may allow him to recruit off-campus. Now…