By Daniel Brunty The Winston County Journal

The Louisville High School baseball team will have a new look next season as they welcome a new head coach into their fold.

Hayden Cox will replace former head coach Justin Reed, who stepped down from his position just last month. Cox is coming to the Wildcats family from Petal High School. Cox was an assistant coach at the school for eight years. During his time at Petal High, the team won six division championships, five South State championships, and two state championships.

Cox started his coaching career after playing collegiate ball at Faulkner State Junior College in Alabama and William Carey College in Hattiesburg. In his coaching career, he served four years as an assistant coach at William Carey and one year at East Central Community College. Cox also was the head coach at Vancleave High School for six of his eight years at the school. At Vancleave, Cox had his team reach the state playoffs seven of those eight years.

With Louisville High baseball having such a rich tradition from the past days, Cox felt it was important that his new players embrace that tradition. “The first thing I said when I met with some of the guys from the team was we want to bring an environment of winning,” Cox said. “From what I know of the team from research, the team isn’t what Louisville is expected to be. I know when I was growing up and starting in coaching, you knew the name of Louisville from the past. It didn’t seem like for the past couple of years that people were talking about the team like they did in the past. So that is what we want to bring back.”

Cox is hoping to bring a new perspective that will have the team competing for division titles every year. “I don’t know how much it wasn’t there in the past, but one thing we are going to make sure that we try to bring is an attention to detail,” Cox said. “A lot of times the little things get looked over and it makes a difference between winning and losing games. We are going to address it from the basics, concentrating on the defensive side of the ball, the running game, all the little things that don’t show up in the box score.”

Since the 2007-2008 season, the LHS baseball team has composed an overall record of 54-57. As change continues around the program, Cox is planning to bring LHS baseball back on the map in Mississippi.

The LHS baseball team will be back in action in the spring of 2013.