Though he’s probably most recognizable these days as golf and softball coach at Liberty County High School, Jerome Standard has spent his whole life immersed in local sports.
In fact, Standard’s contributions to athletics — as a player and a coach — span more than 40 years.The lifelong Liberty County resident began his sports career as a youngster at the Liberty County Recreation Department where he played baseball and football. During his early years at the LCRD, Standard won several batting titles and represented the Liberty team in All-Star games.
As a student at Bradwell Institute, Standard lettered all four years in baseball and was the only freshman to start on the school’s baseball team just one season after BI won the state championship.
During his freshman year, Standard hit .6oo in limited action. He posted a .450 batting average his junior year and earned the team’s MVP award his junior and senior years.
Standard was credited for many years by the late coach Albert Rogers as having hit the longest home run in Bradwell history estimated at 450 feet.
After graduating from BI, Standard received a scholarship to play at national junior college powerhouse, Middle Georgia College and later Abraham Baldwin Agriculture College.
After college, Standard brought his passion and knowledge of baseball back to BI, where he coached for seven years. He also coached track at Hinesville Middle School and led the team to an undefeated season.
Standard then went to coach the baseball team at Liberty County High School for six years. He also coached the boys’ golf team for nine years and is credited with starting the girls’ golf program. He’s coached the girls’ team for six years, taking them to one state tournament.
In addition to golf, Standard has been the fast pitch softball coach for the past five years — improving the girls’ record from six wins per season to 13 and earning a berth in the region playoffs.
In addition to his formal coaching at the high school level, Standard for years has given back to the LCRD by offering his coaching ability and focusing on the fundamentals of the game.
Standard is known by many for instilling life lessons and self discipline in his players to help them in all aspects of their lives.
He believes and teaches that, although sports are important, it’s far more important for his players to learn teamwork, leadership and fellowship because those skills will be useful to them off the playing field for the rest of their lives.