Christian Hunnicutt is headed back to Gwinnett County, this time as the head football coach at Grayson.
Hunnicutt will be introduced Friday afternoon as the replacement for outgoing Rams head coach Jeff Herron, who won the Class AAAAAAA state championship in his only season there. Herron replaced longtime Grayson head coach Mickey Conn, who was hired for a college job at Clemson.
His hire is pending Gwinnett County Public Schools Board of Education approval.
“The Grayson community is a really special place,” Hunnicutt said. “There are so many special things going on at Grayson High School. Being able to spend time around the Grayson coaches, the Grayson kids and the Grayson community was a very special time for me. I’m excited to jump back in with those people and looking forward to reestablishing those relationships.
“I’m extremely excited to get back connecting with Grayson kids, Grayson coaches, the Grayson community. Hopefully, we’ll keep the ball rolling, keep the momentum going through the program.”
Hunnicutt is familiar with Grayson, where he coached the offensive line in 2015, and with Gwinnett after a long tenure at Buford, where he was offensive line coach from 1997-2011. He was the Wolves’ offensive coordinator from 2004-11, helping win seven state championships during his time there.
He won the Touchdown Club of Gwinnett’s Tally Johnson Award as assistant coach of the year twice — in 2004 at Buford and in 2015 at Grayson.
After leaving Buford, he coached at Peach County (2012), Lowndes (2013-14) and Grayson (2015) before being hired as the head coach at East Jackson. In his only season, East Jackson went 4-6 — its most wins in a single season since 2009 and a great improvement for a program that won just three games total the previous four years.
Hunnicutt, who also was Buford’s head wrestling coach from 2000-05, also is well respected in the classroom, teaching Advanced Placement American government and psychology courses throughout his career. He was Buford’s STAR Teacher in 2003.
He inherits a Grayson program that went 14-1 last season, was 13-1 the previous season under Conn and won 10 or more games nine of the past 10 seasons. Despite some key graduation losses, will have a talented roster next season, and that group will be coached by virtually the same staff, save for the man in charge.
“I don’t foresee any staff changes or overhauls, anything like that,” Hunnicutt said. “They lost two games in two years, so with something like that, clearly there’s an outstanding coaching staff in place. They’re men that care about kids, men that coach hard, teach hard in the classroom, men of character.”
THE HUNNICUTT FILE
Name: Christian Hunnicutt
New position: Head football coach at Grayson
Former position: Head football coach at East Jackson
Career record: 4-6
Education: Graduated from Osborne High School; earned a degree in education from the University of Georgia
Background: Before becoming East Jackson’s head coach, was Grayson’s offensive line coach for the 2015 season; also coached at Lowndes (2013-14) and Peach County (2012); was offensive line coach at Buford from 1997-2011, including offensive coordinator duty from 2004-11; was Buford’s head wrestling coach from 2000-05; two-time recipient of the Touchdown Club of Gwinnett’s Tally Johnson Award as assistant coach of the year (2004, Buford and 2015, Grayson); coached at North Clayton for the 1995 and 1996 seasons; Buford’s STAR teacher in 2003
Family: Daughter, Presley, 12