You will be hard-pressed to find anyone who worked as hard to be the best he could be in his craft as 2017 Quitman High School graduate and former star athlete, Hunter Ford.
Now the students and athletes of Prairie View Academy in Bastrop will be able to learn firsthand what it takes to be successful as Ford has joined the Spartan athletic program as an assistant baseball coach and physical education teacher.
The legacy of perseverance and dedication that the son of Dodie and Terry Ford of Quitman brings and now will “pay forward” to the youth of PVA is not only impressive but inspiring as well. While at Quitman High, Ford competed in every sport, but it was in baseball where he excelled the most.
After a stellar 2017 campaign where he led Quitman to a #2 seed and a quarterfinal appearance in the playoffs, where he compiled a 12-2 record with an 0.60 ERA, Ford was named Player of the Year in Class B by MaxPreps and first-team All-State by the LSWA and LBCA.
Despite the many accolades, no college came calling.
Undaunted, Ford attended a baseball training academy in Texas to continue to work in his trade and pursue his dream of pitching in college. After months of tireless work, he saw his dream realized, getting the opportunity to continue his career at Fort Scott Junior College. From there he ascended to Arkansas Tech where in 70 1/3 innings pitched, he struck out 70 batters and compiled a 3.96 ERA as a reliever for the Wonder Boys while achieving his degree in education.
“We are very excited to have Coach Ford join our staff,” said PVA head baseball coach Colby Daniels. “He will not only be a huge asset to our baseball and athletic program but to our school as a whole.”
Yes, he will!
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