WAKEFIELD–Only 30 games into the franchise’s first season the Ocean State Waves have fired manager Phil Davidson.
“The Ocean State Waves (OSW) announced today that on July 13, 2013, Jeff Sweenor, owner of OSW, terminated the employment of Phil Davidson as OSW’s head coach and manager,” the team said in a press release Tuesday. “Mr. Davidson’s duties are now being handled by OSW’s assistant coach, Rian McCarthy.”
The release did not give any specific reasons as to why Davidson was let go but went on to say, “as a community based organization, OSW took swift action to preserve the integrity of OSW and the interests of, the NCAA, the NECBL and the community of South County, Rhode Island.”
“OSW will continue to provide quality affordable family entertainment and baseball. OSW’s actions demonstrate its commitment to preserving its role as a leader in the community and promise to do so for years to come.”
Speculation on Davidson’s status with the team emerged over the past week as sources from the Newport Gulls, Mystic Schooners and Holyoke Blue Sox confirmed that Davidson has not been in the opposing dugout in each of the Waves’ last three games.
Narragansett Times reporter Matthew Preston confirmed Davidson coached in last Wednesday’s 4-3 win over Laconia, while a representative from the Plymouth Pilgrims also stated that Davidson coached in Thursday’s 6-3 Plymouth win – what proved to be Davidson’s last game with the Waves.
Prior to Tuesday afternoon’s release, New England College Baseball League (NECBL) Director of Media Relations Donald Leypoldt told The Times that no suspension had been filed with the league.
“Nothing formal has been filed with the league,” Leypoldt said by phone Tuesday morning. “If there was an ejection report one would have come out.”
The now former manager also works at Bombsquad Baseball Company – which is owned by Sweenor – as an instructor.
According to his Bombsquad staff biography, Davidson was a standout player at Toll Gate, winning the 2001 Rhode Island High School Gatorade Player of the Year award.
He went on to become a four-year starter at North Carolina State University and had a short career playing minor league baseball.
After his playing career he spent some time on Jim Foster’s coaching staff at the University of Rhode Island and this past spring was an assistant coach on Jim Sauro’s staff at South Kingstown High School.