First Posted: 1/15/2009
ROWLAND - When the South Robeson High baseball team hits the diamond this season, they will do so with a new coach who's not new to the game.
Jerome Hunt, South Robeson High's newest athletics director, will also coach the Mustangs' baseball team.
Hunt had been the baseball coach at Purnell Swett High until he returned to his alma mater in late 2005, filling the vacancy left after three key members of the South Robeson athletic staff resigned over a dispute between South Rob principal Jesse McCormick and former basketball coach Travis Pait.
Pait, athletics director Corky Hayes and baseball coach Willie George all resigned their positions in the athletic department in November. Hayes now teaches at Orrum Middle School, while George and Pait continue to teach at South Robeson.
Hunt was named the new athletics director in December and said at that time that he would consider coaching the South Robeson baseball team. County athletics director Ronnie Chavis confirmed this week that Hunt will take on those responsibilities.
Hunt coached baseball for nine seasons at Purnell Swett, and was a a pitcher and short stop on the South Robeson baseball team that won a state championship in 1986. Hunt won the MVP award of the state finals that year.
Hunt also played baseball at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.