HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Presbyterian Christian School announced the retirement of head football coach Joey Hawkins Monday.
Headmaster Dr. Allen Smithers posted the announcement to the PCS Bobcats Sports Twitter account. "Coach Hawkins has been talking to us over the last year or so about retirement," Smithers said in the statement. "He wanted to make sure that he had his programs in a good position when someone else took over."
Hawkins' 37-year coaching career includes a 234-75 football record, 324-39 track record and a 139-57 basketball record, according to the statement. His teams have won 72 championships, including 19 state championships and he was inducted into the MAIS Coaches Association's Hall of Fame in 2013.
"The entire PCS family would like to thank Coach Hawkins for his commitment and service to PCS," 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 released the following statement:
A search will begin immediately for a replacement head coach for the football and track programs.