By Joanna Chadwick
South has hired Chuck Gunter as its boys basketball coach. He replaces Kendall Hope, who resigned after one season. The Titans were 2-19 under Hope.
“I’m glad to get the opportunity to coach high school ball,” said Gunter, 35. “I’ve been coaching AAU ball for a while, and I want to make the most of this opportunity and try to help these young men become ready for college.”
Gunter, who has coached AAU for 14 years and is a 1996 Southeast grad, takes over a program that has had little stability. He is South’s eighth coach in nine seasons. The last time South, which has won 15 games in the last five seasons, had a winning record was under Deon Allen in 2007-08 when the Titans went 15-7.
“The best thing I can do is pray to God that everything will work out and turn the program around, step by step,” Gunter said. “I want to try to get some stabilization with the kids, get them to think of each other as friends and not as enemies with each other. I think they kind of competed on the court instead of competing for each other.”
Gunter, who is a security guard at Sowers Middle School, was named as a likely assistant coach to new West coach Carl Taylor, but then he was hired at South. Gunter also was on the staff of Chris Brown, who was hired in the spring of 2012 but then let go later that summer.
South last went to state in 1999-2000 in coach Chris Davis’ second season. He coached South for eight seasons and was 55-96. Then Deon Allen was there for 2 years, 22-22. Ty White one year, 3-18; Steve Lilly 1 year, 2-19, Demarcco Owens 2 years, 8-34. Brown was hired after Owens was let go in the spring of 2012..