Stovall named LA baseball coach

Stovall named LA baseball coach


Leake Academy didn’t have to look far to find a new head baseball coach.

Leake recently named former Union and Neshoba Central coach Turk Stovall as the school’s new head football coach. Stovall replaces Cory Burns, who stepped down from baseball to concentrate on football.

“I’m really excited about the opportunity,” Stovall said. “I think it should be a really good group of kids to work with and they have a really good young group coming up. I’m looking forward to getting in there and get going and get my feet on the ground.”

After leaving Neshoba Central, where he was the head coach for seven years, Stovall worked in the construction business. He will also be director of maintenance at Leake.

“I think that was another reason why it was a pretty good fit,” Stovall said. “I’m used to inspecting things and looking for problems. I think that part of the job was a good fit for me as well.”

Stovall said he wasn’t necessarily looking for a baseball job but had been thinking about getting back into coaching after three years away from the game.

“I stepped away from the game but baseball is what I know and what I love,” Stovall said. “When I stepped away, it was the right decision at the time but I think it was meant for to be for me to coach the game and work with young men. I felt like it was the right time to get back in it.”

Stovall is a graduate of Neshoba Central and played for two years at East Central and then played for two years at Mississippi College. Out of college, Stovall was the head coach at Union for five years before taking the head job at Neshoba in 2012.

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