In all of his years of coaching, Carroll Academy football coach Bo Milton has been the head coach in football, girls softball, basketball and even track. Now he’ll get his shot at coaching baseball.
Milton was recently named the head baseball coach at Carroll Academy, replacing Nathan Moncrief, who coached there for one year before leaving to take an administrative job at J.Z. George.
“I’m excited about it and I think it’s a good move,” Milton said. “After Coach Moncrief stepped down, I went to Mrs. Mitchell and told her I was interested in being the head coach. It took a little while as they looked at some things and explored their options. With me being the head football coach, they didn’t want to overload me. I’m excited about it.”
Milton said he comes from a baseball family and has a deep baseball background. He was an assistant at Copiah Academy under Jeff Walker and at Madison Ridgeland Academy under Brad Winkler. He was also an assistant baseball coach at Tri-County and assisted Moncrief last year at Carroll. Milton said he played for Ken Jackson at Parklane, who is now the head baseball coach at Southwest Community College.
“My dad loved baseball and coached me all along the way,” Milton said. “I had an uncle that played at Mississippi State and a cousin that played at Delta State on one of their national championship teams. There is a lot of baseball in my family and a lot of background there. It’s kind of hidden behind the football background but there is a lot of baseball there. I’ve coached everything else, so I might as well be the head coach in baseball.”
Milton said the Rebels showed improvement last year despite the lack of wins on the field and he hopes to pick that back up this season.
“I think we will pick up where we left off and work the fundamentals,” Milton said. “We have to be better at the plate. I thought we were getting there and will keep on working there. We are going to have to play small ball because we don’t have a lot of power. We have to throw strikes and play defense behind them. We have to have a better understanding of the situation and do a better job at executing in those situations. We were getting there last year and hopefully that will carry over.”
Milton said the Rebels didn’t play any summer games but will pick up the baseball once football season is over.
“We will start baseball when football is over,” Milton said. “We will bring back a lot of experience from last year. We only had three seniors and will only have two this year. We have a lot of kids that played last year. Eventually some of that experience has to turn in our favor.”
Milton said softball coach Zach Whitfield will be his assistant on the field.
“Zach played junior college ball and knows a lot about the game,” Milton said. “I’m very excited about having him help. We will work well together. I love baseball and enjoyed coaching it this past year with Coach Moncrief. We want to regrow this program.”