Former Pine Belt coaches to be inducted into MAC Hall of Fame

Former Pine Belt coaches to be inducted into MAC Hall of Fame
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PINE BELT (WDAM) - The 2018 Mississippi Association of Coaches Hall of Fame Banquet is set to take place June 22 at the Hilton Jackson hotel. This year's banquet will honor two coaches with ties to the Pine Belt.

Coach Nevil Barr is one this year's inductees. The Magee native started his forty-year coaching career at Vancleave High School as an assistant coach.  While he was there, helped the team to a 29-9 record in four seasons. Barr also worked as an assistant coach and head coach at Elkins High School in West Virginia from 1978 until 1976.

In 1987, Barr returned to the Magnolia State to coach at Sumrall High School leading the team to a 12-1 record and a trip to the South State Finals his second year of coaching. Barr would later coach the Petal High School Panthers guiding them to 81 wins in 12 seasons with championships in the 1993 and 1996 Shrimp Bowls.

In 2001, he joined the Oak Grove Warriors High School football program as head coach, and led them to the playoffs. In 2002, Barr led the team to the Class 5A South State Championship game and the State championship game in 2003.

Barr finished his coaching career with an overall record of 260-120. His career ended with 19 playoff appearances including 11 South State title games.

Joining Barr in this year's inductee class is Thomas Billups, who served as the head basketball coach for Oak Grove from 2013 to 2014. Billip's coaching career record for high school basketball is 629-144.