Trojan Baseball Coaching Staff
Lee Boyd: Head Coach
Lee Boyd begins his 15th season overall and is returning for his 11th 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 has been named MHSAA Coach of the Year 3 times. (2013, 2014, 2019) 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 and a state championship in 2019, Boyd was named the NEMCABB Class 4A Coach of the year for the last two seasons. Following the 2019 season Boyd was voted "Among the Best Coaches" in the Commerical Dispatch's readers choice poll. 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 ten seasons at New Hope, Boyd has a record of 253-84 and has seen several of his players sign to play college baseball. Currently, the program has 9 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 7 of the last 8 seasons, winning 4 of those series to advance to the State Championship. Under Boyd, the Trojans have been nationally ranked three times (2014, 2015, 2019)
In 2013 and 2014, Boyd led the Trojans to back to back state championships for the 1st time in school history. The 2013 team won the state championship against defending champion Pascagoula in 3 games to finish the season at 27-9 and ranked #12 by the Clarion Ledger. 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 the state championship. The 2014 team jumped back in the national polls for the 1st time 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.
Over the last two seasons under Boyd, NH has finished as the state runner up in 2018 and state champions in 2019. The 2018 team won the division and was 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. The 2019 team won the division for the 2nd straight season and finished the playoffs with a perfect 10-0 record. NH defeated Sumrall at Trustmark Park to win the school's 8th state championship. The 2019 team finished the season at 27-5 and ranked #4 in the state by maxpreps.com, #6 in the state by mississippigridiron.com, and #24 nationally by maxprep.com's medium school poll.
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, 36, and his wife Allison have been married since June of 2006. They have 2 children, daughter Audrey (9) and son Brady (6). They both attend New Hope Elementary.
Boyd Year by Year
Division 65-23 (5 Division Titles)
Playoffs 65-20 (3-time North State Runner up, 4 North State Championships, 3 State Championships)
Year Record Result
2019 27-5 District Champions, Class 4A North State Champions, Class 4A State Champions
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
2019 #4 by Maxpreps.com. #6 by mississippigridiron.com, #24 Nationally by Maxpreps.com Medium School Poll
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 4th season with the New Hope Baseball program and 3rd 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 was 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 as well as a Master's of Education in Educational Leadership from Mississippi College in 2019. Garrett, 32, and his wife Annie Cate have been married for five years. They have 1 daughter, Anna Rollins, who was born in September of 2019.
Joel Robertson: Freshman Coach
Joel Robertson is entering his 5th 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 (21) Grace (16) Ndy (14) Huntley (12) Emma (11) and Nolan (7).
Tyler Neal: Junior High Coach
Tyler Neal is entering his 5th 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, 27, and his wife Keeton both teach at New Hope Middle School. They have 1 daughter, Evie Kate, who was born in November of 2018.
Ben Tillman: Assistant Junior High Coach
Ben Tillman is entering his 1st season with the New Hope Baseball Program and 6th overall. Prior to joining the staff at New Hope, Tillman was an assistant coach at Starkville HS (2018-2019), head baseball coach at Yazoo City HS (2016-2017), and an assistant at Yazoo City in 2015. His main responsibilities will be to assist with the Junior High Program. He will also assist with the JV/V teams. Coach Tillman is a 2010 graduate of Grenada HS. After graduation, he attented Itawamba CC and Mississippi State University. He graduated in 2014 with a Bachelor's of Interdisciplinary Studies. Coach Tillman, 28, and his wife Holly have been married since May of 2019.