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Broome named VDN’s 2024 Baseball Coach of the Year

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Randy Broome: Photo by Alvin Coleman

It has been 23 years since Randy Broome last coached in a championship game as an assistant. In 2024, he stood as the leader of the Vikings’ baseball program where they made it to the championship series. Broome has now been named the 2024 VDN Baseball Coach of the Year.

Under Broome’s guidance, Warren Central achieved the unexpected by plowing through the playoffs and defeating every opponent in their path until reaching the championship series. They concluded the season with a 19-15 record.

“We had a tremendous season, thanks to the amazing kids and coaching staff,” Broome said. “While our ultimate goal was to secure a state championship, overall, it was a fantastic year, and I am proud of the boys for giving their all.”

The Vikings had a slow start, losing their first four games of the season. However, after a crucial victory over Pearl, they embarked on an eight-game winning streak. Despite the rocky beginning, Broome had faith that his team would find success.

“We kept our players healthy, which was a key factor, and we performed well, competing with every team we faced,” Broome added.

The Vikings’ first major achievement was securing a playoff spot, followed by clinching the District Championship for the second consecutive year. Moving on from the District, the Vikings swiftly defeated Center Hill to claim the North State Championship.

For the first time in his coaching career, Broome led his team to the state championship in Pearl.

“Every year, our goal is to reach the state championship, and with the incredible support we had, we made it happen this time,” Broome mentioned. “Our tough schedule forced us to consistently show up and perform, preparing us for this moment, and the playoff run was truly remarkable to witness.”

The Vikings fell short of the state title by two games, as they suffered two 3-2 losses to George County in the championship series. While the record books may not display a championship next to the Vikings’ name, the team proudly represented the city of Vicksburg well. Broome and his coaching staff successfully transformed a group of boys into young men.

This marks Broome’s second consecutive year winning the award, a testament to his exceptional coaching.

“I’m not one to focus on individual awards, as this was truly a team effort, and the assistant coaches played a huge role. It’s an honor, but it’s not about Randy Broome; it’s about the collective effort of the team,” Broome humbly expressed.

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