Move from groceries pays off for Jernigan: Daily Journal Softball Coach of the Year Keith Jernigan

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Move from groceries pays off for Jernigan: Daily Journal Softball Coach of the Year Keith Jernigan

by Gene Phelps/NEMS Daily Journal Djournal.Com

Houston's Keith Jernigan led the Lady Hilltoppers to the school's first state title in any sport since 1985.

Its been my dream to coach since I was a 12- or 13-year-old boy, he said.

Jernigan, 50, reached the pinnacle of coaching last month when his Houston Lady Hilltoppers swept a series against Newton County to win the MHSAA Class 4A state championship at Ridgelands Freedom Park.

Jernigan, who just completed his 11th season in coaching, is the Daily Journals 2012 Coach of the Year for leading his team to a 34-2 record and the schools first state title in any sport since 1985.

Smithvilles Jeremy Duke, Nettletons Dana Rhea and Hatleys Chris George, who led their teams to the state championship series, were all considered for the award.

Dukes Lady Seminoles won the 1A state title in fastpitch and slowpitch this season.

ASSISTANTS CONTRIBUTE

Jernigan is quick to share his success with assistant coaches Braxton Franks, John Gravat, Derick Kirby and student coaches Wayne Arick and Jason Smith.

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