Rodney Batts | Jackson Free Press | Jackson, MS

Rodney Batts

Photo courtesy Delta State Athletics

Photo courtesy Delta State Athletics

CLEVELAND, Miss. (AP) — After five seasons at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Rodney Batts is returning to his alma mater as Delta State University's head baseball coach.

The school says Batts will be formerly introduced during a press conference Monday in Cleveland.

The Natchez Democrat reports Batts is replacing Mike Kinnison, who stepped down last month to become Delta State's director of athletics.

Batts has been the head coach at Gulf Coast since 2015. He has won 119 games in that span, including 75 the past two seasons, and made back-to-back appearances in the NJCAA Region 23 Tournament in 2018 and 2019.

Batts played at Delta State and was an All-Gulf South Conference selection in 1995 and 1996. He graduated in 1998 and was an assistant coach on Kinnison's staff from 1999-2014.

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