J. Grant is returning home and hopes championships will join him soon.
Grant, who previously coached at The Lakeside School for about 20 seasons, is returning to head up the softball program for the Lady Chiefs, whom he won three state championships during his stay at the Eufaula AISA school.
More recently, Grant has been a part of three state softball titles at AISA’s Glenwood School in Phenix City as the Lady Gators’ assistant coach, all coming in the last four years.
“I’ve been coaching only softball,” said Grant, a 1979 graduate of Eufaula High School. “Whenever fastpitch was added to AISA, I was there. Eufaula is just home. I live 15 miles out of town. I’ve been tied to that school since it started in one way or another. I coached there and we started to build a competitive program.”
Born and raised in Eufaula, Grant said he will be stepping into a program of which he is very familiar.
“I’m looking forward to it,” Grant said. “It’s just home. I’ve known Tom (Lakeside Athletic Director Tom Clements) since he was in high school.”
Also new at Lakeside is head football coach Josh McConnell, who left his alma mater in Glenwood to take over the Chiefs’ gridiron program last month.
“Coach McConnell is a young, energetic guy that is going to work hard and love the kids,” Grant said. “It’s his dream. He’s just a good Christian guy.”
Grant saw Lakeside a bit last season and is excited about the future of the softball program.
“I know they’ve got a lot of young players... eighth and ninth graders,” he said. “They are young and athletic.”
Grant’s wife, Beverly, previously worked at Lakeside.
He has four daughters, two that are grown one that is in med school at the University of South Alabama. Morgan just graduated from Glenwood and will be playing basketball at LaGrange College. A son, John, will be in the sixth grade this fall at Lakeside.
Grant has also worked in the timber industry and has run some dear hunts.