PHS baseball welcomes coach Jamie Rigdon

PHS baseball welcomes coach Jamie Rigdon

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PHS baseball welcomes coach Jamie Rigdon

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Jamie Rigdon shakes hands with a PHS booster at a press conference at Another Broken Egg Cafe on Tuesday.

Jamie Rigdon shakes hands with a PHS booster at a press conference at Another Broken Egg Cafe on Tuesday.

To lead one of the oldest high school baseball programs in the state of Florida, Pensacola High school named Jamie Rigdon as the 42nd head baseball coach for the Pensacola High Tigers.

Rigdon boasts more than 10 years of baseball coaching experience, with nine years spent as head coach at Savannah State University in Georgia.

“It’s a wonderful day, getting a new head baseball coach,” PHS athletic director Mike Bennett said. “I was on the interview committee and thought (Rigdon) was outstanding. His resume was second-to-none.”

With a smile, Bennett threw in a dash of humor to wrap up his welcoming introduction for Rigdon.

“Now, we just expect him to win.”

Rigdon holds the highest winning percentage as baseball coach in Savannah State University history, with significant victories over West Virginia, Navy, Temple and Villanova during his tenure.

“I haven’t been this anxious and motivated to get started since I took over Savannah State in 1996,” Rigdon said. “We’re gonna get this thing turned around … the way Pensacola baseball should be. It’s definitely gonna be a process. But we are gonna work hard.”

Rigdon spent last season as a head baseball coach at Chickasaw High (Ala.). Rigdon’s 46-straight wins in 2000 at SSU set an NCAA record which stills stands.

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