Bert Pickard informed Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College's administration Monday he plans to step down as MGCCC Dean of Athletics to pursue a position on the Coast in the private sector.
Gulf Coast confirmed Wednesday Pickard is leaving to take an administrative job at Memorial Hospital at Gulfport.
Pickard, a MGCCC alum, took over for Ladd Taylor as AD on Sept. 11, 2014 after serving as a financial officer for multiple hospitals in North Mississippi.
Pickard, a St. Martin native, was a baseball standout at Gulf Coast from 2002-03 and, after helping to lead Delta State to the 2004 NCAA D-II National Title, played several years of minor league baseball.
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Gulf Coast plans to move forward immediately to find Pickard's replacement.