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Coaches Scott Leggett, Marcus Pitts leave the ’Cats

Scott Leggett was the slow-pitch and fast-pitch softball coach at his alma mater, Bogue Chitto, for 14 seasons, but the six-time state champion decided it was time for a new challenge after the 2018 season. He’ll head to Loyd Star as an assistant softball and football coach.

“It was a family decision,” Leggett said. “My wife is from Loyd Star. The counselor spot opened up, and she loved to go back to her home school. We live at Loyd Star, too. It was just a big family decision.”

Leggett said meeting with the girls’ softball team at Bogue Chitto and informing them that they were leaving was hard, but the team understood.

“We’re leaving them in really good hands,” Leggett said. “They’ve got two excellent coaches that are taking over.  They knew it was a family decision. I felt like I needed a new challenge and a fresh start.”

The Lady Bobcats had seen strong success under Leggett’s 14-year tenure, winning two slow-pitch state championships and four fast-pitch state titles while playing for 11 titles in all.

He was the head football coach at Enterprise High School in 2003 before returning to his alma mater in 2004.

He said he’s excited about returning to the gridiron to coach football, while also continuing to be around the game of softball.

“I love football,” Leggett said. “I told coach (Brian) Ford that I’m all in and I’ll do whatever that they need me to do. We’re going to start breaking things down and going over a few things next week.”

With Leggett heading to Loyd Star next season, he’ll get to compete against Bogue Chitto twice within the district in softball.

“I know our girls, and they know me,” Leggett said. “It’s going to be a competitive game. Our girls are so used to playing against friends, and this is not going to be any different. Our girls do a good job of staying composed, and not making it more than what it is. It definitely will be interesting.”

Bogue Chitto boys’ basketball coach Marcus Pitts also resigned from his position at the school after going to the first round of the playoffs this season.

Pitts is now the head junior high boys basketball coach at Byram Middle School and an assistant coach at Terry High School.

Pitts said that the decision was about proximity.

“It’s three miles from home, and that’s great,” Pitts said.

Bogue Chitto hired Kristopher Smith to replace Leggett as head coach of slow- and fast-pitch softball. The Bobcats hired Robert Walters as the new girls’ basketball coach.