Jarrett Hoffpauir was introduced Monday morning as PCS’ new head baseball coach. Hoffpauir, a former Southern Miss standout and major leaguer, replaces Kyle Maxie, who has since moved into an administration role at the school.
“As we talked to multiple people, his [Hoffpauir] character references and all of those things were very exemplary,” PCS Athletic Director Josh Dorman said. “We are very fortunate and very thankful and very blessed that the future of our baseball program is now in the hands of Coach Hoffpauir.”
“We’re super excited. This is like home to us,” Hoffpauir added. “[I] spent a lot of time here after college and even while playing pro ball, this was our home, where we would come home to and work out and things like that. We’re conformable here.”
Hoffpauir, 35, played at Southern Miss from 2002-2004. The Natchez native was drafted in the sixth round of the 2004 MLB Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals following his junior season in which he batted .405 with a school-record 109 hits and 92 RBI.
Hoffpauir was called up to the majors by the Cardinals in 2009 and went on to also play for the Toronto Blue Jays.
After his playing career ended in 2013, Hoffpauir went on to coach five seasons at Delta Charter in Ferriday, LA before taking the job at PCS. He inherits a Bobcat program which is coming off a down year in 2018, but also a little over a year removed from one of the school’s most successful seasons in 2017.
Hoffpauir says he’s got an eye on the bigger picture as it relates to bouncing back and building the program.
“I think the biggest thing is character and turning these young guys into men,” Hoffpauir said. “That’s our biggest goal here, doing things the right way. I’m a firm believer in when you do things the right way, everything else falls into place.
“I told them once we get moved over we’ll all get together and really get to know each other and start the weight program and all those good things. So once school starts, we’ll be 100 percent rolling.”