Rebecca Hunt named girls' BB coach at Brownfield, Tx.

by Mitch Word

The Brownfield News

by Mitch Word

The Brownfield News

Brownfield varsity assistant Basketball Coach Rebecca Hunt has been named the new Lady Cub girls' basketball coach entering the 2005-2006 school year.

Hunt, a graduate of Keyes High and OSU, is the daughter of Ella and Leroy Durham.

She replaces Sherman Chew, who was reassigned within the district, and at 25, she may be the youngest head coach of a 3-A program.

Hunt's enthusiasm for not only the girls' basketball program but the overall girls' athletic program in general was one of the main qualities that won her over with the search committee, according to Athletic Director Kevin Pittman.

“The very reason why the committee chose her over the other applicants was her enthusiasm,” Pittman said. “She has determination, good organizational skills and she is a great role model for the other kids.

“She is also invested in this community. She purchased a home here two years ago and this is where she wants to stay. She's not looking for a job here as a stepping stone. Those are the type of people you want to hang onto.”

This will be Hunt's first basketball head coaching job at the varsity level, although she has been the head cross country coach for two years. And while she may not have had the experience of other applicants, Pittman said that Hunt will be a tremendous asset to the basketball program.

“Where she may lack in years of experience she makes up for with her character and her love for kids, as well as the fact that she's hungry for success and she's not complacent,” he said. “She fits in well with the high school and with the kids.

“Rebecca is also committed to summer leagues and to having the gym open during the summer . And it's open to all the girls, not just a few.”

Hunt said that while she knows the challenge that lays ahead, she is ready to get started.

“I'm excited about being able to bring something new to the program,” she said. “However, I do know it will be a challenge to be successful. There will be a lot of hard work involved, not only for me, but for the girls in the program.

“Ultimately, it will be up to the kids. I can teach them what they need to do, but they are the ones that will have to be able to go out and do it. I look forward to the challenge, though.”

Hunt said that she looked forward to working not only with the girls at the varsity level;, but also in the lower grades, where she feels the success must begin.

“It all begins with the kids that are in the lower grades,” Hunt said. “They are the future of the program, and you have to teach them the right way in order to give them a chance to be successful at the varsity level.”

Pittman said Hunt's familiarity with the kids - as well as the other coaches - will be an advantage for her.

“The committee felt that she was head and shoulders above all the other applicants as far as working with the other programs,” he said. “I think she's going to do a fantastic job.”

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