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After 37 years of coaching multiple sports, Joey Hawkins is calling it a career.

On Monday, it was announced that Hawkins would retire following Presbyterian Christian’s current track season. In a press release, Hawkins said, “After a lot of prayer, there is no doubt it is perfect timing”.

He went on to say, “Over the last 37 years, I have put my whole heart into coaching. I have run a good race, and I think I have been blessed beyond measure.”

Most notably, Hawkins was the head football coach at PCS the last nine seasons. Hawkins also is the Bobcats’ head track coach and even coached basketball earlier in his career. In all three sports, he is a combined 697-171 with 72 championships, including 19 state championships. He was inducted into the MAIS Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2013.

“I am incredibly excited about the opportunities in front of me and look forward to what God has in store for me and my family,” Hawkins said. “The Lord has put some things in my heart regarding my next chapter in life. Over the next few months, I am looking forward to watching His plans unfold in my life.”

As for his replacement, PCS athletic director Josh Dorman says plenty interest has been shown in the vacant football and track jobs, and he hopes to fill them by Easter.

Said the release, “A search will begin immediately for the right leader to continue the tradition of excellence that our football and track programs have come to expect.”