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Antonio Calvin stepping down as VHS head baseball coach



Antonio Calvin
Antonio Calvin: Photo by Keith Phillips
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Vicksburg High School baseball head coach Antonio Calvin is leaving the program.

Calvin announced on Monday that he will be stepping down as head coach and will be attending law school.

“This is it for me after 15 years and I’m going back to school for law so I decided to go for it after being accepted to a few universities,” Calvin said.

Calvin, a VHS graduate, came back to coach the Gators in 2018 after head coaching stints at Callaway High School and Greenville High School.

Calvin inherited a losing program but would eventually build a team that would win back-to-back district championships as he finished with a 59-49 head coaching record at VHS.

“I knew it would be an uphill battle because they were only averaging three or four wins a season so I asked the parents to trust me with this rebuild and I told them that we would not break them but we will bend them to what they need to be,” Calvin said.

In the last five years, over 15 players have signed collegiate scholarships under Calvin’s leadership and the Gators are now known baseball team.

Coaching has been a big part of Calvin’s daily routine for years now and he has turned multiple young boys into men through his coaching style.

“Coaching is more about building a person because you find people in different stages of life but the Lord has blessed me with the ability to pour out everything that was poured into me,” Calvin said. My hat goes off to our Principal, Associate Principal, and Athletics Director both James Lewis and Preston Nailor and we were fortunate enough to enough to inherit a good crop of tournament ball players because a lot of the played for the Vicksburg Express.”

Calvin has now coached his final game for VHS as they fell short in the second round against Lake Cormorant last week.

The Gator baseball program is in a much better position than it was before Calvin’s arrival in 2018 and he has become the true definition of a great leader.

Calvin has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in sociology(minor in Spanish)from Jackson State University and an agricultural degree from Alcorn. He will now be pursuing a law degree and VDN wishes him the best.

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