Greenbrier High School's defensive line coach got the call to move up to the top job Tuesday when the Columbia County School Board approved his promotion to head football coach.
Kevin Hunt replaces Brian Smith, who stepped down at the end of the 2011 season from the job he had held since 2008.
"It's been my goal for a long time to be the head coach at Greenbrier," Hunt said after the board meeting. "I think we have a good core of kids coming back, some kids that are willing to work hard."
Previously head coach at Cross Creek High School, Hunt has served as an assistant coach for the Wolfpack for the past six years. He teaches physical education at Greenbrier.
A graduate of Lenoir Rhyne College in Hickory, N.C., where he played linebacker, Hunt has been a teacher and coach since landing his first job at Butler High School in 1987.
He and his wife, Amy, have four children. Oldest daughter Kayla is a 2010 Greenbrier graduate and scholarship softball player at the University of Alabama; son Jordan is a senior at Greenbrier; daughter Mattie is a Greenbrier freshman; and daughter Lydia is a seventh-grader at Greenbrier Middle School.
Smith, who coached the team to a 5-5 record in 2011, remains at Greenbrier as a technology teacher. A former defensive coordinator at North Augusta High School, Smith weathered tremendous adversity during his three-year tenure as the school lost significant population after the rezoning for Grovetown High School, while continuing to play in the athletic classification for the state's largest schools.
With the latest reclassification from the Georgia High Schools Association, Greenbrier next year will play in AAAAA along with Grovetown, Evans and Lakeside high schools.