Barry Mohun’s résumé speaks for itself.
It includes six years coaching high school basketball — including a team in Walton County and a state-title contender in Alabama — and 18 years as a college basketball coach and long-time athletic director.
It’s a résumé that clearly jumped of the page to Russell Hughes and Jimmy Ray Stephens. Hughes, the principal at Walton High School, and Stephens, the school’s AD, hired Mohun earlier this summer to be the Braves’ head basketball coach.
“I’ve taught in the county before (at Paxton) and I really enjoyed the experience I had there,” Mohun said. “To find out there was a job opening in the county, I knew it would be a great opportunity. I just think it’s a time in my life when I needed a change.”
Mohun comes to Walton after for 18 seasons as the head coach of Shelton State, where he led the Buccaneers to a 421-118 (.781) record. Under Mohun, the Buccaneers posted 12 consecutive 20-win seasons and made six junior college national tournament appearances.
Prior to Shelton, Mohun coached Prattville (Alabama) High School for four years and led the Lions to an Alabama Class 6A Final Four. He has also served as head coach for Paxton, Saint James (Montgomery, Alabama) and T.R. Miller (Brewton, Alabama).
“Basketball-wise, basketball is all about fundamentals. It’s no different whether it’s middle school, high school or college, and I’m big on that,” Mohun said. “Basketball-wise, that will continue wherever I am.”
Mohun has not seen any players on his Walton roster, but the coach preaches a style based on a press defense and an offense that’s up-tempo, “gets up and down the floor” and plays as many players as possible.
“I like challenges, so I’m looking forward to it,” Mohun said. “I think Walton will be a good fit for that style.”
Mohun is a Montgomery native. He played two years for Huntingdon College before finishing his career and earning All-Conference honors at Belhaven College in Jackson, Mississippi.
He holds a BS degree from Belhaven and a Master’s degree from the University of Louisiana at Monroe, where he served as a graduate assistant coach.