Local Resident Fulfilling Dream as New Head Boys Basketball Coach at Dade County High School


James Emmett, a lifelong resident of Dade County, has been appointed as the new head boys basketball coach at Dade County High School, a position he describes as his dream job. Upon receiving the news, Emmett expressed his excitement to his father over the phone, affirming his commitment to hard work.

Emmett’s deep roots in the community trace back to his days as a student at DCHS, where he played basketball for four years before pursuing a degree in education at Jacksonville State University. His dedication to making a positive impact on young people’s lives led him to become a teacher at Dade Middle School in 2005, where he served for a decade before transitioning to his current role as a school counselor at DCHS.

Having coached various sports at both middle and high school levels in Dade County, basketball holds a special place in Emmett’s heart. Most notably, he led the middle school boys basketball team to victory in the NGAC Eastern Division during the 2022-2023 season, marking a significant achievement for the program.

Vic Grider, the Athletic Director at DCHS, emphasized the need for stability in the boys basketball program, which has seen frequent coaching changes in recent years. Principal Brent Cooper praised Emmett’s rapport with students and staff, citing his widespread popularity within the school community.

Reflecting on his appointment, Emmett expressed gratitude to Superintendent Josh Ingle, the Board of Education, Principal Cooper, and Athletic Director Grider for the opportunity. He pledged to dedicate himself fully to the success of the basketball program and its players, eagerly anticipating the chance to share his vision with the team.

Emmett’s appointment signals a new chapter for Dade County Boys Basketball, with the coach urging everyone to “buckle up” for an exciting journey ahead.