Thursday, June 3, 2010
Jenkins takes over Marshall baseball
By BARRY BURLESON
Bart Jenkins believes toughness wins games and he’s bringing that philosophy to Marshall Academy as the school’s new baseball coach.
He spent one year at MA in 2002-03 as an assistant and then left for head coaching positions at Starkville Academy and later Pillow Academy, both bigger Class AAA schools. In three seasons at Starkville and three at Pillow, his teams won at least 20 games each year and were always in the playoffs, finishing as state runners-up twice.
“I’ve been very, very lucky,” said Jenkins, 30. “I did not win a single one of those games.
“I had a lot of talented players and a lot of kids who worked really hard. I do things to promote toughness, and that carries over to other sports, too.”
He said he is making the move to lead the Patriot baseball program because he knows of the strong work ethic established by previous head coaches Johnny Ray (the past two seasons) and before that Jimmy Hicks.
“I didn’t want to start at rock bottom,” Jenkins said. “I’ve kept up with the program since I left. The kids at Marshall already have that foundation of good fundamentals and toughness. The kids at Marshall have always played extremely hard and that’s because they’ve been coached well. They’re kids who love to play the game.”
He met with his new team a couple of weeks ago, and he is looking forward to making the move to the Holly Springs and getting started.
“Hopefully, the kids will play hard for me and we can continue the baseball tradition that has been established,” Jenkins said. “The kids have been in the playoffs and hopefully they can feed off a head coach who has been lucky enough to get there, too, and we can get back in that situation.”
Jenkins will also be assisting head coach Keith Wicker with football. He helped with successful football programs at Starkville and Pillow.
“I’m impressed with Coach Wicker, Coach Dailey, Coach Rodgers and Mrs. Hubbard (headmaster),” he said. “They’re a class group of people, and I look forward to being associated with them.”
Jenkins is originally from Moorhead. He is a 2000 graduate of Delta State University and also coached two years at Bayou Academy after leaving DSU.
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