This season (16/17) marked the 19th season in existence for the Rocks. Things have changed quite a bit since the early days. The Edinburgh Rocks, The Scottish Rocks and now the Glasgow Rocks. From Meadowbank to the Emirates, via Braehead and the Kelvin Hall. If I could remember enough of the players I’d probably try to name them all here too!
It’s often said that none of the above make the club. It’s the fans that are the heart and soul of any sports organisation. They’re the beating heart. The one consistent. There year after year through thick and thin. However with the Rocks, it’s a little bit different. The fans aren’t the only ones who’ve stayed in it for the long haul.
Number 4 has too.
283 games played. 1407 rebounds. 533 free throws made. All franchise records.
He also scored a rather handy 3019 points for the Rocks – second only to Ted Berry. If you look at his BBL record as a whole, he’s a very impressive 8th in the record books.
Number 4 was a large part of our history and we saw that officially recognised when the club retired the #4 jersey and inducted Sterling Davis into the hall of fame alongside Ted Berry and Iain MacLean.
Season 15/16 saw Sterling retire from playing and become the full time coach for the Rocks. He led us to a 5th place finish and a playoff semi-final. Season 16/17 had many fans looking forward to seeing what improvements Sterling could make in his second season as full time coach, with help from new Assistant Coach Erik Olsen. Looking back, A 12 game record winning streak, a BBL Cup final and a 3rd place finish in the league was something Rocks fans can be pleased with, particularly as the team got hit by a number of injuries throughout the season.
Sterling leaves the Glasgow Rocks having coached virtually half their games in the BBL at 408 games. All other Rocks coaches combined have coached 409. He led the club to a 3rd place finish three times which is the Rocks second best ever finish (we finished 2nd in the 05/06 season). It is also worth noting Sterling coached the team to reach every BBL final (BBL Playoffs, Trophy, Cup x 2).
We may not have won any silverware when he was at the helm, but for 11 seasons, over half of our existence, as a player, player/coach and coach he was our Rock.
Thank you for the memories Coach Davis.