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Dunavant’s love for baseball remains

530013_437485132944537_279580370_n-1By Rodney Young

Dublin- The Pulaski County Cougar baseball program is searching for a new baseball coach, as Doug Dunavant will be replaced after 11 years as the Cougar head coach.

The Cougars have struggled in baseball, with the 2007 season being one of the few seasons the team has finished with a winning record, 12-10.  Since that season, the Cougars have finished 10-12, 9-13, 8-12, 11-12, and this past season Pulaski finished with a disappointing 6-13 record.

“Pulaski County has decided to move in a different direction and move on,” said Dunavant Thursday.  “I will moved on also.  When you are hired as a coach, the other side of it is you can be replaced as coach.”

Dunavant has a baseball pedigree like few others.  He played for four years as a Cougar, and was selected as a member of the All-District team each of those years.  Back then it was then the Roanoke Valley District that the Cougars played in, and Coach Dunavant was selected as the  player of the year his senior season.   He then went on to Concord and started for four years there, and was also captain of the Concord baseball team.

After college he was an assistant at Alleghany High School under the legendary Coach Gary Rice.  Dunavant became head baseball coach in 2002 for the Cougars.   Under his leadership the Cougars posted 111 wins, second only to former Cougar coach Wallace Flinchum.

“I love to win,” said Dunavant.   “I never went into a game or played a game to lose.  I have no regrets in what I tried to accomplish here at Pulaski County, even if it didn’t work out the way I would have liked.  I always had a vision to be competitive in the districts we played in.  I had some very good people that helped the program in my years here, and I would like to thank them all for that help.”

When asked about his feelings now that he is being replaced, Coach Dunavant replied with the same type of class that has exemplified his career.

“I wish whoever comes in and takes over the baseball program the very best.  My love for baseball and the pride of the Cougars will last forever.   I will cherish my memories as the baseball coach at Pulaski County.  I hope the program can find success.”

On a personal note, this writer has covered Coach Dunavant for the last 6-7 years.  There have been lot of great wins and some disappointing losses.  There were good times and some low times.  He has always been very accessible and helpful as we’ve covered the Cougars, and I would like to thank him for that.  Here’s  wishing and hoping that Coach Dunavant stays in baseball somewhere, somehow.  His baseball pedigree and experience shouldn’t be wasted.  Good luck Doug.