Grayson hires new boys basketball coach

For all of Grayson's athletic successes, the boys basketball program is the one prominent program that hasn't taken a step to the next level.

The Rams hope Geoffrey Pierce is the guy to get them there.

Athletic director Brent Tisdale announced Tuesday that Pierce, an assistant coach at Meadowcreek since 2006, was hired as Grayson's new head boys basketball coach. He inherits a program that hasn't qualified for state in its first 12 years of a existence.

"You watch the younger (Grayson) teams play and they have a lot of potential," Pierce said. "There's a lot of athleticism there, a lot of community support. I think they're ready for some success in the basketball program. They're hungry for it."

Pierce played high school basketball at Central Gwinnett, where he graduated in 2000, under veteran coach Melvin Sweat. He began his coaching career at the AAU level, but went into education in 2006 at Meadowcreek.

The 30-year-old has been an assistant to head coach Billy Davis for some successful Mustang teams, and also has fared well as the school's head junior varsity coach, winning the Region 7-AAAAA JV title earlier this year.

While the Grayson boys program hasn't experienced that kind of success yet, neither has Pierce --at least as a head coach.

"I'm young and energetic, and I'm a new head coach so I'm hungry, too," Pierce said. "I think we're a good fit because we're both hungry."