Josh Hoffpauir – Head Coach
Hoffpauir is entering his fourth season as head baseball coach of the Pearl River Community College Wildcats after serving three seasons as assistant head coach under former Wildcat mentor, Jamie McMahon. In his six seasons coaching at PRCC, 46 Wildcats have furthered their playing careers at Universities. Hoffpauir has coached two All-Americans, while four Wildcat standouts have been selected for professional baseball during his tenure.
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. Hoffpauir, and his wife, Khara, have two children Zach and Zoey.
Kyle Lindsey – Assistant Coach
Lindsey is entering his fourth season as pitching coach at Pearl River Community College. His duties include working with Wildcat pitchers, recruiting, and academics. During Lindsey’s three seasons at PRCC, he has seen 10 pitchers further their careers to the likes of Ole Miss, Southern Miss, Southeastern Louisiana, Nicholls State, Alcorn State, Delta State, Belhaven, Mississippi College, and to the MLB Draft. In 2011, five pitchers moved on from PRCC to pitch at a University. In 2012, the lone sophomore on the pitching staff signed with a Division I program, while one freshman also moved on to a Division I school. In 2013, Lindsey saw two of his pitchers selected in the MLB Draft, while three signed with Division I programs.
The Purvis native was a standout right hander for the 2007-2008 Pearl River squads leading the Wildcats to a MACJC South Division title and MACJC State and NJCAA Regional Runner-ups. He earned first team NJCAA All-American honors as a sophomore. Besides his All-American accolades, Lindsey was also the 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 Atlanta Regional and Gainesville Super Regional while earning a 2009 College World Series berth. During his high school career, he 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 in 2004 and 2005.
Lindsey received his Bachelor and Master of Science from the University of Southern Mississippi. He is engaged to Taylor Thompson of Purvis.
Jeff Long – Assistant Coach
Long is in his 2nd stint with Wildcat baseball program, after serving as an assistant coach under Jamie McMahon in 2008-2009. He played collegiately at William Carey University from 2001-2004, where he ranks 2nd all time in games played (196). While playing a WCU, Long helped lead the Crusaders to 3 Conference Championships and 2 Regional Runner-ups (2003-2004). His senior season, the 2004 Crusaders finished the season ranked 9th nationally.
Following his playing career, Long immediately began coaching where he served as an assistant coach under Bobby Halford at William Carey University from 2005-2007. He spent 2010 as an assistant coach at Mississippi Gulf Coast CC, where he worked with hitters, infielders, and recruiting.
During the 2013 season at Pearl River, Long worked with Wildcat hitters and recruiting. Four of his hitters furthered their careers moving on to Arkansas, Ole Miss, Nicholls State, and Belhaven. Long also saw one of his hitters selected as an NJCAA All American.
Long received his Bachelor of Science and Master of English from William Carey University. He, and his wife, Whitney, have one daughter Addison.