Former Goretti basketball coach dead at 71

January 23, 1997


Staff Writer

When Jim Brown was a young basketball coach at Hancock High School from 1959 to 1966, he looked forward to playing Shad Hunt's teams from St. Maria Goretti High School.

"His teams were always intense because he was so intense," Brown said upon learning of Hunt's death Wednesday.

Hunt coached basketball at Goretti for 11 years.

Brown, who is now athletic director at Hagerstown Junior College, said Hunt was an excellent coach.

"He was also such a positive role model for his kids," Brown said. "I always looked at Shad as a gentleman, too."

Brown said he also knew Hunt as a golfer who was dedicated to that sport, especially in recent years.

Cokie Robertson, a veteran basketball coach at Goretti, said he was a referee when Hunt was the Goretti coach.

"He certainly had a run of great teams," Robertson said.


Hunt will be best remembered for the time and effort he put into building the teams at Goretti, Robertson said.

That, he said, is a lasting heritage.

Born in Cumberland, Md., in Jan. 9, 1926, William V. "Shad" Hunt Sr. was 71 at the time of his death.

He graduated in 1943 from Cumberland's LaSalle High School, where he was a noted basketball player.

He started working at The Herald-Mail Co. in October, 1946.

When Hunt retired in 1989, he was pressroom foreman.

"Shad hired me back in 1970," said Terry Conrad, a pressman at The Herald-Mail Co. "He was a good man to work for and with - there was no pretense in that man."

Conrad said Hunt always did the job and inspired his colleagues to do their jobs.

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