Hall of Fame PCS football, track coach retires

Hall of Fame PCS football, track coach retires
Presbyterian Christian School announced the retirement of head football coach Joey Hawkins Monday. (Photo source: WDAM)

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:

Over the last 12 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.

A search will begin immediately for a replacement head coach for the football and track programs.