New Greenbrier head football coach Kevin Hunt was officially introduced to the team Wednesday in the school’s gymnasium, but he really needed no introduction.
He has been at the school for six years, working as an assistant coach for four of those, and has made a positive and lasting impression on team members.
“He’s a great coach and very motivational,” junior running back Jeremy Harden said.
Hunt was previously the head football coach at Cross Creek High School, but resigned in 2005 and came to Greenbrier for his family.
“My kids were entering high school here, and maybe it’s selfish, but I didn’t want to miss my kids playing,” Hunt said.
His need to watch his family derived from his personal experience at Lenoir-Rhyne University.
“My dad never saw me play,” said Hunt, who is the youngest of 12 children.
“I started 40 out of 42 games in college and my dad never saw me play one game. I made a vow to God and my kids that I would see my kids play, and if it cost me the opportunity to be head football coach, so be it.”
Hunt got to see his daughter Kaila, a 2010 Greenbrier High graduate and now sophomore at Alabama, play about 80 softball games. His son Jordan is a senior at the school, daughter Mattie is a freshman and daughter Libby is a seventh-grader at Greenbrier Middle.
It was that kind of dedication that led the seven-member search committee to select Hunt following the resignation of Brian Smith at the end of the football season.
“It was a very thorough process and we took our time with it,” said Greenbrier Athletic Director Garrett Black.
“We wanted to make sure we got the right piece of the puzzle and we feel like we got that with Coach Hunt.”
Hunt was happy when the school board unanimously approved him Tuesday night, but he wasn’t the only one pulling for it.
“Since the job was open, we hoped it would be him the whole time,” said junior linebacker/tight end Kris Cannon.