Russell to step down from Mooreville High baseball post

MOOREVILLE – After leading Mooreville High to the MHSAA Class 3A state championship series, Jamie Russell has resigned from his coaching duties to assume an administrative position at the Lee County school.

Russell, whose Troopers lost to Sumrall in last week’s state championship series, is now an administrative intern.

This past season was Russell’s first as the skipper of the Troopers. He had previously been a player and later an assistant coach at Mooreville under the state’s winningest coach, Rex Berryman, before spending three seasons as Ripley High’s head coach.

He replaced Berryman as Mooreville ‘s head guy after the conclusion of the 2010 season.

Derek Thompson, an assistant baseball coach at Mooreville the past seven seasons, will now be at the helm of the Troopers baseball program that has won eight state titles.

“We’re graduating the top four in our order, but we got some kids coming back that play hard,” said the 30-year-old Thompson, who played high school baseball at Mantachie and one year of college ball at Belhaven. “I’m anxious to get out here and get after it.”

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