Mississippi Gulf Coast Loses One Of The All-Time Great Coaches...Calvin Triplett, Sr. - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Mississippi Gulf Coast Loses One Of The All-Time Great Coaches...Calvin Triplett, Sr.

Calvin Triplett dedicated his life to serving others, especially young people. On Tuesday, August 21, at the age of 78, Coach Triplett of Carriere, Mississippi died at Crosby Memorial Hospital in Picayune. His legacy will live on in communities throughout Mississippi and the state of Florida.

After serving in World War II, the 1942 Picayune High School graduate continued his education at Pearl River Junior College and graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi. In 1955 Calvin Triplett received his first opportunity to become a head coach, leading Poplarville to the DeSoto Conference Championship. One year later, he guided the McComb Tigers to the Mississippi State Championship.

In 1963, Coach Triplett left Mississippi for the Sunshine State taking over the Winter Haven, Florida high school football team that went 1-9 the season before he arrived. His Blue Devils posted a 9-1 record, earning a berth in the Florida state playoffs. In 1970 he led Fort Pierce Central to the state finals. A year later Fort Pierce Central would capture the Florida State High School Championship posting a perfect 13-0 season.

In 1978 Coach Triplett was back home in Picayune, named Director of the Picayune Athletic Association. After one season, Picayune High School hired the former Maroon Tide standout to rebuild the football program. He did just that guiding Picayune to the 1986 State Championship.

In 32 years of coaching he compiled an impressive record of 235-81-4 and was named State Coach of the Year five times (3 in Florida and 2 in Mississippi). In 1971 he was nominated for National Coach of the Year. In 1987 he was inducted into the Coaches' wing of the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame. He left a lasting impression on many young men and their parents. Coach Calvin Triplett will be missed, but not forgotten.

VISITATION: Thursday, August 23, 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. in the McDonald Funeral Home, Picayune, MS. First Baptist Church on Friday, August 24, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon.

FUNERAL SERVICES: Friday, August 24, at 12 Noon in the First Baptist Church of Picayune.

BURIAL: New Palestine Cemetery, Picayune, MS. The Rev. Dr. Bill Hardin will officiate at the service.

By A.J. Giardina

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