The Mississippi Assocation of Coaches released its list of Coaches of the Year for 2007-08, even though the spring sports season is in full playoff swing. Seems a bit early, but here it is.
Boys basketball: Robert Byrd, New Hope
Girls basketball: Joe Miller, Southeast Lauderdale
Boys soccer: Andy Kivlan, Pearl
Girls soccer: Josh Avenmarg, Ridgeland
Baseball: Joe Sam Owen, St. Patrick
Golf: Howard McNeill, Gulfport
Boys track: Heath Dudley, J.Z. George
Girls track: Billy Lamb, Madison Central
Athletic Director: Jerry Alexander, Moss Point
Fast-pitch softball: Justin Chaney, Newton Co.
Slow-pitch softball: Allen Lunceford, Clinton
Tennis: Niki Peel, Tupelo
Powerlifting: Mike Hendershot, Scott Central
Volleyball: Mike Meyers, Our Lady Aca. (not the fictional serial killer or comedic actor, although I suppose he could be so funny he “kills” you)
These coaches will be honored June 27 at the Hilton Hotel in Jackson. So will the coaches honored back in December: Al Jones, George Co. (football); Bobby Purvis, Kossuth (boys cross country); and Mike Bain, Pontotoc (girls cross country).