BREAKING: Bobby Howard Steps Down as Central Head Coach


Bobby Howard has stepped down as head baseball coach at Central High School after a two years.

The decision was made Wednesday afternoon, just over three weeks after the Red Devils season came to an end against Theodore in the AHSAA 7A state playoffs.

Howard told WLTZ he simply felt it was “time for a new and different voice.”

Central High School officials released the following statement:

  • Central High School is very appreciative of the time that Coach Howard was our varsity baseball coach.  He instilled a tremendous amount of values and work ethic into our student athletes.  The on the field accomplishments of winning an area championship and going to the playoffs back-to-back years for the first time in over ten years is second only to his commitment to developing quality young men for life.  We wish him the best of luck and celebrate having been a part of a tremendous career.  

    Central High School baseball is in tremendous shape for the next head coach to come in and continue to be successful.  We should have someone in place by the end of next week in order to facilitate summer practices.

Prior to his two seasons at Central, Howard previously spent 31 seasons at Columbus High School, winning 12 state championships and amassing 819 total wins.

During his time at CHS he won several awards including the ESPN High School Coach of the Year in 2012 and the Diamond Baseball National Coach of the Year in 2000.

In January of 2017 he was elected to the National High School Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

Stay tuned to WLTZ First News Sports for more on this breaking story.


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