HUNTSVILLE (KFSM)--When legendary Eagles coaches Charles Berry and Jim Stafford retired last season, there was a statewide sentiment looking at the future.
"I know that they were big shoes and just knowing that I was the next class up so there would be a bunch of pressure and attention," senior Sean McCone said.
"I thought it was gonna be a big role to fill," added fellow senior Beau Whelchel.
Enter Grant Myrick, the Eagles new boys basketball coach.
"Of course every question was how do you follow the legends," said Myrick. "And Coach McCone our new girls coach was the same way. You don’t. You just be the best Grant Myrick you can be."
Huntsville has already won 16 games in year one for Myrick, even with a stylistic adjustment from years past.
"I think Stafford would let you play a little more, but coach Myrick’s got a little tighter grip," said McCone.
However, the first year coach does have extensive ties to Huntsville.
"Oh I know them [Coaches Berry & Stafford] really well. My dad was junior high coach here for the junior boys under coach Stafford. So I spent a lot of time in the coaches office talking with them and just talking basketball and learning," Myrick explained.
"I think we play with effort. We never give up, we always give 110%," McCone added.
One of the most rewarding parts of the job for Myrick is seeing his former mentors at most home games, watching as spectators.
"Coach Berry’s gym and Jim Stafford’s court, so yeah they’re very supportive of us and we appreciate them coming," Myrick smiled.
In a town with a strong basketball tradition, Grant Myrick is ready to lead the next generation of Eagles, and already setting that tone in year one.
The Eagles (16-8) improved to 8-1 in conference play with a triple overtime, 75-70 win over Harrison.