KOSSUTH — Garrison Lathrop is coming home.
The 2015 Kossuth High School graduate was named the Aggies new head baseball coach this week following the recent resignation of Daniel Threadgill. Lathrop played for Threadgill, winning two state 3A championships and playing for a third during his four-year varsity career.
He was named the 3A Pitcher of the Year during his senior season, while also playing second base.
“Garrison is a great young man that I believe will do very well for Kossuth,” said Threadgill. “He is smart and knows the game of baseball. He was the kind of player that would do everything we asked of him. He came through in some big games, especially during his final year, including filling in time at second.”
The new KHS skipper played for East Mississippi Community College following his prep career where he pitched for the Lions. He has spent the last five years as an assistant to Head Coach Daniel Rowsey at Biggersville High School, also serving the past two seasons as the wide receivers/defensive backs coach for the Lions football team.
“Biggersville is a great place, a great community that I have loved being part of the last few years,” he said. “But when the Kossuth job came open I knew I wanted to be a head coach so I applied and it just worked out for me.”
He added, “Kossuth is home. It’s where I played sports and graduated and it’s also where my family went to school. In fact, my younger brother Payton is a sophomore there now.”
Lathrop will have plenty of talent to work with as the Aggies new head coach and will have a sophomore and freshman laden squad lined up for the 2022 season.
“If I’m counting right, we will have only two seniors and three juniors,” said the new coach. “We will have a sophomore-heavy class next season. I look forward to leading the Kossuth program and keep the winning tradition going strong.
“The Kossuth community really supports their athletic programs and the atmosphere is incredible. I look forward to coaching at a state baseball contender that also happens to be my alma mater.”
Lathrop, 24, is married to Kalee, a Tishomingo County grad, and the couple welcomed their first child – a son named Nolan – one month ago.
“He has that name for a reason,” said the KHS baseball coach. “I’m a huge Nolan Ryan fan.”
The Aggies finished the 2021 season with an overall 19-12 record, including a 7-3 mark inside Region 1-3A.