Thursday, August 25, 2005

Gunn joining Hall of Fame


The Mississippi Private School Coaches’ Association will induct its fourth annual Hall of Fame class Saturday night, Aug. 27, and it will include Marshall Academy’s Tommy Gunn.

“This is a great honor to be selected,” said Gunn, headmaster and coach at MA.

Induction ceremonies will be held at the B.C. Rogers Building on the Mississippi College campus in Clinton.

Other members of the Class of 2005 are Clyde Adams (deceased, former coach at Trinity Episcopal School), Robert Alexander (MPSA football and basketball official), Joe B. Bradshaw (administrator and coach, Strider Academy) and A.R. “Randy” Smithers (administrator and coach, Kirk Academy, retired).

Eligibility requirements for coaches include – nominees must exemplify the highest standards of sportsmanship, ethical conduct and moral character; nominees must be a minimum of 45 years old; active nominees must be a member of MPSCA; nominees must have a minimum of 15 years of service to the MPSA.

Gunn has served five MPSA member schools as an assistant administrator and headmaster over the last 30 years. He began his career in 1973 at Canton Academy as coach, teacher, guidance counselor and assistant headmaster. Other stops include Marshall Academy (1976-82), Delta Academy (1982-86), Fayette Academy (1986-98) and Lee Academy (1998-2003). He returned to Marshall Academy in 2003 as headmaster and coach, where he is responsible for operation of the K3-12 school system of 455 students.

His overall basketball coaching record is 565-245. He has been awarded District Coach of the Year 15 times in A, AA, AAA and AAAA basketball. He has also been an all-star coach.

Gunn received a bachelor of science in education with endorsements in psychology, social studies and physical education from Mississippi State University in 1973. He also has a masters of education in secondary school administration from the University of Mississippi.

His honors and awards are numerous – including the MPSA Joe F. Shepard Memorial Award and the MPSA Joe B. Bradshaw Service Award. He is chairman of the Mississippi State University Alumni Association for Marshall County.

Gunn, a native of Walnut, is married to Betsy Gay Gunn, an administrative assistant at MA, and they have a daughter, Paige, who is a supervisor and professional development director for Hernando Elementary School.

Gunn enjoys being situated in Holly Springs, halfway between his mother, as she continues the family business in Walnut, and his daughter.

He also has an English bulldog, Diamond.

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