Shane Kelly hired as Petal baseball coach

Shane Kelly hired as Petal baseball coach
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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.

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - "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.