E&H Mass Communications Student Story: Hannah Medley shares a story of Marion Senior High School’s newest addition – Jack Ginn

by Monica Hoel
This is part of a series of stories by members of the 2022 E&H Mass Comm 302 Class.

Coach Jack Ginn says, “I haven’t had to work much in 34 years; I do what I love and that’s coaching.”

Many coaches start at the high school level with aspirations to climb to the college level, but the legendary coach, Richlands native, and Emory & Henry alum, Jack Ginn had a different order.

After coaching football for 32 years at the college level, Ginn is returning to his roots in Southwest Virginia in the spring of 2022 as he takes the role of Head Football Coach at Marion Senior High School (MSHS).

Ginn says, “I feel very good about my decision. It’s a new school and a chance, so let’s take it and have some impact.”

In an article in the Bristol Herald Courier, MSHS Principal, Mike Davidson said, “Coach Ginn is a Richlands native, an Emory & Henry College alum and he understands Southwest Virginia and the importance of high school football. More importantly, he understands the importance of using football as a tool to build better men. We look forward to adding his excitement and enthusiasm to our staff.“

Ginn currently resides in Allendale, Michigan, and serves as the Director of Outreach and Development at Lifestream Church. He is a Substitute Teacher at Allendale High and Middle School, as well as the Head Football Coach at Allendale High in his second season there.

Aside from Ginn’s other jobs and his 2 years of coaching at the high school level, he has a respective 32 years of coaching football at the college level. Ginn has coached and recruited for colleges including Emory & Henry, The University of Illinois, Wartberg College, Shepherd College, North Carolina Wesleyan College, and Grand Valley State University.

Ginn’s story and connection to E&H is a special one many don’t get the privilege to have. Like many who attend college, he was an athlete, a part of Greek life, and a student at Emory & Henry, however, after his 9th-semester he did his student teaching and found his passion. He says, “My first year coaching was while I was student teaching at Emory & Henry and I was able to help coach the best team in E&H history in 1987.”

In the remainder of his time at E&H, not only was he the Assistant Football Coach but also served as the Dean of Admissions for E&H in 1997; that was the only year he hasn’t coached in a 34-year time span.

In Ginn’s career on the E&H Football team, he helped lead his team to be ODAC Champions in 1985 and 1986, won All-Conference Place Kicker in 1985. He still holds the record for second-most points after touchdown (PAT’s) in a season and career, third-most consecutive PAT’s, as well as fourth-most field goals made in a career and seventh-most in a game.

Ginn said, “After 32 years of coaching college football and 2 years of high school football, I had every intention of going back into coaching at the college level but realized coaching high school is way better. So I applied to school in southwest Virginia and Michigan and I am excited to be in Marion.”

After all these years and experience, Ginn says, “If I had to go back to 1985, I’d do the same thing all over again. I am a coach because of the people, and that part never gets old.”

 

Story by: Hannah MedleyClass of 2023 Mass Communications and Business Administration double major...

Story by:
Hannah Medley
Class of 2023
Mass Communications and Business Administration double major
Worship Leader at Highlands Fellowship
Volleyball Coach with Tri-Cities Extreme
Works at Just Believe Boutique

