Larry Ginn has another reason to smile on his coaching tree from the afterlife.
Though Jacksonville’s Cordell Hunt would like to forget the Golden Eagles’ 70-34 loss to Madison Academy in Monday’s Northeast Regional Class 4A semifinals, the big picture comes in the Hunt-led turnaround. The second-year head coach took his team from three wins a year ago to 19 and a regional this year.
The run included an area-tourney title.
It should come as no surprise. Hunt played under Ginn at Alexandria in the mid-1990s and learned under Ginn disciples Jonathan Miller at Saks and Ryan Chambless at Jacksonville.
Miller has gotten his team to the Final Four and had the Wildcats in the Northeast Regional final a year ago. Chambless won a girls state title at Jacksonville and took another Jacksonville team to Birmingham and serves as Pleasant Valley’s boys head coach.
Another Ginn disciple, former Alexandria assistant coach Daryl Hamby, has Weaver consistently competitive in football and basketball. Jason Johnson has carried on nicely as Ginn’s replacement at Alexandria.
With the help of White Plains transfer Macey Carr, Hunt worked the Ginn way at Jacksonville, Alexandria’s rival. The Golden Eagles will lose Carr, a senior, but return most of his team, including cousins DeAndre McCain and Donavon McCain.
Ginn’s disciples just keep on validating the Ginn way.