Leigh White - Head Coach
Leigh White is entering her 15th season as head coach of the Lady Wildcats softball team. During her tenure, she has posted a record of 293-238, guiding her team to its only MACJC state championship in 2010. She is currently working on a streak of nine consecutive MACJC State Tournament berths.
White graduated from Quitman High in 1995 where she was a standout softball, basketball, and tennis player. After graduation, she signed on with Jones County Junior College, where she was an All-MACJC performer at third base. The Lady Bobcats won MACJC state titles in 1996 and 1997, including and a Region 23 championship in 1996 and a berth in the NJCAA National Tournament. After graduating from JCJC, she headed to Southern Wesleyan University in South Carolina where she spent three years, including a redshirt season in 1998. SWU won the Southern States Athletic Conference title her junior year and went on to finish third in the NCAA regionals.
After earning her B.S. degree in physical education and therapeutic recreation, White wound up at Mississippi Gulf Coast, where she served as a graduate assistant in 2000. White arrived at The River in 2001 and served as an assistant coach under then head coach Laurie Neelis through 2002, before succeeding her as head coach in 2003. White guided PRCC to a MACJC Region 23 Tournament berth her second year at the helm, and the Lady ’Cats finished fourth. In 2008, her squad finished third in the MACJC State Tournament and captured the runner-up spot to champion MGCCC in the Region 23 event. White also holds a M.S. degree in sports administration from the University of Southern Mississippi.
Kirsten Bales is entering her third season as an assistant coach for the Lady Wildcats. Perry is a 2007 graduate of Sumrall High, where she played softball and basketball. As a senior, she batted .422 and was named team Most Valuable Player and Defensive Player of the Year. She was a first-team all-district for four seasons in both softball and basketball. She is still the all-time career leader in stolen bases at Sumrall.
After high school, Perry attended Jones County Junior College, where she was a member of the softball team in 2008 and 2009 and earned an associated degree in the arts. During her time at JCJC, she was a Dean’s List student and Softball Player of the Year in 2008. She continued her career at Southern Miss, playing for the Lady Eagles as an outfielder in 2010 and 2011. She was named to the Conference USA Commissioners Honor Roll and the Athletic Directors Honor Roll throughout her career at USM. She graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science degree in sports coaching education and earned her master's degree in sports administration from USM in May, 2016. She is married to former Southern Miss baseball standout Jared Bales and they are expecting their first child in December.
Rachel Breland is the newest member of the Lady Wildcats coaching staff, having joined the staff in 2015. Breland graduated from Poplarville High in 2011, where she played for the Lady Hornets. After a redshirt season in 2012, she was a member of the Lady Wildcats in 2013 and 2014, playing in the infield. She served as a student assistant during the 2015 season.