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Sam Temple named as Clinton Baseball head coach

Sam Temple The Clinton Arrows Baseball team will have a new skipper at the helm at the start of the 2021-2022 baseball season.


Coach Sam Temple has been named as the new coach for the Arrows after being approved by the CPSD Board of Trustees during the April 12 board meeting.


“I couldn’t be happier,” Temple said. “I’ve always believed in serving and working where your feet are, and mine are in the Clinton community. Every member of my family is involved in the Clinton Public School District, and now that includes me.”


Temple has coached the Hinds Community College Eagles baseball program for 16 seasons, racking up over 400 wins, three MACJC State Championships, two Region 23 Regional Championships and two NJCAA College World Series appearances.


“We’ll be putting in a lot of hard work,” Temple said. “I’ve always believed in that. Hard work is the key word, both on and off the field. My goal is always to develop good baseball talent but also to build good young men of character.”


Temple, who also was a coach on the 2018 NJCAA National Baseball Team, said he hopes to use his experience to develop a strong culture of success with the Clinton Baseball program at Clinton High School while also focusing on all ages of baseball in Clinton.


“A successful varsity program is dependent on a strong program at the junior high level and even in the younger ages,” Temple said. “I can’t wait to be involved with the Clinton Arrow family, teaching the game and having a role in helping kids fall in love with baseball.”


Coach Temple will finish out his 16th season at Hinds Community College this spring.


Prior to his time at Hinds, Coach Temple was an assistant coach and recruiting director at Mississippi College from 2002-2005.


He was Clinton High School’s head coach for the 2001-2002 season, going 25-8.


From 1996-2001, he was head coach at Warren Central, leading the Vikings to a 2001 5A State Championship with a 36-3 record.