Trojan Baseball Coaching Staff
Lee Boyd: Head Coach
Lee Boyd begins his 14th season overall and is returning for his 10th season as the head coach of the Trojans. Boyd has been named The Commercial Dispatch Large School’s Coach of the year 5 times (2010, 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2017). He was also named MHSAA Class 5A Coach of the Year in 2013 and 2014. In 2014, the MAC (Mississippi Association of Coaches) named Boyd the state’s baseball coach of the year and the NFHS (National Federation of State High School Associations) also named him Mississippi’s Baseball Coach of the year. Following a state runner-up finish in 2018, Boyd was named the NEMCABB Class 4A Coach of the year. Boyd has been selected to coach the MHSAA all-star game in 2014 and the NEMCABB all-star game in 2017. He has also been a guest speaker at the MS Association of Coaches Clinic in Jackson.
In his nine seasons at New Hope, Boyd has a nine-year record of 226-79 and has seen several of his players sign to play college baseball. Currently, the program has 13 players on college rosters and one (Will Golsan, Colorado Rockies Organization) in professional baseball. Boyd has led the Trojans to the North State Championship Series (Final 4) in 6 of the last 7 seasons, winning 3 of those series to advance to the State Championship. Under Boyd, the Trojans have been nationally ranked twice. (2014 and 2015)
The most successful seasons for Boyd came in 2013 and 2014. The 2013 team finished at 27-9 and won the state championship against defending champion Pascagoula in 3 games. It was the first title for the Trojans in 10 seasons. The 2014 team won the division and made its way back to North State and defeated rival Oxford to advance to the state championship. The Trojans were matched up against South State Winner West Jones and won a hard-fought series in 3 games to win back to back state championships for the 1sttime in school history. The 2014 team jumped back in the national polls for the 1sttime since 2005 at #20 by Baseball America.
The Trojans have also had recent success on the diamond. In 2015, the Trojans finished at 25-7 as the North State Runner-up and were ranked #7 in the state by Maxpreps.com and #20 Nationally by Maxpreps.com medium school poll. The 2016 team made a run to the 3rdround of the playoffs and finished the season ranked #19 by Maxpreps.com. The 2017 team started slow but ended up finishing as the North State Runner up with a 21-14 record and ranked #23 in state by Maxpreps.com.
Last season, (2018) was special as the Trojans won the division and were crowned the class 4A North State Champion. NH made its way back to Jackson to compete in the state championship vs Vancleave. The Trojans ended up losing the series to finish as the Class 4A State Runner up. NH had a final record of 29-7 and ranked #13 in the state by prepbaseballreport.com.
Before taking over the New Hope program in the fall of 2009, Boyd was an assistant under head coach Brian Jones at Neshoba Central High School in Philadelphia, MS from 2007-2009. Before joining the staff at Neshoba, Boyd was an assistant under head coach Jeff Cook at Columbus High School. His first coaching experience came during a one year stop as the head coach at Immanuel (Columbus Christian School) in Columbus.
A native of Columbus, Boyd attended high school at New Hope and was a three-year starter for the Trojans. During his three years as a starter, the Trojans collected three district championships, a North State runner-up finish, and a North State championship.
After graduation Coach Boyd began his collegiate career by signing with East Mississippi Community College. During his freshman campaign, he was named second team All-Region. After two seasons at EMCC, Boyd signed with the University of West Alabama. As a junior, he was named second team All Gulf South Conference after going 6-1 with two saves in 23 appearances out of the Tiger bullpen. During his senior campaign, he was named preseason All GSC. He finished his college career by going 5-1 with two saves and helped the Tigers finish with a 45-19 record, which is currently the most wins in the program’s history. The 2005 Tigers also won the GSC title and earned a birth in the NCAA Div II Regional. Boyd finished his two year UWA career with an 11-2 record which is good for 2ndall time at UWA in career winning percentage.
Boyd earned a Bachelor’s degree in History Education from UWA in 2005 and a Master’s degree in Physical Education from UWA in 2008. Boyd, 35, and his wife Allison have been married since June of 2006. They have 2 children, daughter Audrey (8) and son Brady (5). They both attend New Hope Elementary.
