TORRINGTON – The Eastern Wyoming College men’s basketball team will tip off the season Saturday at 3 p.m. against the Northern Colorado All-Stars by remembering and honoring the past.
The team will recognize former head coach Bob Davis Friday evening in a reception from 6-8 p.m. at the Cottonwood Country Club.
“The reception is going to be an opportunity to say thank you for his service. We are also going to reminisce and maybe roast him a little bit,” first-year EWC head coach Tim Moser said laughing.
Davis will also be recognized during halftime of Saturday’s game.
Davis coached the Lancers from 1987-2002, becoming the winningest coach in program history. He averaged 21 wins per season while winning nine Wyoming Conference titles and two Region IX championships.
During his stay in Torrington, he was named the Region IX or WCCAC Coach of the Year on eight occasions.
Moser saw the many sides to Davis.
“I had the opportunity to play for him, worked with him and coach against him,” he said. “I saw him from three different aspects. There is a little bit of him inside of me.”
One of the things Moser remembers the most about him is the lessons he learned from Davis.
“He’s touched so many lives,” Moser said. “We just want to recognize him for what he did for the college. He took the men’s basketball program and took it to a national level when he was here. He is a tremendous man, great coach and one of the best recruiters I’ve been around.”
Admission to the game is free when the Lancers take to the court Saturday for the first time at home.
“When we took this job, there is no doubt, we had to clean it up a little bit,” Moser said. “We wanted to change the culture and bring in some high-character kids.”
That’s what he did.
“It’s kind of what Bob did when he first got here,” Moser said. “They are going to represent the college and the community well.”
He added it’s going to be a process, taking things one day and one game at a time.
“Every night this year, we are going to have to bring our a-game or we are going to get beat. As long as this group stays the course, they will be fine,” Moser said. “When the people come out and see them, they will find them to be a nice group to follow.”