Watkins retires as Petal baseball coach after 38 years

Watkins retires as Petal baseball coach after 38 years

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Larry Watkins is a legendary figure in the Petal community with a storied 38-years as Petal High School's baseball coach.

The Panthers' Game 2 Class 6A playoff game against Harrison Central Friday proved to be his last game, with Watkins announcing his retirement this week.

The school retired Watkins' jersey prior to the game.

Watkins led the Panthers to six state championships, having won in 1990, 1991, 1995, 1999, 2010 and 2011.