Former Grayson football coach Christian Hunnicutt headed to Villa Rica

Grayson head coach Christian Hunnicutt looks on during Friday's game. (Photo: Craig Cappy)

It didn’t take long for Christian Hunnicutt to find another high school football coaching job.

Less than a week after resigning as Grayson’s coach, the 47-year-old was introduced as the new head coach at Villa Rica High School on Tuesday.

“I’m really excited,” Hunnicutt said after his initial meeting with Villa Rica players and others around the school’s community Tuesday. “I was really impressed by the show of support from the community (Tuesday). I had a great first introduction to the team.”

Hunnicutt announced he was stepping down at Grayson six days ago, saying he had “some philosophical differences regarding personnel, but I don’t have any ill will toward (school administration),” after guiding the Rams to a 20-5 mark, including a Region 8-AAAAAAA championship and two trips to the Class AAAAAAA state playoffs the past two seasons.

Grayson was ranked nationally in the preseason in 2018, and finished 10-3 before being eliminated by Lowndes in the Class AAAAAAA state quarterfinals.

Hunnicutt has an overall record of 24-11 as a head coach, which also includes one season at East Jackson High School in Commerce, and also has nearly two decades of experience as an assistant, including 14 seasons on the staff at Buford, plus a year at Grayson before becoming head coach.

He takes over a Villa Rica program that has had only nine winning seasons and four state playoff appearances over the past 20 years.

The Wildcats went 5-5 and finished fifth in ultra-competitive Region 7-AAAAA this past season.

“Obviously, it’s it’s going to be a challenge in terms of the transition,” Hunnicutt said. “There’s new language and new verbiage (in the system he will bring in), but I’m really excited about the challenge, and I’m really excited about the opportunity.”

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Graduated from GSU in 1990. Have worked in sports journalism for the past 28 years, covering a variety of sports at the Gwinnett Daily News, AJC, Lafayette (La.) Daily Advertiser and Marietta Daily Journal before returning to Gwinnett at the Post in 2007.