Graves County High School has named its new baseball head coach.

Former McCracken County junior varsity head coach Josh Byrd will take over as head coach of the Eagles following Khristain Elliott’s one-year stint this spring.

Byrd graduated from Lone Oak High School where he played both baseball and basketball, lettering all four years in both sports.

Byrd played for Kentucky Hall of Fame coaches Jim Mizell and Geno Miller.

Byrd attended Mid-Continent University where he played baseball and graduated with a

degree in Elementary Education. He has also completed his Master’s degree from Georgetown

University in Moderate and Severe Disabilities.

After college, Byrd taught three years at Morgan Elementary as a third grade teacher and

has spent the last four years teaching moderate and severe disabilities at Paducah Tilghman

High School and most recently McCracken County High School.

Byrd has spent the last three seasons as the head JV coach at McCracken County High

School under coach Zach Hobbs where he was also active in coaching both the seventh and eighth grade baseball teams.

Byrd was also a varsity assistant coach under coach Chris Johnson at Paducah Tilghman.

Coach Byrd is married to his wife Hailey Byrd and they are blessed to have a three-year-old daughter, Lovie Kate Byrd.

“I am excited to be a part of the Graves County school system,” Byrd said. “I look forward to continuing winning baseball at Graves County High School and building a tough-minded and competitive culture that excites the Graves County community.”