William Carey’s Bobby Halford named Coach of the Year

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Following the January 21st tornado in Hattiesburg, William Carey became the central focus of damage and destruction. Almost five months to the day, the resilient university is back to making headlines for its athletic dominance.
Yesterday, William Carey Head Baseball Coach Bobby Halford was named NAIA Coach of the Year. His 2017 Crusaders were one of his best teams yet, winning 45 games en route to their third all-time appearance in the Avista NAIA Baseball World Series.
Halfrod’s been the skipper at Carey for 32 years and ranks fourth amongst the league’s active coaches with more than 1100 wins.
This is the first time any head man of the Crusaders has won Coach of the Year. There are 181 member schools that field a baseball team in the NAIA.

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A native of Pass Christian and a St. Stanislaus alum, Jeff Haeger comes to News 25 from right in our backyard. He most recently spent more than three years working as the sports reporter for WHLT-TV in Hattiesburg, where he provided extensive coverage of his alma mater, The University of Southern Mississippi. At Southern Miss, Jeff was a member of the Honors College and graduated with a B.A. degree in Broadcast Journalism with a minor in Spanish. He also wrote for USM's award-winning school newspaper, The Student Printz, where he won first place for Best Sports Story in 2013. Jeff loves to travel, and is excited to get back on the water to reunite with his family. In his spare time you can find Jeff spending time with his friends, and maybe even winning a fantasy football league. For sports stories contact Jeff at jhaeger@wxxv25.com.

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