Harrison Central head baseball coach retires after 20 years


Holding down the same job for a decade is an impressive feat for anyone, especially in the coaching profession. Which makes it all the more remarkable that for the past two decades, Pat Olmi has been the face of Harrison Central baseball.
That’s soon to change when the longest tenured high school baseball coach on the Gulf Coast officially retires next Thursday.
News 25 first reported his decision to step away after 20 years with the Red Rebels and 35 years as a head coach overall.
Under Olmi’s watch, Harrison Central played for its only state title in 2013 and produced household names like Bobby Bradley and Michael Gilbert. “Great kids. I mean I’ve coached a thousand, thousands and thousands of kids and they’re all great. I mean, I’m going to miss it and I love every one of them. And when you have a player like Michael Gilbert and see what he goes through and went through and the way he bounced back, shoot. That’s what it’s all about. I bleed red, black and white now. I’m a Red Rebel. I loved every day of it,” said Coach Olmi.
Prior to Harrison Central, Olmi coached in the Mississippi Delta at a school called Rolling Fork.
Olmi hanging it up is just one of the changes in the coaching ranks this week, as new faces are coming and going all across the Gulf Coast.
Yesterday, Gulfport named Kristi Basso its next head softball coach. Today, Mississippi Gulf Coast did the same for Hope Adams who’s taking over the women’s basketball program.
Then also yesterday, Pearl River Community College announced Head Football Coach David Saunders will not be returning to the program after one season at the helm.