Boyd Year by Year
Division 57-23 (4 Division Titles)
Playoffs 55-20 (3-time North State Runner up, 3 North State Championships, 2 State Championships)
Year Record Result
2018 29-7 District Champions, Class 4A North State Champions, Class 4A State Runner up
2017 21-14 Class 5A North State Runner-up
2016 20-12 3rd round of playoffs
2015 25-7 Class 5A North State Runner-up
2014 32-4 District Champions, Class 5A North State Champions, Class 5A State Champions
2013 27-9 Class 5A North State Champions, Class 5A State Champions
2012 25-9 District Champions, Class 5A North State Runner-up
2011 24-9 3rd round of playoffs
2010 23-8 District Champions, 2nd round of playoffs
Final Rankings by Season
2018 #12 by Maxpreps.com, #13 by Prepbaseballreport.com
2017 #23 by Maxpreps.com
2016 #19 by Maxpreps.com
2015 #7 by Maxpreps.com, #20 Nationally by Maxpreps.com Medium School Poll
2014 #2 by Maxpreps.com, #4 by Clarion-Ledger, #20 Nationally by Baseball America
2013 #12 by Maxpreps.com, #12 by Clarion-Ledger
2012 #18 by Maxpreps.com, #11 by Clarion-Ledger
2011 #20 by Maxpreps.com
2010 # 22 by Maxpreps.com
Jared Garrett: Assistant Varsity Coach
Jared Garrett is entering his 3rd season with the New Hope Baseball program and 2nd as the varsity assistant. Coach Garrett is a 2006 graduate of New Hope High School. After graduation, he went on to serve in the military for 4 years. Prior to coming to NH, he has been an assistant coach at Starkville High School (2016) and Columbus High School (2014). In 2015, Garrett started his career as the head baseball coach at Columbus Christian School. His main responsibilies will be to run the junior varsity team and work with outfielders and hitters. Coach Garrett earned his Bachelor's of Science degree from Mississippi State University in 2014. Garrett, 30, and his wife Annie Cate have been married for three years. She is also an elementary teacher at New Hope Elementary School.
Joel Robertson: Freshman Coach
Joel Robertson is entering his 4th season as an assistant coach. Coach Robertson will be in charge of the 9th grade program and assist with the JV/Varsity. Prior to joining the staff at NH, Coach Robertson was as assistant coach at Winona High School for 8 seasons. He is a 1995 graduate of Winona High School. He is a 2008 graduate of Mississippi State University with a Bachelor's Degree in PE/Health. Joel's wife Rachel is a teacher at NHHS. They have six children, Chandler (20) Grace (15) Ndy (13) Huntley (11) Emma (10) and Nolan (6).
Tyler Neal: Junior High Coach
Tyler Neal is entering his 4th season with the New Hope Baseball Program. He spent the 2016 season on staff at Long Beach High School. Neal was a volunteer student assistant on the 2015 staff. His main responsibilities will be to run the Junior High Program and assist with the JV/V. Coach Neal graduated in 2009 from Edinburg High School where he was a 4-year starter. After graduation, Neal signed with East Central Community College to continue his baseball career. After finishing at ECCC, Neal went on the Mississippi State University and graduated in 2015 with a bachelor's degree in kinesiology. Coach Neal, 26, and his wife Keeton both teach at New Hope Middle School. They have 1 daughter, Evie Kate, who was born in November of 2018.
Nich Morrow: Assistant Junior High Coach
Nich Morrow is entering his 1st season at New Hope as the junior assistant coach. He has previously coached as an assistant at Choctaw County High School and Eupora High School. Coach Morrow graduated high school from East Webster in 2011. After graduating, he served for 6 years in the Mississippi Army National Guard. Coach Morrow received his Bachelor of Science degree from Mississippi State University in May of 2017. He has one child, Christian, who is 3 years old.
Brandon Williams: Student Coach
Brandon WIlliams is entering his 1st season with the New Hope baseball program as a student assistant for the 2019 baseball season. He is a 2015 graduate of Grenada High School where he was a three year starter before earning all state honors as a senior. He continued his baseball career at Itawamba Community College where he spent the 2015-2017 seasons as a middle infielder. He is now a senior at MIssissippi State University and is majoring in Secondary Education with a focus on Social Studies.