Profile Story: Coach Kim Davison
By Nate Delia, Branham Class of 2013
Since 1999 Branham High School has had many different baseball coaches and players, but Kim Davison has been there since day 1.
At the time, Davison was an active firefighter for the Redwood City Fire Department and his son was attending a reopened Branham High School.
Prior to Branham reopening in 1999, Davison had spent some time working on the baseball field that had then belonged to Valley Christian High School.
Davison was looking to pursue a coaching spot on Branham’s baseball team and to keep working on the field, which would go on to change the expectations of what is now Davison Field.
Davison and his father, Rod Davison, completely took over field maintenance for the baseball program. The Davisons spent countless hours on the field doing just about anything a baseball diamond could possibly need. But being a full time firefighter, a coach and working on the field was not an easy thing to do.
“The hardest part was always getting time off,” said Davison. “I had two or three guys that always wanted more time… and we would just swap days.”
Davison would find a way to make it work and would do so for the next 13 years. Davison retired from the department in 2012 and would decide to dedicate all of his free time to Branham baseball.
Besides putting in countless hours of working on the field, Davison has matched that time coaching as well.
“My family has been in baseball since I was a kid,” Davison said. “And I told myself if I ever got the chance to coach I would always teach people everything I know.”
Davison played baseball through high school but decided to hang up the cleats after he graduated. Once he got the opportunity to coach at Branham, he really got his chance to pass on all of his knowledge, most of which he picked up from his father.
Fellow coaches Landon Jacobs, the Bruins varsity head coach, and assistant coach Steve Janssen have coached with Davison for most of his career.
“We have coached together or against each other for almost 25 years,” said Janssen. “He is more than a fellow coach, he is one of my best friends. In most cases we don't have to say anything about a situation because we are usually on the same page with each other. We have gone through many of the same issues in our lives on and off the field. To sum it up best, coaching with Kim is more like coaching with a brother than just a friend.”
Davison and his father have both made a huge impact on Branham’s baseball program over the years. Most players that have played baseball for Branham have developed a clear understanding of what these two have done to shape this program.
Since his father has taken a smaller roll in coaching and working on the field, Davison continues to keep giving back to Branham, even if it’s much more than expected.
“His impact on our program is so impressive that it is hard to quantify,” said Jacobs. “Coach also provides so many memorable moments for our players and I know that many of the lasting memories for our guys come directly from Coach Davison.”
The Branham baseball program has been one of the top athletic programs in the area since the school re-opened in 1999. Seeing this program grow and develop into one of the powerhouse teams in the division keeps bringing Davison back year after year.
After 15 years with the program, in 2014 Davison was part of the Central Coast Section Division 2 championship team and part of the 2015 league championship team. Davison and the other coaches continue to build a playoff level program and are ready for another successful season.
Davison has given no hints of giving up his coaching spot anytime soon, but one day it will be time for him to sit back and just enjoy watching the game as a fan.
“I hope I can always come out,” Davison said. “Even if I am not here or whatever happens, I can always go out onto any baseball field.”