Under Avalon’s guidance, the Trojans were consistently among the best in the state and in the nation in team grade-point average, finishing either first or second in the MACJC for all five years of his tenure.
He also raised more than $200,000 for the MDCC program, resulting in a number of significant upgrades to the facility on the Moorhead campus. Through 2015, he has sent 36 players to four-year programs, including 12 Division I players.
Avalon, 34, is a native of Jackson and played high school ball as a pitcher for Tommy Groves at Forest Hill High School.
He played two seasons at Holmes Community College (2001-02) and was a second team All-State selection as a sophomore. He was named to the HCC Sports Hall of Fame in 2015.
After leaving Holmes, Avalon spent a year at Lincoln Memorial University (Tenn.), then completed his playing career in 2004 at West Alabama. He served two seasons as graduate assistant at UWA, helping the Tigers reach the NCAA Division II regionals both seasons. West Alabama was Gulf South Conference champion in 2005 and GSC runners-up in 2006.
While at East Central, he helped the Warriors to the MACJC championship in 2007, and three appearances in the NHCAA Region 23 Tournament.
His overall coaching record at Mississippi Delta was 115-111 and 69-61 in conference play.
Avalon is married to the former Kayla Brooke of Kosciusko, Miss., and they have two sons, Brooks (7) and Tucker (5), and a daughter, Harper (4).