Jackson County

Pascagoula girls basketball coach to retire

Carolyn Whitehead
Carolyn Whitehead

Pascagoula girls basketball coach Carolyn Whitehead has decided to retire from coaching.

Whitehead informed the school of her decision after Easter, bringing her coaching career to a close after almost 30 years.

"It was a culmination of a lot of different things," Whitehead said of her decision. "I decided it was just time for a change, time for something else. Am I going to miss it? Probably. I'll do something else. I just don't know what that it is yet. It's almost exciting in not knowing. Something will open up. I just prayed about it a lot and just rolled it around."

Whitehead served as the Pascagoula girls coach for two seasons after making the move from Tylertown. She also served as a coach at Vancleave, McComb, Columbia and in Los Angeles.

Her final day on the job will be May 27.

Pascagoula has already posted the job opening on its website.

Whitehead leaves behind a talented team, including rising senior Jailin Cherry, who averaged 14 points, 19 rebounds, six assists and five steals last season.

Whitehead said her players handled the news well.

"At first they were upset," she said. "Once I explained everything to them and how I was thinking, I think they understood. There will always been that one group, that last group of seniors. They understood. It's not I'm leaving to coach somewhere else where I'll be coaching against them. I explained myself and all my reasons.

"They're going to be fine. They're going to find somebody, I'm sure. We're still working hard and preparing. I told them that I'm not going to let them shut down. They've got a summer to go through."

Pascagoula went a combined 36-23 in Whitehead's two years at the school.