Greenville High School football coach Quintarus McCray has been coaching his two sons since they were four years old on the T-Ball diamond. He has seen both of them mature and grow over the years, and he has seen both of them keep their passion for sports.
This year all the years of hard work and commitment will be evident for the whole community to see as both of his sons, Quintarus Jr. and Quintarus II, are expected to play vital roles on the Hornets football team.
Quintarus Jr., a junior, is the older of the two brothers, who were both given their father’s first name. Quintarus Jr. is a 6-foot-5 free safety who is expected to make a big leap in production for his team this season.
Quintarus II, meanwhile, is following in his father’s footsteps in the trenches. The sohomore is expected to play center for the Hornets this season just like his dad did for Greenville High School and later for the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
“I see myself in both of them,” Coach McCray said. “I am proud of both of them and to see them develop into the young men that they have become. I guess they gained their passion for football from me. They knew that I played college ball, and I have been coaching football for as long as they have been living.”
While the brothers both share their father’s name, they do have many differences. The coach describes his younger son, who goes by the nickname Two, as a more free spirit who loves life and loves being near the center of attention. Quintarus Jr., on the other hand, has more of a laid back nonchalant personality.
Both of the sons, however, say they both are going to give their absolute best this season for their coach and for their teammates.
“We have to step up,” Quintarus II said. “It makes us feel great seeing that he is proud of us. I think are chances are really good. I think we can make it to the playoffs. All about the competition though.”
On game day, Coach McCray said it is a little tricky trying to keep an eye on his sons while, at the same time, coaching an entire team. He tries to treat his sons as any other players.
“I don’t think I am tougher on them,” the coach said. “I guess they have been around me so long that they know what I expect.”
Said Quintarus Jr., “We really like having our father as our coach. We love doing everything together.”
The Hornets begin their season Aug. 28 against Gentry.