The Yellow Jacket men’s basketball team is already following the new path of Coach Jerry Brown as the coach took over before the school year was out. Grundy has been to camps and will do more before the summer is out.
Jerry Brown comes to Grundy from Wilson Central High School where he served as an assistant. Brown graduated Brentwood Academy in 2000 where he was a two-sport, All State athlete in football and basketball. From there, the coach played basketball at Volunteer State Community College and then to the University of West Alabama.
After graduation, Brown began his coaching career at Volunteer State Community College and spent two and a half years assisting the men and women. He then moved on to Greenbrier High as an assistant. He coached at Coffee County as an assistant and Warren County, and then to Wilson Central. Grundy County will be Brown’s first head coaching position.
“Trey Hampton, Boo Goins, and Blane Harris are back with a lot of experience. I’m looking for other kids to step up and help that were in the program last year,” said Brown.
Grundy has already traveled to camps. They played in the DeKalb County team camp for two days and went 2-4. They went 3-3 at the Murfreesboro Oakland camp following that. Their most recent action was in a play day at Van Buren County where they went 1-2.
When asked what he was most impressed with so far, Coach Brown was complimentary.
“These kids play extremely hard. They’re very coachable. They’re listening to what I tell them, but we need to take it to the next level. I need them to play faster. We need to improve our post play. We don’t have a lot of height. We have to counteract that if other teams have a dominant post player. But at the same time, we have to do what we’re going to do and hopefully win a lot of games,” said the coach.
The team and their boosters are selling Sonic cards for $10 to raise funds. See a basketball player or parent to assist with this fundraiser.
Coach Brown will need plenty of support to take the program in the direction he is looking to go. He will need the community to rally behind him and the team if success is expected.