After a 29-8 record and state runner-up finish in Class AAAAA last season, the Gainesville High baseball program took home four awards for its accomplishments during the Georgia Dugout Club’s meeting on Friday in Marietta.
Red Elephants head coach Jeremy Kemp received the top honors in Class AAAAA, while Adam Miller was tabbed as Assistant Coach of the Year. Catcher Michael Curry, who hit .414 with 15 home runs as a senior, was named Player of the Year in Class AAAAA. Gainesville’s Ivey-Watson Field was named the best out of all of Class AAAAA.
Kemp has coached baseball with the Red Elephants for 11 seasons, including the last seven years as head coach. Kemp said it was a “huge honor” for Miller, who has coached for 12 years with the Red Elephants, to be recognized as the top assistant coach.
Ivey-Watson Field, which is maintained by field crew director David Presnell, has widely been known as one of the most well-manicured in the state.
“We play at a special field,” said Kemp. “David Presnell works way beyond the end of the work day.”
In 2015, Gainesville advanced to the state championship series, falling in three games to state champion Greenbrier in Evans. The Red Elephants won the first game of the series, before dropping the next two games. In order to advance to the championship series, the Red Elephants won a pair of three-game series in the postseason.
Now playing at the University of Georgia, Curry is in the running for playing time in the spring after a strong fall showing, according to Kemp. He joins former Red Elephants Skyler Weber, a catcher and outfielder, and right-handed pitcher David Gonzalez playing for the Bulldogs.