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WC’s Randy Broome named as the VDN Baseball Coach of the Year

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Randy Broome: Photo by Keith Phillips

Warren Central High School’s Randy Broome has been named the 2023 VDN Baseball Coach of the Year.

Broome led the Vikings to a 17-11 season this year, along with a well-earned district title.

“It was a good run, and we accomplished some goals, especially winning the district. We got put out by a hot Gulfport team, but it happens, and to be in that mix and have that opportunity was something special,” Broome said.

WC started their season off with a big win over Germantown, which was just one of many victories they would pull off.

“They saw early on in the year that we could be competitive, and when we started beating those teams early, it really sparked something,” said Broome.

As the Vikings continued to pull in wins, they would soon shock No. 3 Northwest Rankin not once but twice to claim the district title for the first time since 2016.

“They have some pretty talented ball players, and anytime you can beat them twice, you know you’re doing something right,” Broome added.

Just a year ago, WC went 3-6 in district play, and now they complete a great season where they went 7-1 in the district under Broome’s leadership.

Although they had plans to win it all, the Vikings fell short in the second round against Gulfport, which ended their turnaround season.

“Our goal was to win it all, but that second round has been our nemesis. But our goals still won’t change, and we have some good guys coming up, and everyone wants to finish on top, and we’re creeping towards that,” Broome added.

WC graduated nine seniors in 2023, where players Kylan Landers, Blake Channell, and Seth Sterling all signed scholarships to play at the next level.

Broome’s dedication and ability to turn around his program are what led to him winning this award.

“It’s humbling, and I’m very appreciative, but when it comes to personal awards, there are so many other people involved that need to be recognized, like the players and parents, along with the assistant coaches because without those three pieces, I’m a nobody,” Broome said.

Coaching the team took away a lot of family time from Broome, so he happily thanked his family for being by his side throughout the process.

“Missy (Broome’s wife) has always been supportive, even in college when she cheered, and they probably practiced more than we did, so she understands the time and the energy, as well as the kids. They want the best for me, and fortunately, I married someone who gets it, so that’s always a blessing,” Broome said.

Broome is the third coach to be named the VDN Coach of the Year.

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