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Bobby ‘Lil Bobby’ Hughes is not so little anymore as you will see when he steps on the field as the head coach of Marianna High School Bulldog baseball.  Hughes, a 1992 graduate of MHS returns to his alma mater after 15 years of coaching in Alabama high schools.

Following graduation from MHS, Hughes played two years at Chipola College before heading to UAM (University of Auburn Montgomery) where he received his B.S. degree in education.  While at MHS, he was selected as the 1992 Athlete of the Year.  While at Chipola he compiled a 14-7 record and led the Indians to the Panhandle Conference Championship, and finished in the top four in the Florida Junior College State Tournament in 1993.  In 1994, Hughes was selected to the All-Conference team and played in the Florida Junior College All-Star game in 1994.  He was awarded the Chipola College Leadership trophy for his sportsmanship and accomplishments during his two years at the college.  Hughes’ success continued while he was at AUM.  He compiled a 16-7 record, finishing his career in the top three for ERA (earned run average) in AUM history.  Hughes helped lead his team to back-to-back regional appearances finishing in the final four in 1995 and 1996. 

Hughes comes to MHS from Hooper Academy where he has been the head baseball and football coach with the added duties of athletic director at times.  At Hooper, he has had three consecutive seasons of 20+ wins, led his team to reach the quarterfinals in the playoffs for the first time since the 1990s.  While at Hooper, his team also defeated four top ten teams during the season, finished second in AISA with 177 stolen bases, ranking them 8th nationally.  Hughes success did not start when he took over at Hooper.  Over his 15 year coaching career spread between Coosa Valley Academy and Hooper Academy, Hughes has put together an impressive resume.  In 15 years, he has compiled 276 wins which computes to 18.40 wins per year.  He has led teams to five regional championships, two state championships, those being back to back in 2010 and 2011.  Hughes has coached in six all-star games.  He was the Alabama Baseball Coaches Association Coach of the Year for two years back to back, the Shelby County Reporter Coach of the Year in 2011, as well as the Daily Home Coach of the Year in 2011.  The list continues with the Montgomery Advertiser Coach of the Year in 2014, the Montgomery Metro Umpires Association Sportsmanship Award in 2015.  In 2010, Hughes was chosen as the Major League Baseball Envoy Program to Germany in 2010.

Now Hughes is ready to put Marianna baseball on the map with winning seasons and championships.  Hughes is old school, learning from a long line of coaching.  He believes the talent level is here and that with some hard work, dedication, and consistent work ethics, the wins and championships will come.   Hughes says, “First of all I’d like to thank God for this chance to come back.  Most off all, I’m a Bulldog.  I’m looking forward to it.  MHS and Marianna, the community mean a lot to me.  They are part of the reason I am where I am today.   I have been coaching 16 years and it sure doesn’t seem like it.  I know the talent is here, and I am ready to run the program, to get it back winning like it should be.  I was here in the 90’s with Jeff and Jake (Mathis) and the program was solid.  I’ll be here running the summer program starting Monday, going through practices with the team to show them and the coaches how I run practices and my program.”

Chipola athletic director and head baseball coach Jeff Johnson attended the press conference announcing Hughes’ as the head coach for MHS baseball, “I am just proud of Mrs. Brisolara, Hunter (Nolen) and MHS made commitment to bring in a guy who is an experienced head coach and not only that, a guy who is going to be great in the community.  Bobby is a great guy on and off the field, and will bring the community back into Marianna baseball.   I had the privilege of coaching Bobby a few years in high school and I am proud to have him back in our community. He will be a great role model and a great guy for these kids to have as a role model and for them to learn from . 

Bobby is married to Jill, and is the son of Bobby and the late Peggy Hughes.