Hogue returns to Petal

By ANDREW ABADIE,

After resigning as the Southern Miss head softball coach Friday, Wendy Hogue is returning to Petal High School to head the softball program once again. The school board approved the hiring on Tuesday, and she’ll be introduced at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday inside the Petal Football Fieldhouse.

Hogue, who coached at Southern Miss for five seasons, is coming off a 30-22 record at Southern Miss where she earned a berth to the Conference USA tournament for the first time in two years. This past season, three of her players were named First Team All-Conference with another being named Second Team All-Conference. Pitcher Abby Trahan was also named C-USA Pitcher of the Year.

Hogue went 124-146 during her time at Southern Miss.

Hogue’s coaching career began at Petal where she started as an assistant coach for the slow-pitch softball team in 1998. In 2000, she was named head coach of the fast-pitch softball team where she coached until 2004. In her tenure, her teams reached the playoffs every season with her 2004 team finishing as the South State runner-up.

Hogue was then hired as William Carey’s head coach in the school’s inaugural season. There she served as the head coach of the program for 10 years where she led the program to six appearances in the NAIA National Championship Tournament and the team set the school record with 54 wins in a season during the 2011 campaign. She amassed a 373-152 record with the Lady Crusaders.

In 2016, she was inducted into the WCU Hall of Fame.