Former West Lauderdale coach to be inducted into MS Sports Hall of Fame

The Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame announced its six newest members on Monday.

One of those members is Jerry Boatner, former West Lauderdale baseball and softball coach. Boatner is the winningest baseball coach in Mississippi history, racking up an astonishing 1,133 career wins.

Boatner graduated from East Mississippi Community College and Delta State University before starting his 50 year career in high school baseball.

He spent 5 years at Clarkdale High School before coaching baseball players at West Lauderdale High School for the next 45 years. Upon his retirement, Boatner's baseball teams had won a combined 1,202 games and 14 state championships.

From 1990-2008, Boatner also guided the West Lauderdale softball program to an impressive 610-135 (.819) record and eight state titles.

Boatner is in numerous Halls of Fame including: The National Federation of State High School Associations, the Mississippi Association of Coaches, the American Baseball Coaches Association, the Delta State HOF, the East Mississippi CC HOF, and the Crossroads Diamond Club HOF.

He now lives in Jefferson, GA and is a volunteer coach at schools in the area.