Former USM player Hoffpauir named PCS baseball coach

By CAMAL PETRO,

The PCS athletics program has gone through a couple of coaching changes in 2018. On Thursday, the school announced former Southern Miss baseball player Jarrett Hoffpauir as its new head baseball coach. A press conference is scheduled for Monday at 10:45 a.m. in the school’s library to introduce the new coach.

The new Bobcat skipper said he knew about the opening and met with PCS athletics director Josh Dorman a couple of times before being offered the job.

“Things kind of happened fast, but here we are,” Hoffpauir said Friday.

After playing three seasons at USM, Hoffpauir was picked in the sixth round of the 2004 MLB Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals. He hit .402 with 92 RBI during his junior season at Southern Miss, and he currently holds single-season school records in hits (109) and RBI (92).

The Vidalia, Louisiana native was called up to the big leagues on July 1, 2009, and made his MLB debut two days later. He’s using his professional experience to translate over into his coaching.

“The things that helped me out and the things that I didn’t like so much. Just kind of putting all of those things together, and taking the good and leaving the bad,” Hoffpauir said. “I had the opportunity to play under some really good coaches, and you see how those guys do it the right way and you try to translate all of that on a smaller level to high school kids.”

Hoffpauir and his family are excited to move back to Hattiesburg, too.

“That’s big for us,” he said. “That’s home away from home for me. My brother and his family are there, and we’re very close. I have a lot of good friends who are still there that I played ball with at Southern. It’s actually something that we’re looking forward to.”

After his professional career, Hoffpauir took a job at Delta Charter School in Ferriday, Louisiana, where he coached for five years. Ferriday is a neighboring town of Vidalia.

“After I got done playing, I kind of got out of the game for a little while and took a sales job for about a year, year and a half,” Hoffpauir said. “I realized baseball is part of me. My dad coached for 30-something years and it’s something we’ve always been around, something we’ve always enjoyed doing and I love it. The opportunity came open back home, I took advantage of it and started a program from the ground up.”