LYMAN, MS (WLOX) - Harrison Central High School needed someone to coach girls softball and Jimmy Parker was the chosen one.
He says he started coaching baseball at Harrison Central in 1986 and in 992 slow-pitch softball made its way onto the high school sports scene.
Parker said,"We started fast pitch in '95. The athletic director asked me since I was already the slow pitch coach if I wanted to do it. It was a hard decision to make but I decided that I would give it a shot and here we are."
Parker has 790 career wins in both slow pitch and fast pitch softball. 460 of those victories were accomplished in the fast pitch ranks since 1995.
Under his leadership, the Rebelettes captured the 2002 State Championship and of course the 2014 Red Rebelettes celebrated a second Class 6A State Trophy.
Parker says high school softball has come a long way.
"I've seen it grow from nothing,"stated Parker. "There were five teams from the state of Mississippi at that time, three on the coast, D'Ibeville, Pascagoula and ourselves, Clarkdale and Southaven. The second year it grew a little bit and by the third year we had enough in 1997 to have a state champion of all the classes combined."
Parker says he was always interested in baseball and softball as a younger.
"Got great coaches with me," said Parker. "Sherry Davis has been with me since 1994. Ron Weatherly has been with me since 1999 and we picked up Marty Lavender four years ago. His daughter played for me ten years ago. I guess we're the geritol coaching staff in the state of Mississippi."
Key players from the 2014 State Championship team will return next season including pitcher Madison Burge.