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  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/2310-dr-will-bodfish-is-making-connections-at-the-eamph"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/88,48,600,560/11140_bodfish.rev.1650660222.webp 1x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/88,48,600,560/11140_bodfish.rev.1650660222.jpg 1x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/88,48,600,560/11140_bodfish.rev.1650660222.jpg" alt="Dr. Will Bodfish E&H Class of 2013 E&H Physical Therapy School Class of 2015" width="345" height="225" data-max-w="512" data-max-h="512" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/2310-dr-will-bodfish-is-making-connections-at-the-eamph">Dr. Will Bodfish is making connections at the E&H School of Health Sciences</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><p> Dr. Will Bodfish is on a mission…to find you.</p><a href="/live/news/2310-dr-will-bodfish-is-making-connections-at-the-eamph" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/2166-tarah-taylor-kesterson-and-virginia-energy"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/10,5,313,308/10712_A38692A8-6613-4A13-A907-1CC797A31F05.rev.1642680714.webp 1x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/10,5,313,308/10712_A38692A8-6613-4A13-A907-1CC797A31F05.rev.1642680714.jpg 1x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/10,5,313,308/10712_A38692A8-6613-4A13-A907-1CC797A31F05.rev.1642680714.jpg" alt="Tarah Taylor Kesterson Emory & Henry Class of 2003 Public Relations and Marketing Manager for Virginia Energy" width="345" height="225" data-max-w="303" data-max-h="303" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/2166-tarah-taylor-kesterson-and-virginia-energy">Tarah Taylor Kesterson and Virginia Energy</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"> What’s in a name? Everything. <a href="/live/news/2166-tarah-taylor-kesterson-and-virginia-energy" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/2382-rachel-edwards-is-a-professional-reader-for"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,43,958,1001/11564_IMG-0199.rev.1656364981.webp 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,43,958,1001/11564_IMG-0199.rev.1656364981.webp 2x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,43,958,1001/11564_IMG-0199.rev.1656364981.jpg 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,43,958,1001/11564_IMG-0199.rev.1656364981.jpg 2x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,43,958,1001/11564_IMG-0199.rev.1656364981.jpg" alt="Rachel Edwards Emory & Henry Class of 1999" width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,43,958,1001/11564_IMG-0199.rev.1656364981.jpg 2x" data-max-w="958" data-max-h="958" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/2382-rachel-edwards-is-a-professional-reader-for">Rachel Edwards is a Professional Reader for Audible</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"> At first, she thought it might be a scam; but it has turned out to be the opportunity of a lifetime. <a href="/live/news/2382-rachel-edwards-is-a-professional-reader-for" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1386-eamph-alumni-librarians-organize-reading-challenge"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/png" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/40,0,559,518/8585_books.rev.1601424919.png 1x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/40,0,559,518/8585_books.rev.1601424919.png" alt="" width="345" height="225" data-max-w="519" data-max-h="518" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/1386-eamph-alumni-librarians-organize-reading-challenge">E&H Alumni Librarians Organize Reading Challenge for Stay Homecoming</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"> This Stay Homecoming event is a real page-turner. <a href="/live/news/1386-eamph-alumni-librarians-organize-reading-challenge" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/1082-christina-adams-publishes-new-book"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/332,364,2125,2156/7181_Crop_CamelChristinaPhotoShoot2014_010a.rev.1574366637.webp 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/332,364,2125,2156/7181_Crop_CamelChristinaPhotoShoot2014_010a.rev.1574366637.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/332,364,2125,2156/7181_Crop_CamelChristinaPhotoShoot2014_010a.rev.1574366637.webp 3x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/332,364,2125,2156/7181_Crop_CamelChristinaPhotoShoot2014_010a.rev.1574366637.jpg 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/332,364,2125,2156/7181_Crop_CamelChristinaPhotoShoot2014_010a.rev.1574366637.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/332,364,2125,2156/7181_Crop_CamelChristinaPhotoShoot2014_010a.rev.1574366637.jpg 3x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/332,364,2125,2156/7181_Crop_CamelChristinaPhotoShoot2014_010a.rev.1574366637.jpg" alt="Christina Adams, E&H Class of 1983." width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/332,364,2125,2156/7181_Crop_CamelChristinaPhotoShoot2014_010a.rev.1574366637.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/332,364,2125,2156/7181_Crop_CamelChristinaPhotoShoot2014_010a.rev.1574366637.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1793" data-max-h="1792" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/1082-christina-adams-publishes-new-book">Christina Adams Publishes New Book</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><em>Camel Crazy</em> explores the mysterious powers of camel milk. <a href="/live/news/1082-christina-adams-publishes-new-book" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/2349-richard-joyces-artwork-featured-in-gallery"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/121,157,480,515/11317_image1.rev.1652968760.webp 1x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/121,157,480,515/11317_image1.rev.1652968760.jpg 1x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/68/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/121,157,480,515/11317_image1.rev.1652968760.jpg" alt="Richard Joyce Emory & Henry Class of 1969" width="345" height="225" data-max-w="359" data-max-h="358" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/2349-richard-joyces-artwork-featured-in-gallery">Richard Joyce’s Artwork Featured in Gallery</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"> In 2003, life changed dramatically for Richard Joyce, E&H Class of 1969. But nothing could change his love for life’s beauty. <a href="/live/news/2349-richard-joyces-artwork-featured-in-gallery" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>