Graves County High School introduced its new girls’ basketball head coach recently. Lyndon Dunning arrives from three years at Marshall County High School. There, he was assistant coach of the boys’ basketball team as well as golf coach and assistant athletic director. Dunning returns to Graves County basketball, where he served as an assistant coach on the 1994-95 girls’ team that reached the state semi-finals.
Additionally, for many years he was an assistant coach of Graves High boys’ basketball under head coaches Allan Hatcher, Terry Birdsong, and Josh Frick, the current boys’ coach. During that time span, the Eagles won seven regional titles: 1997, 1998, 2000, 2006, 2009, 2013, and 2017.
In accepting his new job, Dunning cited “great memories” and “relationships” he has “developed” and “cherishes.” He said he looks forward to meeting and working with the Lady Eagles. He also took the opportunity to “thank all the players and coaches that have been part of my career,” adding, “this is truly a special day for me and my family.”
Paige Dunning, his wife, teaches at Wingo Elementary in the Graves County School District. Their son, Kamden, is a fourth-grade student there.
Graves High athletic director Khristain Elliott cited Dunning’s “wealth of basketball knowledge” and “ties to the community” as reasons Dunning “can build on the success of our last two coaches, Aaron Beth and Brandon Fisher.”
Fisher last month announced his departure to lead the Lincoln County girls’ basketball program. In his lone year at Graves County, he led the Lady Eagles to a 26-6 record, Third District championship, and the First Region championship game. Before falling to Marshall County, the Lady Eagles forced the game into overtime.