Leigh White - Head Coach
The Leigh White era of River Lady Wildcat softball enters its second decade in 2013. White, who boasts a 215-170 overall WL record over the last 10 years, saw her squad cop MACJC and Region 23 tournament berths a year ago despite wrapping the season with a lackluster 21-24 record. In 2010, White guided The River to its first ever MACJC state championship and hopes to duplicate that feat this goaround. Her 2011 squad, also state and regional qualifiers finished at 21-23. But the Quitman native quickly admits it will be a tough task. “It takes as much luck as it does skill and talented to win it all,” she said. “We were fortunate in 2010. But who knows?
There are lots of holes to fill, but if our freshmen people can step up and develop quickly, it could happen again.” Five sophomore return in 2013 in pitchers Brittany LeBlanc and Neely McCrary, outfielders Whitney Waits and Shannon Brown, and infielder Hillary Dickens. All saw starting action last season. “We’re a little slack in the sophomore department this year, but they all possess great leadership skills.” White graduated from Quitman High in 1995 where she was a standout softball, basketball, and tennis player. After graduation, she signed on with nearby Jones County Junior College where she was an All-MACJC performer at third base. The Lady Bobcats won MACJC state titles in 1996 and 1997, including and a Region 23 championship in 1996 and a berth in the NJCAA National Tournament. After graduating from JCJC, she headed to Southern Wesleyian University (S.C.) where she spent three years, including a redshirt season in 1998. SWU won the Southern States Athletic Conference title her junior year and went on to finish third in the NCAA regionals. After earning her B.S. degree in physical education and theraputic recreation, White wound up at Mississippi Gulf Coast CC in Perkinston where she served as a graduate assistant in 2000. The Lady Bulldogs won MACJC and Region 23 titles that year, earning a berth in the NJCAA National Tournament. MGCCC finished fifth in that event. White arrived at The River in 2001 and served as an assistant coach under then head coach Laurie Neelis through 2002 before succeeding her as head coach 2003. White guided PRCC to a MACJC Region 23 Tournament berth her second year at the helm and the Lady ’Cats finished fourth in the annual event which was played at Northeast Mississippi CC. In 2008, her squad finished third in the MACJC State Tournament, also played at NEMCC, and captured the runnerup spot to champion MGCCC in the Region 23 event. In 2009, 2011 and 2012, White’s squad earned state and regional berths. White also holds a M.S. degree in sports administration from the University of Southern Mississippi.
A pair of former Pearl River standouts from 2007 and 2008 are 11th year Lady Wildcat head coach Leigh White’s staff of assistants in 2013. Kim Boutwell, who served as a graduate assistant coach on last year’s 21-24 squad, and Morgan Necaise are both veterans of the collegiate softball game and White is elated with their presence. “Kim and Morgan are going to be big assets for us,” White said. “Both are former players here and they love Pearl River softball. I couldn’t be more happy to have them on board.”
Kim Boutwell - Assistant Coach
Boutwell, a Carriere native, is a 2006 graduate of Pearl River Central High school where she was a five-year (grades 8-12) player for Lady Blue Devil head coach Brandi Mitchell. She was also a basketball star at PRC, earning All-District honors for four straight years (grades 9-12) under head coach Donna Spiers. Boutwell signed on with PRCC in 2006 an outfielder. After graduating from The River in 2008, she headed to the University of Southern Mississippi where she earned her B.S. degree in sport coaching education in 2010 and her M.S. degree in sports management last May. “I’m really looking forward to my first season as a full-time coach,” she said. “Coach White is a great person and coach. And I’m also looking forward to working with Morgan.” While at USM, Boutwell served as a student assistant coach for the Lady Golden Eagle squad under head coach Howard Dobson in 2010 and a graduate assistant in 2011. One of the highlights of her Southern Miss stint was the Division 1A team winning the Sunshine Classic Tournament in Tallahassee, Fla., where the Lady Eagles defeated two nationally ranked teams in host Florida State and LSU. In addition to her coaching duties at USM, Boutwell also assisted Dobson — now an assistant coach at LSU — in numerous softball camps at LSU and Notre Dame (two years) among others. She is the daughter of Carlos (retired PRCC maintenance worker) and Zandra Boutwell. She also has a brother, Aaron.
Morgan Necaise - Assistant Coach
Necaise is a 2005 graduate of Hancock County High School where she was a versatile standout athlete in softball, basketball, and track and field. In softball, she earned All-District honors her jun- ior and senior seasons before signing with PRCC in the spring of 2005. After breaking her ankle in the 2006 preseason, Necaise redshirted her freshman year at The River before returning as a starter in 2007. She was also an All-Mississippi Gulf Coast Conference softball player in 2005 and started for the Mississippi Blast, a select team affiliated with the Junior Olympics, for four straight years. She was named to the All-Mississippi Gulf Coast Conference softball squad in 2005. Necaise was also a three-year letter winner and two-year starter at forward for the HCHS basketball team, which won the MHSAA Class 5A title in 2005 under head coach Pam Slayton. In track and field, Necaise finished third in the state in the shot put. At Pearl River, she earned first-team All-MACJC honors her freshman and sophomore seasons, as well as being named the college’s ‘Outstanding Female Athlete’ in 2008. Necaise boasted a two- year batting average of .350 while at The River and bashed 10 home runs (six in 2007 and four in 2008). Her softball talents quickly drew the attention of Brigham Young University-Hawaii and she signed on with the Lady Seasiders for the 2009 (un- der head coach Jackson Mapu) and 2010 (under head coach Scott Lowe) seasons where she played first and third base, as well as catcher her senior year. Necaise was the Lady Seasiders’ team captain both seasons and was tagged the team’s ‘Most Valuable Player’ her senior year. She was named ‘All-Pac West Conference Player of the Week’ four times during her stay in Hawaii. In addition was all-conference in academics and as a player both seasons. She earned her B.S. degree in exercise and sports science from BYU-H in 2010 and is currently working on her M.S. degree in sports management and will complete her graduate work at USM in December. Necaise served as a BYU-H assistant coach in 2011 and 2012 and was director of the college’s softball clinic from 2009 until 2012. She is the daughter of Lisa Day Carlisle and Gary Necaise, both of Bay St. Louis. Her brother, Krisjon Wilkerson, is a standout sophomore catcher for the Pearl River baseball squad.