Hawkins retires from PCSBy CAMAL PETRO,
The Presbyterian Christian School will have a new coach leading the football program next fall.
The school announced head football coach Joey Hawkins’ retirement Monday afternoon, and in a statement, Hawkins said a lot of thought has gone into the decision. Hawkins mulled over his retirement for nearly a year before making the decision a couple of weeks ago. He made it official Monday, however.
“The entire PCS Family would like to thank coach Hawkins for his commitment and service to PCS,” PCS Headmaster Dr. Allen Smithers said in the statement. “He has played an instrumental role in advancing many facets of PCS athletics. We wish him the best as he finishes this track season and know the Lord will continue to use him in mighty ways.”
Hawkins coached nine years at PCS, where he compiled a 71-39 overall. He took over the Bobcats’ program in 2009 after stints at Jackson Academy, Pillow Academy and Indianola Academy. In his 37 years of coaching, his career record is 234-75.
Hawkins is the coach of the boys’ track and field team, and he’ll remain in that position until the season concludes later this spring.
The school will begin a search for Hawkins’ replacement at the two positions immediately. Hawkins will not assist in the coaching search, he told PineBeltSPORTS.
He and his family plan to stay in Hattiesburg and move on to a different career path.
The following is a statement from Hawkins, which was released by the school:
“Over the last twelve months, I have been considering when to step out of the coaching profession. After a lot of prayer, there is no doubt it is perfect timing. Over the last 37 years, I have put my whole heart into coaching. I have run a good race, and I have been blessed beyond measure. First, I would like to thank my wife, Kim, who has been there to support me through the good times and the bad. I also want to thank my children, Hunter and Holly, for letting their dad dedicate so much time to coaching and always being there for me. I also want to thank my parents for encouraging me through my career. It has been an honor to serve at five different schools, and it has been a blessing to coach thousands of young men and women. It has been so special to me to have built so many relationships with former players, administrators, and coaches. The friendships I have made in the coaching profession will be treasured and will last a lifetime.”
He added, “PCS has been a special place for my family and myself. It has been so much fun building a program from the ground up. Great memories will always be in my heart for all the places I have served. 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. 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.”