MILLEDGEVILLE — Georgia Military Prep School boys’ basketball coach James Lunsford is notorious for working his players year-round to become better athletes and better students.
This summer, the well-recognized coach is implementing new programs to get his Bulldog basketball players involved in structured training, without forcing the young athletes to sacrifice their summer break.
Lunsford and his coaching staff train the middle school and junior varsity teams for an hour and a half on Monday, Wednesday and Friday beginning at 11 a.m. in the school’s gym, with the GMC Prep varsity squad following with a practice session of its own at noon.
Aside from team practices three days a week, Lunsford takes the squads to Macon on Tuesday and Thursday to compete in a summer league featuring schools much larger than GMC Prep.
“If you want to be good at anything, you’ve got to work,” the long-time coach said. “That’s what this is about this summer. This is the first time since I’ve been here at GMC that we’ve been able to have the middle school and junior varsity practice at the same time — that’s part of building a program.
“It’s important to know that they’re off Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and the middle school and junior varsity only practice two weeks,” Lunsford added. “So, we’re not taking up their entire summer.”
With tremendous parent involvement, the coaching staff’s goal is to get as many of the players to camp as possible.
“We’re trying to get that coordination to get as many kids as possible to go to camp this year,” Lunsford said.
GMC Prep will send its middle school and junior varsity teams to the Georgia College Boys’ Team Camp for three days beginning on Monday.
The varsity will attend GC’s second session of camp June 23-25.