Central Gwinnett’s new leadership in athletics has left Duluth without a head boys basketball coach.
Eddie Hood resigned from Duluth, where he had the second-most boys basketball wins in school history in five years, to become the athletic and activities director at Central. It has been his goal to move into athletic administration, recently going through the Gwinnett County Public Schools’ Aspiring AD Classes.
He replaces Matt Champitto, who left Central to become AD at North Gwinnett.
“That was one of my goals to eventually be in administration and an AD, to use sports to kind of help me get there,” Hood said. “The opportunity presented itself and it was really a no-brainer. … I think it’s going to be fun to work with the (Central) principal (Maryanne Grimes). She has high expectations, which is a good thing for Central. The need for the community to have leadership there and someone who cares about those kids a lot, it fits what I’m looking for.”
Hood was an assistant basketball coach for one season at Central before taking the job at Duluth. He also was a basketball assistant at Shiloh for two seasons and Newton for four seasons in the past.
At Duluth, the 33-year-old went 72-50 with four straight winning seasons and two state playoff appearances out of tough Region 7-AAAAAA.
“I’ll miss the community (at Duluth),” Hood said. “I’ll definitely miss the people I work with, the players. I’ll miss working with (Duluth principal) Mr. (Anthony) Smith. He’s a great principals who cares about this school. It’s a great place. Whoever gets the basketball job will have great talent and a program ready to take the next step. I hate that I won’t be able to do that with them.”
Hood was a high school athlete in Gwinnett, winning county and region titles in the 800-meter run during his career at South Gwinnett. After high school, he was an all-conference runner and NCAA Regional qualifier at Campbell University (N.C.).
He began his path in education shortly after college and reached a career goal with his hire at Central.
“I just want to continue to build the brand (at Central),” Hood said. “Matt Champitto did a great job with the Central brand. I hope I can come in and impact the community and the kids in a positive way and help them any way I can.”
THE HOOD FILE
Name: Eddie Hood
New position: Athletic and activities director at Central Gwinnett
Former position: Head boys basketball coach at Duluth
Education: Graduated from South Gwinnett High School in 2000; earned degree in social science education from Campbell University (N.C.); has master’s degree in secondary education from Troy (Ala.) and specialist degree in leadership from Georgia College
Background: Went 72-50 with four straight winning seasons the past five years at Duluth; posted the second-most boys basketball wins in school history behind Joe Marelle; previously was an assistant coach at Central Gwinnett (one year), Shiloh (two years) and Newton (four years); ran track at Campbell, earning all-conference honors and qualifying for NCAA Regionals; played basketball and ran track at South Gwinnett, winning county and region in the 800-meter run and placing in the top four at state twice