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Shane Kelly hired as Petal baseball coach

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HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

A new era for Petal High baseball will officially begin Monday. This is when the school will introduce Shane Kelly as it's new head coach.

"After an extensive application and interview process, we determined coach Kelly has the qualities and characteristics we feel are important not only as a head baseball coach, but also as a leader for the Petal community," Petal athletic director Marcus Boyles said in a release.

Kelly is a familiar name having been an assistant at Petal since 2012. He also played on the Panthers' state championship teams in the 1990s. Kelly replaces Larry Watkins who recently retired after a storied 38 year career.

Kelly has experience as a head coach, winning three state championships. He played his college ball at Mississippi State before getting drafted by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

The introductory press conference is set for 6 P.M. Monday at the Petal High School Football Fieldhouse.

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