After working more than 30 years in the Harrison County School District, students, faculty, and staff are shocked at the news of the sudden passing of former Harrison Central Baseball Coach Pat Olmi.
Yesterday, Coach Olmi died at the age of 61 at Ocean Springs Hospital after suffering a heart attack. He served as skipper of the Red Rebels for 21 years until his retirement in 2017.
Olmi’s coworkers and former students say his shoes will never be filled and he will never be forgotten. Harrison Central Head Softball Coach Jimmy Parker said, “Coach Olmi is my best friend. It’s going to be hard every day to not pick the phone up seeing his name and call him. It’s gonna be hard moving forward, a lot of his former players and a few of his current players on the team and a lot of my softball players just lots of people have been a big outpouring of love and thoughts and prayers.”
Harrison Central Baseball Assistant Kelly Weems said, “Things that people never forget, just him being everywhere and always being there for anybody who needed him. The thing I think people love the most about him was you knew he was telling you the truth and you knew he cared about you. I know it’s gonna be tough right now but we’re gonna be able to look back and everybody’s going to be so happy that with just the time they had with him and for the impact he had on so many people’s lives.”
Funeral arrangements are still in the planning stages.