High School Sports

Pascagoula hires girls basketball, soccer coaches

Photo courtesy PineBeltSports.com 
 Former Petal coach Crisla Herchenhahn has taken over the girls basketball program at Pascagoula.
Photo courtesy PineBeltSports.com Former Petal coach Crisla Herchenhahn has taken over the girls basketball program at Pascagoula.

Pascagoula High School will have new coaches for its girls basketball and girls soccer programs this year.

Former Petal coach Crisla Herchenhahn has been hired to take over the basketball program and former Pascagoula star Jeana Gilbert Delancey will lead the Lady Panthers on the soccer field.

Delancey, who has been working as a teacher in the Pascagoula-Gautier School District, played soccer at William Carey in Hattiesburg after graduating from Pascagoula in 2009.

Delancey replaces Neil Scott, who is now the head girls coach at Long Beach.

While Delancey is taking on her first coaching job, Herchenhahn is making her fourth stop as a head coach. She's led programs at Petal, Oak Grove and Pass Christian. She also served as an assistant at Wayne County.

"She's the total package as far as relating to her kids," athletic director Greg Freeman said of Herchenhahn. "She's just going to do a fine job."

Herchenhahn takes over for Carolyn Whitehead, who stepped down after a 23-8 season during the 2015-16 season.

"I've always thought Pascagoula could be a special place for basketball," she said. "The boys have been successful for years on the Coast. I felt like the girls cold be as well.

"They're real athletic. They've had a bunch of success in the past. They've just been able to push it over the top. I like the challenge of it. It's a challenge for myself and the program to be the team off the Coast that makes regularly makes those trips (to Jackson.)"

Herchenhahn inherits a team that includes senior guard Jailin Cherry, who has drawn interest from programs like Georgia and Florida.

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