TAMPA – Koetter. That last name has quickly become a mainstay in the Tampa Bay area. With Dirk Koetter moving from offensive coordinator to head coach this off-season and his son Davis Koetter taking over the reigns under center at Berkeley Prep last year, the Koetter family is well known to both Buccaneers teams.
Davis, a rising senior came to Berkeley Prep after spending his first two high school seasons at Wesleyan High School in Norcross, Georgia. Dirk came to the Bucs from rival Atlanta in 2015 so Davis and the rest of the family joined him.
At 6’2’’, 185 lbs. Davis excelled in his first season as the Berkeley Bucs quarterback throwing for 1,064 yards, nine touchdowns and six interceptions. He called his junior season great.
“We played a tough schedule and competed throughout the year,” Davis said. “We had a great group of guys and I was happy to be a part of it. My transition to Berkeley was seamless through the help of some great teammates and coaches.”
Coming over from Wesleyan where the team ran a spread offense, Davis says there is a big difference between his old and new system.
“At Berkeley, I am under center a lot and we’re a heavy run team. What makes Berkeley so different is the coaching staff. We have a lot of great coaches that have us headed in the right direction.”
Currently, eight schools are interested in Koetter at the next level, the list includes, Lehigh, Yale, Harvard, North Dakota State, Tufts, Florida International, Washington and Stetson.
Davis says he just wants to play and is willing to play at whichever university considers him.
As for his dad supporting Berkeley Prep, Davis says Dirk came to every game last season and to as many games as he could. Davis enjoys every second of their relationship.
“It is a huge blessing to have such a great coach and football mind at my house. I take his advice and talk football with him all the time. My dad has been great with letting me be around the facility and players everywhere he has been
..I cherish all of the memories I have learned from him by being around the teams he has coached. He has given me every opportunity and resource you could imagine to be successful.”
Davis can’t pinpoint an exact age as to when he started playing football, but he says he’s had the ball in his hands as long as he can remember.
“Football has been a huge part of my life. I have gained my confidence through experience and the work I put in during the off-season.”
His dad is the guy he identified as his biggest role model in his life. Davis says he is the most loyal guy and he can always count on him to be straight up about everything.
“He has instilled a lot of values in me that have helped shape me into the person I am today. He’s always wanted the best for me. He has taught me how to compete on and off the field.”
It’s hard to think of Berkeley Prep and not picture head coach Dominick Ciao. The storied Hillsborough Country coach is one of the good guys around the city. Ciao enters his 10th season at Berkeley and 27th overall at the prep level.
“Coach Ciao is a great coach. He has made me grow up, he’s taught me a lot about being a great person on and off the field. He has built a great staff at Berkeley of former players which is a testament to his success over his years of being a coach.”
Davis says his biggest strength in his game right now is his overall competitiveness. On the flipside, he wants to improve his passing from a great base in his final season.
Working on adding more muscle is something that Davis is also very focused on at this point. Doubling as a shooting guard for the Bucs basketball team, he says that is something that is beneficial because he’s able to carry over experiences from one sport to the next on top of staying in shape.
When Davis is on the field all he thinks about is competing. His dad always tells him to play to your strengths and hide your weaknesses.
Regardless of his future, Davis knows one thing for sure. He desires to be just like his dad.
“I have always wanted to be my dad. I hope that one day I can be half the coach that he is and have a successful coaching career.”
Although Davis only had two games with 200 or more passing yards, like he said this is a run-first offense under Ciao. But in his second season at Berkeley, expect him to shine as he’s shown his comfort level with everyone around is top notch.
The Bucs went 6-4 last season, but will likely find a way to turn things around despite the departure of graduating senior and Ole Miss commit TE Jacob Mathis.
Note: Berkeley travels to Admiral Farragut on Wednesday, May 18 for their spring game.
Favorite player to watch – Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston
Favorite movie – Remember the Titans
Fun fact about you, no one knows – “I love 70’s music. The Eagles, Earth Wind and Fire, and The Jackson 5
Nickname from teammates or friends – “Deep Water Davis”
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