Former LaRue coach honored by college

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Cunningham coached men and women at school

By The Staff

Elizabethtown native Don Cunningham, a former LaRue County High School coach, was recognized last weekend during homecoming festivities as a 2009 inductee into the East Mississi­ppi Community College Sports Hall of Fame. 

He and nine other inductees were honored prior to the EMCC vs. North­east Mississippi game.

Cunningham was a two-year (1957-59) basketball letterman for head coach Keyes T. Currie at East Mississippi. After graduating from Southern Miss, he began a successful career as a high school coach and school administrator.

Following prep stints at Bay Minette, Ala., Neshoba Central and Forest, Cunningham returned to the Scooba campus to serve as both the men’s and women’s basketball coach at EMJC for three seasons.

During his three seasons with the Lady Lions, he earned Miss­issippi’s Junior College Coach of the Year honors in 1983-84 after guiding the women’s team to a 23-4 record and No. 6 regular-season national ranking.  

He coached five years in LaRue County, including back-to-back state tournament berths in 1987 and 1988.

He and his wife, Lynette, are the parents of two daughters and grandparents of five.