Mississippi High School Baseball

Dealing with it: Hattiesburg's Hartfield battles through health to reach glory


Last May, Joe Hartfield was on top of the world. The Hattiesburg Tigers had just clinched the school’s first state baseball championship since 2006, and it was the first title of Hartfield’s head-coaching career. Some know the pain he has dealt with during the last couple of years, but most don’t know the whole truth.

Coach of the Year: Hartfield pushes all the right buttons in title run


The Buffalo Bills did something no other NFL franchise has ever done by advancing to four straight Super Bowls in the 1990s. However, they failed to win the big game all four times, and while Hattiesburg coach Joe Hartfield didn’t make consecutive trips to the State Championship, he was 0-for-3 in his career.