Trojan Baseball Coaching Staff
Lee Boyd: Head Coach
Lee Boyd begins his 13th season overall and is returning for his 9th 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) and MHSAA Class 5A Coach of the Year twice (2013 and 2014). In 2014, Boyd was named Mississippi's coach of the year by the MAC (Mississippi Association of Coaches) and NFHS (National Federation of State High School Associations). Boyd has been selected to coach the MHSAA (2014) and NEMCABB (2017) all-star games. He has also been a guest speaker at the MS Association of Coaches Clinic in Jackson.
In his eight seasons at New Hope, Boyd has an eight-year record of 197-72 and has seen several of his players sign to play college baseball. Currently, the program has 13 players on college rosters including 4 at the division 1 level. In his first two seasons at NH the Trojans made the 2nd round (2010) and third round (2011) of the playoffs. Boyd has since led the Trojans to the North State Championship Series in 5 of the last 6 seasons, winning 2 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 1st time in school history. 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 3rd round of the playoffs and finished the season ranked #19 by Maxpreps.com. Last season (2017), the team had an overall record of 9-10 with 2 weeks left in the season, before hitting a hot streak to make it back to the North State Title series. The 2017 Trojans finished as the North State Runner-up with an overall record of 21-14 and finished the year ranked #23 in the state by maxpreps.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. (2007-2009) During his tenure at Neshoba, Boyd helped lead the Rockets to two consecutive playoff appearances, a co-district championship, and a two-year record of 39-15. Before joining the staff at Neshoba, Boyd was an assistant under head coach Jeff Cook at Columbus High School where he helped lead the Falcons to a 16-10 record. 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 2nd all 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, 34, and his wife Allison have been married since June of 2006. They have 2 children, daughter Audrey (7) and son Brady (4). They both attend New Hope Elementary.
Boyd Year by Year
Division 49-23 (3 Division Titles)
Playoffs 47-17 (3-time North State Runner up, 2 North State Championships, 2 State Championships)
Year Record Result
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
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 2nd season with the New Hope Baseball program and 1st 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, Garret 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. 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 3rd 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. Joel has a son, Nolan, who is 6 years old.
Tyler Neal: Junior High Coach
Tyler Neal is entering his 3rd season with the New Hope Baseball Program after spending 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.
Adam White: Assistant Junior High Coach
Adam White is entering his 1st season with the New Hope baseball program after spending the 2016 season at Central Hinds. His main responsibilities will be to assist with the middle school baseball program. Coach White graduated from Winston Academy in 1999. After graduation Coach White signed with Delta State University on a football scholarship. He was on the 2000 National Championship football team at Delta State. After graduating from Delta State with a bachelor's in Physical education in 2004, White went on to University of North Alabama were he worked as a graduate assistant under Coach Mark Hudspeth. Coach White, 36, and his wife Shelby have been married since January of 2011. They have 2 sons, Hunter (4) and Colton (2).
Austin Elders: Volunteer Assistant Coach
Austin Elders is beginning his 2nd season as a volunteer assistant coach with New Hope High School. His main responsibility will be to assist with the JV/V program and work with hitters and infielders. Coach Elders graduated from 4A Newton County High School in 2014 where he was a 3 year starter for the varsity baseball team as a 1st baseman and an outfielder. During Elders' high school career, Newton County went to the playoffs four consecutive times. In 2013, Newton County won the North State Championship before falling in the Class 4A state title series played at Trustmark Park in Jackson, MS. Coach Elders was voted team captain of the 2014 team, and was named 1st team All District in Division 5-4A as an infielder. Elders is in his senior year at Mississippi State University where he is majoring in Secondary Education. He is currently student teaching at NHHS.
Kale Fultz: Volunteer Assistant Coach
Kale Fultz is entering his first year as a volunteer assistant coach with New Hope High School. His main responsibility will be to assist with the 9th grade program and JV/V the pitchers. Coach Fultz graduated from Munford High School in Munford, Tennessee in 2012. Coach Fultz attended Southwest TN CC and East Central CC. In 2014 Coach Fultz won 2nd team all conference pitcher for ECCC. Fultz then went to Central Baptist College. Coach Fultz signed as a free agent with the Philadelphia Phillies in 2016 to start his professional career. Fultz is currently spending his summers playing in the Pecos League.