Fredrick Hurt was announced as West Forsyth’s next boys basketball coach Friday, leaving Alpharetta where he built a state playoff-caliber program over an eight-year tenure to take over a Wolverines program with just one playoff appearance in that same span.
Hurt takes over for Jake Dickey, who in something of an interim year went 7-20 this past season.
“I think West Forsyth has a lot of potential,” Hurt said. “I’m just excited about rolling up my sleeves and getting to work.”
Hurt will now get to work close to home. His wife, Angela, is the head girls basketball coach at Forsyth Central, and the two have lived in Forsyth County for almost five years.
“I always had an interest in West,” Hurt said. “The gym was attractive. The people were nice. Once we moved to the area, we got ingrained in the community.”
After the move, Hurt’s Alpharetta teams made a big jump into becoming state playoff contenders. He led the Raiders to the state semifinals (2012), state quarterfinals (2015) and won back-to-back Region 6-AAAAAA championships (2014, 2015).
Some of Alpharetta’s success has come at West’s expense: The Wolverines have lost 11 straight to the Raiders since the 2011-12 season, all by double digits.
West hopes it’ll be the beneficiary of Hurt’s track record of winning in both Georgia and his native North Carolina where he led East Davidson (1995-98) and North Davidson (1998-2008) high schools to impressive success.
Hurt figures those North Carolina teams, rather than his Alpharetta ones, are more the blueprint for what West Forsyth can become.
“My system will vary from year to year depending on personnel,” Hurt said. “We probably won’t press as much, but we’ll have those [principles] in. Some years we might push the ball more than other years. I’m not going to be stubborn.”