PERKINSTON — Mississippi Gulf Coast has hired Zach Allen to join head baseball coach Rodney Batts' staff.
"I knew the tradition of Gulf Coast, and I've always wanted to be here," Allen said. "Being at Jones, I knew the league pretty well, and I knew the talent here. I'm excited to be here now that the opportunity has been given to me."
Allen, 26, comes to Gulf Coast after a season as an assistant at Harrison Central High School. Before that he was an assistant for three seasons at Jones College, has alma mater. Jones won a national championship his first season there and went 100-13. Allen also served as a volunteer assistant at Stone High in 2013-14.
"I'm excited about Zach. He's a really knowledgeable guy having not only played in the league but coached in it for three years," Gulf Coast head coach Rodney Batts said. "He's won in this conference at a high level. Zach knows what it takes in this league. He's a high-energy guy, which is good for us and our guys. He's going to fit in well and do some good things for us."
He played college baseball at Jones, where the Bobcats finished as national runners-up, Point Loma Nazarene and William Carey. Allen is a graduate of Pascagoula High, and he has a bachelor's in general studies from William Carey and a master's in sports management from Southern Miss.
Allen is married to the former Devin Easterling, who was a Gulf Coast cheerleader. They live in Hattiesburg.
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