April 19, 2014  

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College of Health Alumnus Powell Enjoys Success as Area Softball Coach

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Jamie Powell spent seven years coaching softball at Sumrall High before taking over as head coach at Wayne County.

Jamie Powell, an alumnus of the Southern Miss School of Human Performance and Recreation, has achieved great success on and off the softball field since his days as an outstanding academic at the University.

Powell is a Marion County native and graduated cum laude in 2005 with a dual degree in coaching administration and school health licensure. Powell was also awarded the Outstanding Undergraduate Dual Major Scholar Award from his department while at Southern Miss.

Powell took his first coaching appointment at Sumrall High School as head coach for the Lady Bobcats’ fast-pitch softball team in 2005. Several years later Powell’s Lady Bobcats would compete for their first South State Championship in the 2011-2012 season.

During his Sumrall coaching appointment, Powell continued his outstanding academic track at Southern Miss. Once again, he graduated cum laude with a master of science in interscholastic athletic administration in 2010.

After seven successful years at Sumrall, Powell transferred to Wayne County High School, in the fall of 2012, where he led the Lady War Eagles to the State Championship series in slow-pitch. Wayne County fell short in the championship game, but Powell and his Lady War Eagles did not fall short in a successful season.

Powell is not the only member of his family who is well-known to Southern Miss’ College of Health. Powell’s mother, Reba Bennett, currently serves as the administrative assistant to the dean of the College of Health. She has served for the last nine years in the College of Health Dean’s Office.

When asked about her son’s achievements, Ms. Bennett humbly stated, “I am extremely proud of Jamie and the success he has had over the years. It takes a lot of dedication, hard work and support to have a successful program. He has received that from his coaching staffs, administrators, players, and parents.

“Also, I cannot leave out his wife Brittney. She has been a major support to him and that makes it easier to do what he needs to do to produce a winning pro-gram.”

When asked about his successful career thus far, Powell responded, “I attribute my success from the work ethic my parents instilled in me at an early age, and my mentoring by Dr. James McGuire and Mr. Gerry Powell at USM. I have always had a desire to want to do right and be successful.”

Jaime Powell plans to continue his coaching success by using the knowledge and skills learned through his education at Southern Miss.