Episcopal honors Eagle Legend Coach Charlie Hunt, Sr.

Episcopal honors Eagle Legend Coach Charlie Hunt, Sr.
Coach Hunt | by Laura Evans Photography

Episcopal School of Jacksonville honored Eagle Legend Coach Charlie Hunt, Sr. during halftime at a recent home football game at Jangro Stadium, recognizing his 40 years of devotion as a track and field coach of the Episcopal Eagles.

“I have experienced personally the exceptional impact he has on our Eagle athletes. Episcopal is thankful for his dedication and leadership to his student-athletes and the school over the last 40 years,” Andy Kidd ’99, Director of Athletics said of Coach Hunt.

A Jacksonville native, Hunt thrived first as a high school athlete at Wolfson. In 1969, as a senior, he recorded 21.9 seconds in the 220-yard dash and broke the 10-second barrier in the 100-yard dash. He went on to Tallahassee to become one of four Black athletes to integrate the Florida State University football team. After posting a 4.5 40 and playing linebacker for the San Francisco 49ers and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Hunt returned home to Jacksonville. In 1981, he joined then-Coach Gary Pajcic as a football and track coach for the Eagles and hasn’t looked back.

In his 40 years coaching track and field at Episcopal School of Jacksonville, Hunt has led 11 district championship teams, two state champion runner-up teams, and the 2007 girls’ state championship team. Hunt has guided nearly 40 track athletes onto competition at the college level, including Olympian Garrett Scantling ‘11. All but one of the school’s track and field records have been set during Hunt’s tenure.

While Hunt will no longer be coaching track and field, he will still assist with the school’s football program under one of his former Eagle athletes, new Head Coach Marcus Wells ’90. 

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