Presbyterian Christian School announced two new coaching hires as Drew Smith was announced as the head coach for girl’s basketball and Harry Blakeney was hired as head coach for softball.
The following are statements from a press release sent by the school to media.
Coach Smith is a PCS alumnus and former assistant to long-time PCS girls basketball Coach Missy Bilderback. Following Smith’s four years as an assistant coach at PCS, he became the Head Boys’ Basketball Coach at Lamar Christian School in Purvis with a compiled 72-28 record, won district titles, and helped guide the program to the Overall Basketball Tournament for the first time in school history.
Following his time at LCS, Smith led as the Head Girls Basketball Coach at Parklane Academy with a record of 27-9 in his first season and brought them to the program’s first Overall Tournament Final Four appearance in 14 years. Following that season, Smith assumed the responsibilities of Head Coach for the Parklane Boys team, as well. In that season, Smith guided the girl’s team to its first State Championship game appearance in 15 years, brought the girls team to their second consecutive Overall Tournament appearance, led the boy’s team for an appearance in the Overall Basketball Tournament Final Four, and finished the boy’s team season with a 24-10 record.
Following a successful stint at Parklane, Smith once again became Missy Bilderback’s assistant-this time at Jones College. In his one season at Jones, Smith helped Bilderback guide the team to a 28-3 record, MACJC state title, Region 23 championship, and an NJCAA Sweet 16 appearance in Lubbock, TX.
Smith comes to PCS after one season as the head coach of the girl’s basketball program at East Rankin Academy. Smith has an overall win/loss record of 161-79.
“I’m beyond excited to be back at PCS. I’m home. No one wants to see this program succeed more than me, and I can’t wait to get that process started with the young ladies in this program. I have the privilege of working with family members, former teachers, and old friends. God has blessed me throughout my coaching career and life, and He continues to do so by bringing me back home,” said Smith.
“On behalf of the entire PCS Family, we want to welcome Coach Drew Smith back home. His passion for the sport of basketball, for godly leadership, and successful track record is exactly what we need to bring our Lady Bobcats to the next level. This is an absolute slam dunk for our school and our Athletic Department and we are beyond thrilled,” said PCS Athletic Director Rob Shillito.
Coach Blakeney is a graduate of Taylorsville High School and Jones County Junior College. He is married to Susan Blakeney and they share one daughter, Carlee Blakeney.
Coach Blakeney is a member of the Mississippi Army National Guard and is employed by the United States Department of Defense.
Blakeney has served as the assistant softball coach at PCS for the last two and a half years.
“I am greatly honored and look forward to developing the softball program at PCS. I have high hopes and high expectations for my players and this program, and we won’t stop until we get the job done. I’m excited to be a part of this new role in this very special PCS Family. Go Bobcats,” said Blakeney.
“Our softball program is blessed to call up Coach Blakeney to help lead our girls on the diamond, but also in life. That is one of the special things about PCS that I know from experience is not universally true— we strive for excellence in everything we do from academics to athletics and everything in between, but the ‘good stuff’ happens when our coaches enter the lives of their student-athletes, walk alongside them in the good and the bad, and all the while point them to Jesus. Coach Blakeney is a Grand Slam for PCS Softball, and I greatly look forward to how he brings this program to the next level,” said Shillito on coach Blakeney.