Legendary Georgia baseball coach Bobby Howard is back, but in Alabama

Legendary Georgia baseball coach Bobby Howard is back, but in Alabama

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Legendary Georgia baseball coach Bobby Howard is back, but in Alabama

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Bobby Howard, shown in this 2004 photo, was hired as the baseball coach at Central in Alabama. (Photo: Michael A. Schwarz)

Bobby Howard, shown in this 2004 photo, was hired as the baseball coach at Central in Alabama. (Photo: Michael A. Schwarz)

Just 54 days after announcing his surprise retirement, legendary Georgia baseball coach Bobby Howard is back, except he’s crossed the river over to Alabama.

Howard, who won 819 games, 12 state titles and coached players such as Hall of Famer Frank Thomas in 31 years at Columbus, Ga., was named the baseball coach at Central High in Phenix City, Ala.

“I still have a fire and a passion,” Howard said Tuesday at a news conference according to the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer and other outlets. “All the things are in place to be successful here.”

At the time he left Columbus, he said, “They deserve a coach in the best frame of mind, and I couldn’t give it to them.” He declined to go into more specifics as to why he was retiring other than to say it was not health related.

Howard, 64, initially joined the football coaching staff at Central as strength and conditioning coach to get a break from baseball and planned to finish out the spring before he planned his next move. However, the baseball job became available and he was a logical choice.
 
“It wasn’t planned, I promise you,” he said, according to the Ledger-Enquirer. “It happened. I just happened to be on campus, and then they had a need here and they were going to make a change regardless. … This is what I do. I was just flattered that they asked me to coach again.”
 
Howard had retired from teaching in Columbus and was just the baseball coach. At Central, he will teach two weight-lifting classes along with his coaching duties.
 
While Howard had retired from teaching and was solely the baseball coach for his last three seasons at Columbus, he will teach part time — two weight lifting classes — at Central.
 
“The main thing is, I’m a young 64,” Howard said, according to the Ledger-Enquirer. “I still enjoy doing it. … There is a commitment here to win. And they’re hungry to win. That more than anything else — I’ll stay around as long as I’m helping them put a good product on the field.”Howard has been at Columbus since 1984, other than a one-year break when he coached at junior college. He previously coached at Jordan and Kendrick and has won more than 900 games overall.

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