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Pirates retire Don Hanson’s #28

Former Pirates head baseball coach Don Hanson was honored at the Pirates March 27 game as his #28 jersey was retired. A large jersey cutout was placed on the outfield fence at ‘The Jack,’ Jack Pilkenton Field.

Last year, after 20 years of coaching Pirates baseball, coach Hanson announced his retirement. In addition to earning two AAA State Championship titles, he was named the 2019 and the 2022 AAA Baseball Coach of the Year. In May 2021, he won his 400th game as baseball coach for the Pirates.

“I have been so blessed to have had the opportunity to coach baseball here at Pike for 20 years. When I started here, I just wanted to represent Pike well. I wanted to leave it better than I found it. I wanted to make it a program that others would respect because we do things the right way. The support from Pike County Schools, our community, parents and players have made this job an absolute joy to be a part of,” said Hanson. “We have the greatest fans in the world here in Pike. Thank you to all our current and former players, current and former coaches, fans, and supporters. I could have not accomplished the career that I have had without you.”

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