As the prep fastpitch softball season nears, one area team is without their leader. Wayne County head coach Carolyn Patterson has been suspended for the season as a result of an investigation by the Mississippi High School Activities Association regarding illegal recruiting contact with a Quitman player.
Quitman Athletic Director Steve Hampton told Newscenter 11 that the possible violation by Patterson was brought to their attention at the beginning of January, and that the MHSAA was then notified by the school.
The MHSAA recommended a half season suspension for Patterson, but Wayne County Superintendent Robert Dean upped the suspension to a full season. The War Eagles will be led by assistant coach Nicole Jones in 2009.