Remembering Pat Olmi’s Life and Legacy

Almost 15 months have gone by since the passing of former Harrison Central High School Head Baseball Coach Pat Olmi and all this time later, his presence still lives on within the Red Rebel family.

Tonight, Harrison Central hosted D’Iberville in a celebration of life in the form of a pre-game ceremony dedicated to the late Pat Olmi.

Prior to his passing in December 2019 at just 61 years of age, Olmi was the longest-tenured high school baseball coach on the Gulf Coast up until his retirement in 2017.

He coached the Red Rebels for 21 years and was a head coach for 35 years, spending more than 30 of them in the Harrison County School District.

An emotional night for family and friends as well as the dozens of former assistant coaches and players who keep his legacy alive to this day. Harrison Central Head Baseball Coach Neil Frederic said, “A lot of love, a lot of heart, a lot of stories, a lot of people just itching with just a glow on their face for just one man that spent from 1996 to 2017 here and many other years in other branches of the world that – that’s all – what else can you do but be on the diamond someplace that he would love to be, and that’s where we are tonight.”

Long Beach Head Baseball Coach Shane Rutledge said, “Coach O – he was Harrison Central for a long time, and his spirit will live on through all of us, all of his former assistants that were here tonight that we share his values with our players nowadays, and we know that he’ll have a lasting legacy. It’s going to go on for generations.”

As a part of the pre-game ceremony, Harrison Central presented four engraved bats to former assistants that have gone on to become head coaches themselves.

The Red Rebels also unveiled the 34 Legacy, his former number, that will be worn by the one player each year deserving of that incredible distinction.

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