Josh Hoffpauir

Head Coach

Josh HoffpauirHoffpauir is entering his sixth season as head baseball coach (9th overall) of the Pearl River Community College Wildcats after serving three seasons as assistant head coach under former Wildcat mentor, Jamie McMahon. In his eight seasons coaching at PRCC, 61 Wildcats have furthered their playing careers at universities.  Hoffpauir has coached two All-Americans, while nine Wildcat standouts have been selected for professional baseball during his tenure.  

After a record setting season in 2013, Hoffpauir reloaded in 2014 earning his 3rd playoff berth in four seasons as head coach of the Wildcats.  The Wildcats finished with a 27-22 mark.  Hoffpauir's aggressiveness on the base paths continued stealing an impressive 135 bases at an 80% success rate.  Wildcat hitters also posted a .311 batting average with runners in scoring position.  Pearl River pitchers slated a 3.81 ERA with 323 strikeouts and held opponents to a .256 batting average against.  The 2013-14 year marked the second consecutive year, Wildcat baseball was selected as an All-Academic Team with a 3.14 team GPA.

During the 2013 season, Hoffpauir guided the Wildcats to the second most wins in school history posting a 41-14 record.  The 2013 squad won the South Division Championship setting a division record in wins (19).  Reaching the Regional Championship game, Hoffpauir’s squad posted a .313 batting average and reached base at an astonishing .425 clip.  The Wildcats also provided speed on the base paths stealing 128 bases. With Hoffpauir at the helm, Pearl River pitchers posted a 3.98 ERA with 328 strikeouts in 2013.  Wildcat student-athletes also showed commitment to the classroom being selected as an All-Academic Team, sporting a 3.12 team GPA.

He was hired as former PRCC head coach Jamie McMahon’s assistant prior to the 2008 season. Prior to arriving at The River, he spent a year at Holmes Community College where he served as the recruiting coordinator and hitting coach. In his only season at Goodman, the Bulldog squad boasted a team batting average over .300, while stealing an impressive 137 bases. Before landing his Holmes job, he coached at the University of Southern Mississippi in 2005 and 2006, serving as an assistant coach for two years where he worked with infielders, hitters, and base running. Hoffpauir also served as the first base coach and coordinator of USM baseball camps.

During his playing career, Hoffpauir played collegiately for Northwestern State (La.) his first three seasons before transferring to Southern Miss.  He started his professional baseball career in the Oakland A’s organization in 2000 and was named the Arizona A’s Most Valuable Player.  During his professional baseball career he had stints with the Oakland A’s, Baltimore Orioles, Seattle Mariners, and Texas Rangers organizations.

Hoffpauir is a 2001 graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi where he earned a master’s degree in coaching and sports administration.  He and his wife, Khara, have two children Zach and Zoey. 

Kyle Lindsey

Associate Head Coach

Kyle LindseyLindsey is entering his sixth season as assistant coach at Pearl River Community College.  His duties include working with Wildcat pitchers, recruiting, and academics.  During Lindsey’s five seasons at PRCC, he has seen 18 pitchers further their careers to the likes of LSU, Ole Miss, Southern Miss, Louisiana-Lafayette, Southeastern Louisiana, Nicholls State, Eastern Kentucky, Alcorn State, Delta State, West Alabama, Belhaven, and Mississippi College.  During his tenure, five Wildcat pitchers have been selected in the MLB Draft (4th, 7th, 18th, 26th, and 36th rounds). 

A 2005 graduate of Purvis High, Lindsey was a former standout shortstop-pitcher for the Purvis High Tornadoes and was instrumental in PHS winning back-to-back MHSAA Class 3A state championships his junior and senior seasons in 2004 and 2005.

While at PRCC, Lindsey was a standout right hander for the 2007 and 2008 Pearl River squads leading the Wildcats to a MACJC South Division title and MACJC State and NJCAA Regional Runner-ups.  After posting an 11-1 record and a 1.80 earned run average, he was named 1st Team NJCAA All-American and Region XXIII Pitcher of the Year as a sophomore.  Besides his All-American accolades, Lindsey was also the NJCAA National Division II strikeout leader his sophomore season.  During his career at Pearl River CC, Lindsey set a career record for wins (19) and a single season record in strikeouts (106). 

After his career at PRCC, Lindsey signed with then-head coach Corky Palmer and current head coach Scott Berry’s Southern Miss squad.  He was an integral part of the Golden Eagle squad winning the NCAA Atlanta Regional and the NCAA Gainesville Super Regional while earning a berth in the 2009 NCAA College World Series in Omaha.

Lindsey received his Bachelor and Master of Science from the University of Southern Mississippi.  He and his wife, Taylor, reside in Poplarville.

Ricky Smith

Assistant Coach

Ricky SmithSmith enters his first year as an assistant coach with the Wildcats following five years as the Head Coach at Bay High School.  During his time in Bay St. Louis, 11 players went on to continue their playing career on the college level. 

A 2000 graduate of George County High School, Smith was a standout shortstop for the 1999 South State Runner-up Rebel Baseball team.  He finished that season with over 40 RBI’s.  At Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Smith was a part of the Region XXIII championship team and hit .341 for the Bulldogs in 2001.  He finished his playing career at the University of Mobile where he hit .302 and tied a school record for hit by pitches in a season. 

His coaching career has included Assistant Coach at George County High School, Associate Head Coach at Hattiesburg High School, both under Coach Joe Hartfield, and Head Coach at Bay High School. 

Smith received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History/Secondary Education at the University of Mobile, and received a Masters of Education in History/Education from William Carey University.  He is currently working on his Specialist Degree in Education Administration that will carry into the Doctoral Program at William Carey. 

Smith recently married the former Anna Ring of Bay St. Louis.  He and his wife reside in Diamondhead, MS.

Kyle Dolan

Assistant Coach

Kyle DolanDolan enters his first 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.

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 plans to major in History.

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