The Meridian Community College golf program is led by second-year coach Ronnie Key. Key has been involved in local sports in the Meridian area and his son, Easton, previously played on the golf team at MCC.
“I have coached extensively on both the junior college and high school levels,” Key said, “but I really began to focus on golf when that became my son, Easton’s, big interest. Having the opportunity to lead a program with a history of success like MCC’s is a dream come true for me. I plan on being with MCC for the long haul and doing all that I can to run an outstanding program, meaning recruiting players who win in the classroom and win on the golf course – with our priorities being exactly in that order.”
Key has previously worked as head baseball coach at Northeast Mississippi Community College from 1984 to 1991, a stint that saw him record winning seasons every year after his initial campaign. He has been on the Lamar staff for the past 20 years and coached the baseball team for 14 years before taking up his golf coaching career. He was also a standout college athlete himself at Corinth High School then NE Mississippi, where he made the All-State junior college teams in both football and baseball.
Key has served as head golf coach at Lamar for two years and associate golf coach for another four year. During that time, Lamar posted five consecutive state championships. Key has also served on the Mississippi Junior Golf Association Board of Directors.
Beyond coaching, Key is actively involved in his church (15th Avenue Baptist) as a deacon and Sunday School teacher. He is married to Leigh Ann Key, and they have two sons, Easton and Casey.