Mosley hires Bobby Howard as new baseball coach

Howard has had a lengthy career in coaching including 12 state championships and seven state...
Howard has had a lengthy career in coaching including 12 state championships and seven state runner-up finishes at Columbus High School in Columbus, GA.(Mosley High School)
Published: Jun. 8, 2022 at 6:40 PM CDT
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PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) -Mosley announced the hiring of Bobby Howard as the new baseball coach of the Dolphins program.

Howard takes over after Jon Hudson’s seven seasons with the Fins, where he led them to a 145-40 stint with a 5A State Championship in 2021 before it was announced his contract would not be renewed for another season.

Howard comes to the Panhandle from St. Anne-Pacelli Catholic School in Columbus, GA. He has also made stops coaching at Jordan High, Chattahoochee Valley Community College, Kendrick High School and Middle Georgia College. In 1997, he led Middle Georgia to a JUCO State Championship.

He spent 31 seasons at Columbus High School in Columbus, GA where he led his team to 12 state championships and seven state runner-up finishes, so it’s safe to say he knows the game well. Despite the change in the game and the players over his time, Coach Howard teaches it all the same.

“There is no generational gap when you are teaching a particular skill or particular subject matter or whatever it may be,” said Coach Howard. “The main thing here is, that we just want the kids to be educated on the field and off the field, how to behave like a respectable young man, and the baseball will take care of itself. That’s kind of what we emphasize that we want to make sure that they are winners on the field and off the field.”

Athletic Director, Doug Lee, released a statement along with the announcement. It reads:

“We are thrilled to have Hall of Fame Coach Bobby Howard take over our baseball program. He brings a wealth of knowledge to our program with an impeccable resume. His connections in the game will only help our players. I have known Coach Howard for a lot of years and there is no better word to describe him but class.”

Coach Howard says he knows the standard for winning is high with the Fins.

“They’ve got a rich tradition there. They always have players, and I’ve investigated and researched some of them, and there’s no question that there’s always been a really good talent pool there. My assistants and myself, we are excited.”

Heading in Coach Howard says his first order of business is building a relationship with his players.

“Let them know, who I am, what I stand for and what my basic core values are and what the baseball fundamentals are that we really try to preach. Try to instill in the parents that we’re coaching young men that choose to play baseball. They’re not just young baseball players. We’re going to try to be holistic in our approach and try to address the physical, the mental, the spiritual, all those aspects, and the academic aspect still for that matter.”

He will meet the team on Wednesday afternoon.

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