When Davis basketball coach Jay Welk took over the Darts 24 years ago, he inherited a program fresh off a region title, one capable of making a state championship game in his second season.
Now Welk, who recently announced his retirement, is looking forward to returning the favor of handing over a program in prime condition to his successor. The Darts won the Region 1 title this year, advanced to the Class 5A state semifinals and will return one of the best players in the state next season, guard Jesse Wade.
"One of my criteria [of retirement] was I wanted to leave the program in the same place as I got it," Welk said. "Whoever gets this job is getting one of the best players to come through Davis High coming back. And there are very good players here besides Jesse.