Graham chosen for induction into 2019 MAC Hall of Fame

Junior Graham

Sports Editor

It never entered Junior Graham's mind 30 years ago when he took the job as a basketball coach at Duck Hill that he might be in a hall of fame one day.

That day has come.

After a near 20-year successful run as a football coach in North Mississippi, Graham learned last Tuesday that had been selected to the 2019 Mississippi Association of Coaches Hall of Fame.

"It really hasn't set in yet to be honest," Graham said on Friday. "It kind of caught me off guard.

"When you look at the coaches that's already in the hall of fame and now I'm going to have the opportunity to be in there with them, it's very, very, very humbling."

Graham began his football coaching career as an assistant coach at Winona, then joined the staff of head coach Joe Gant as defensive coordinator at Weir in Choctaw County. Gant retired in 2000 and Graham became the head coach of the Lions. He won three Class A State championships in seven years as head coach at Weir.

For eight seasons, Graham was the head coach at Eupora and had five 10-win seasons in Webster County. The Eagles reached the Class 2A semifinals in 2008 and lost to Bassfield in the Class 2A state title game.

Graham went from the Mississippi High School Activities Association to the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools for one season at Winston Academy in Louisville and now coaches at Winona Christian.

Being inducted into the MAC Hall of Fame is something Graham shares with many people.

"I was that guy who was able to surround himself with extremely intelligent and hardworking people in my entire career and obviously we had a lot of success," Graham said.