Hattiesburg – P360 Performance Sports announced today that Larry Knight, one of the most accomplished high school baseball coaches in the state of Mississippi, has joined the management staff in the P360 baseball and softball training facility in Hattiesburg. “To have Coach Knight join our excellent team in Hattiesburg to represent our brand and develop Sox players is a big win for baseball”, said Chris Snopek, founder of P360 Performance Sports. “we welcome Larry to help lead the growth in Hattiesburg and strengthen SBG Sox players everywhere.”
Knight will team up with P360 partner Drew Mattison in the continued development of the team and player development in Hattiesburg. “Coach Knight’s success in developing players is well known in Mississippi”, stated Mattison. “Having him join us is a blessing for players of all ages as we continue to grow. I couldn’t be more excited to get the chance to work with him.”
Larry Knight coached high school baseball for 27 years at Hattiesburg and Sumrall high schools, compiling a record of 695-202 (.773 winning percentage). Coach Knight’s teams reached the South State Championship 18 times, advancing to the State Championship 15 times, winning 10 State Championships between 1994-2020. His first ring was as an assistant at Petal (1991-1993) before winning four championships at Hattiesburg High School (1994-2006). Leading the Sumrall baseball team from 2007-2020, he added five more championships to his resume, including four consecutive rings from 2008-2011.
The 2009 team started an amazing run for Sumrall, finishing the season as only the second undefeated team in the state at 36-0. This team would put together a state record 67 consecutive wins from 2009-2011 and finished #1 in the Max Prep National Rankings. The 2010 championship team ended the season as Mississippi’s first #1 nationally ranked team in the USA Today rankings – and Coach Knight was named the USA Today National Coach of the Year.
Coach Knight served as a graduate assistant for William Carey University for two seasons, and the Associate Head Coach and Pitching Coach last season at Jones College. For the season, the Jones College pitching staff led the MACCC league in strikeouts, strikeout to walk ratio, and strikeouts per nine innings. The team finished third in the league in ERA as five pitchers from the staff moved on to NCAA Division I baseball teams. Over 100 players have advanced to college baseball under Coach Knight’s leadership, with 19 advancing to professional baseball, including four major leaguers.
Knight will provide leadership in SBG Sox youth and High School Showcase team development. He will oversee the Player Development Programs for the facility, with former professional players Scott Copeland and Luke Reynolds directing Pitching and Hitting Programs, respectively. “Baseball has been my life for a long time. Developing teams and working with young players as they learn the game is a privilege, and I am looking forward to working with the best staff around to help these players be the best they can be.”
P360 Performance Sports is a comprehensive Baseball and Softball Training Center with locations in Hattiesburg, Jackson, Pearl, and Auburn AL. SBG Sox Baseball and SSG Sox Softball are youth programs for players to develop their skills while playing on teams and training in the P360 facilities. SBG Sox High School Showcase Baseball teams are high level showcase teams with players predominantly from high schools in the state of Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana.
To contact Larry Knight email Larry.Knight@sbgsox.com