POPLARVILLE – Pearl River Community College has officially named Michael Avalon as its new head baseball coach.
Avalon, 34, was hired as head coach on June 3, and was approved Thursday at the PRCC Board of Trustees monthly meeting on the school’s main campus. He was chosen from a field of 35 applicants.
Avalon has been the head coach at Mississippi Delta Community College the past five seasons, taking the Trojans to the MACJC playoffs four times, and was an assistant coach at East Central Community College for five seasons prior to taking the job at MDCC.
Under Avalon’s guidance, the Trojans were consistently among the best in the state and in the nation in team grade-point average, finishing either first or second in the MACJC for all five years of his tenure.
He also raised more than $200,000 for the MDCC program, resulting in a number of significant upgrades to the facility on the Moorhead campus. Through 2015, he has sent 36 players to four-year programs, including 12 Division I players.
Avalon, 34, is a native of Jackson and played high school ball as a pitcher for Tommy Groves at Forest Hill High School.
He played two seasons at Holmes Community College (2001-02) and was a second team All-State selection as a sophomore. He was named to the HCC Sports Hall of Fame in 2015.
After leaving Holmes, Avalon spent a year at Lincoln Memorial University (Tenn.), then completed his playing career in 2004 at West Alabama. He served two seasons as graduate assistant at UWA, helping the Tigers reach the NCAA Division II regionals both seasons. West Alabama was Gulf South Conference champion in 2005 and GSC runners-up in 2006.
While at East Central, he helped the Warriors to the MACJC championship in 2007, and three appearances in the NHCAA Region 23 Tournament.
His overall coaching record at Mississippi Delta was 115-111 and 69-61 in conference play.
Dolan enters his second season as an assistant coach with the Wildcats following his career at Pearl River. The Hattiesburg native prepped at Forrest County AHS before signing with Pearl River to extend his baseball career. Dolan's duties include assisting with position players, strength and conditioning training, and recruiting.
While at PRCC, Dolan played a vital role in two seasons collecting 68 wins while in the maroon and gold. He helped the Wildcats earn a MACJC South Conference Championship along with a NJCAA Regional Runner Up. Dolan was selected as MACJC and NJCAA Player of the Week during his career.
Dolan is a graduate of PRCC and plans to major in History.