32-year-old Jay Artigues has been named new head baseball coach at Pearl River Community College. The former all-state infielder at PRCC awaits approval by the school's Board of Trustees on June 12.
For the past three years, Artigues coached Bossier Parish Community College in Bossier City, Louisiana, compiling a 109-57 record. His 2001 baseball team ran off a 46-15 record reaching the regional finals, ending the season ranked Number 8 in the national JUCO polls.
Jay was one of 20 candidates from junior and senior college coaches and high school coaches in and outside of Mississippi, who applied for the job. The Pearl River eight-member selection committee interviewed five candidates Wednesday before making its recommendation to PRCC President William Lewis.
"I want to commend the members of the search committee for their thoroughness in this selection process." said Lewis. "They interviewed each candidate extensively before making their recommendation to me. I know this was a difficult decision because of the size and quality of the applicants."
Artigues a graduate at St. Stanislaus High School in Bay St. Louis played two seasons at PRCC and went on to play at Belhaven College in Jackson, where he was a first-team All-Gulf Coast Athletic Conference selection at second base.
Artigues said, "This is like a dream come true for me and my family, an opportunity to come back and coach at the place where you went to school.. Pearl River is the best district in the state for baseball. There are fantastic kids in this area. We want to give them a quality baseball program so Pearl River can be their first choice."
Jay began his coaching career in 1992-93 as an assistant at Spring Hill College in Mobile. From 1993-95, he was dean of students and head baseball coach at St. Louis Catholic High in Lake Charles, Louisiana. He led St. Louis into the state playoffs both years, reaching the state quarterfinals in 1996.
He served as athletic director and head baseball coach at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Hammond, Louisiana, where he led the Falcons to the state playoffs for the first time ever. From there he spent the 1997-98 season as an assistant coach at the University of New Orleans before moving to Bossier City.
Artigues and his wife, Rachel, are originally from Bay St. Louis and have one son, Christopher, 1. Rachel is also a PRCC graduate and was the school's homecoming queen in 1993.