Gadsden County Schools Superintendent Reginald James introduced Michael Hunt during a press conference Tuesday as the new head coach of East Gadsden High School’s varsity basketball team.
Former coach Demetric Salters has moved on to Lincoln High. James said he decided to hire Hunt because “he has a tremendous resume and experience at both the high school and college level, and I felt he would be a good match.”
After his introduction, Hunt approached the podium and displayed an extremely humble spirit as he addressed the media. He expressed excitement and surprise over landing the job.
“I had no idea that they wanted me,” Hunt said, “and I’m glad to be here.”
When asked about his basketball background, he said he played his high school basketball at Southwest High in his hometown of Macon, Ga., before going on to play on the collegiate level at Furman College in Greensville, S.C.
After graduating college, Hunt went on to become a graduate assistant at Florida State in 1986-87. His first coaching experience with the Seminoles led him to various other coaching opportunities on both the collegiate and high school level, which included stops at the University of Miami and Palmetto High School. Altogether the Jaguar basketball team’s new leader brings 21 years of coaching experience to the program.
He said his desire is to build on the rich basketball tradition at East Gadsden by producing a “well-conditioned team that will play an up-tempo but controlled style of basketball.” Hunt also revealed his hope of building onto the school’s legacy by being able to compete for state championships. In order to do so, he said, “It will take hard work and a little luck.”
Hunt also showed a lot of passion and concern for helping his players become successful not just on the court but in life.
“It’s not about me,” Hunt said. “It’s about the players; I want to have the players play up to the best of their ability and help them get to the next level.”
To be able to fully help them, he said that the players must do their part by keeping their grades up and playing well.
Seven players came out to show support for their new coach. EGHS rising senior Bobby Dukes said, “I feel excited, but it may be a little different having a new coach.”
Hunt said he felt good about the support the team received from the superintendent, staff and the community.
Jaguar fans, get ready to cheer the team and new coach as they embark upon a new season of success!