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Hall of Famer Marcus Boyles Returning to Petal as Head Football Coach

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Jennifer Rigney, Public Information Officer

December 7, 2023

PETAL, Miss. – Hall of Famer Marcus Boyles will return to Petal High School as head football coach effective January 2024. After an extensive search, the Petal School District Board of Trustees approved the hiring at a special-called meeting this morning.

Known as one of the winningest coaches in Mississippi high school history, Boyles brings 28 years of head coaching experience back to Petal where he served as head coach from 2012 to 2021 before retiring. Accomplishments during his previous nine-year tenure include multiple playoff wins, two district crowns, a south state title, state championship game appearance, and a record of 80 wins and only 39 losses. He was also named the 2018-19 District Administrator of the Year. After retiring from Petal, Boyles took a two-year hiatus from coaching as a sales representative for BSN Sports before being named Meridian’s head coach in January 2023.

“When it comes to Mississippi High School football coaches, Marcus Boyles is in a league of his own,” said Wendy Hogue, Petal School District Athletics and Activities director. “Not only has he been a proven winner for 28 years, more specifically, he’s proven he can win here in Petal. I could not be more excited for our players, coaches, district and the entire Petal community,” Hogue said.

Boyles’ career accomplishments include a remarkable record of 300 wins and 78 losses, nine state championship games and five state titles in three different classifications. He was inducted into the 2023 Mississippi Association of Coaches (MAC) Hall of Fame in June and is highly decorated as a coach of the year including the 2003 MAC Coach of the Year award; the 2004 and 2007 Mississippi High School Activities Association Coach of the Year awards; as well as the 2004 National Federation of State High School Associations Mississippi Coach of the Year.

“My wife and I are really excited about coming back to Petal High School where we spent nine great years coaching and teaching,” said Boyles. “I know the pride and tradition of Petal football, and I am looking forward to working with the administration, teachers and players to make this program the best it can possibly be.”

Boyles’ head coaching career began in 1993 at Taylorsville, where he served until 1997 with a 67-4 record overall, two state championships and five district titles. He spent two years at Pearl, where he went 20-7 overall and won two district crowns; and then on to Wayne County for 11 years with a 127-21 record, three state championships and five district titles prior to his first stint in Petal.

A press conference formally announcing Boyles will take place Tuesday, Dec. 12, at 5 p.m., at the football fieldhouse on the Petal High School campus, 1145 Hwy 42. The media is invited to attend.  

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