Coach Jack Byrd joins the Owls Athletic staff after 10 seasons at the helm of Pearl River Community College women’s program. He served as assistant coach under then-head coach Josh Hess for two seasons, then took over the head coaching position in 2009. While at PRCC, Byrd led the Lady Wildcats to four MACJC state championships.
Byrd is a 1999 graduate of Picayune Memorial High School. Byrd received his Associate of Arts degree from Pearl River Community College and later earned a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Ouachita Baptist University in 2003.
Byrd began his coaching career as the athletic director for the Clark County (Ark.) Boys and Girls Club, where he coached the U-17 and U-18 club soccer teams.
In his first season as head coach at PRCC, he guided the Lady Wildcat squad to their second MACJC state championship and was named the MACJC’s Women’s Coach of the Year. In 2011 Byrd led the Lady Wildcats to another South State Championship. In 2012 the Lady Wildcats won the MACJC/Region 23 Tournament title. In 2014, PRCC knocked off previously-undefeated Jones County in the semifinals of the MACJC/Region 23 Tournament en route to the state title. In 2015, Pearl River finished 15-3 overall, winning the South Division and the MACJC/Region 23 Tournament titles.
Under his guidance, the Lady Wildcats have cracked the national polls four times, including the end of the 2015 season.
Overall Record as women's coach (after 2018 season) - 158-34-9; 10-9 as men's coach in 2009.
State Titles - 2009, 2012, 2014, 2015
South State Titles - 2009, 2011, 2015
MACJC Coach of the Year - 2009 , 2012, 2014, 2015
Region 23 Coach of the Year - 2012, 2014, 2015
MSA Coach of the Year - 2009 - 2012, 2014, 2015