Redan’s Marvin Pruitt makes history with 500th win

Redan High School principal Greg Goodwin (left) presents Redan baseball coach Marvin Pruitt with a cake in honor of his 500th career victory.

Redan High School baseball coach Marvin Pruitt reached an historic milestone April 1 as the veteran skipper won his 500th game.

Pruitt became the first DeKalb County baseball coach to reach the feat after Redan beat Banneker 14-0. Pruitt joins former Columbia High School basketball coach Phil McCrary as the only coaches in DeKalb with 500 victories.

Along with the 500 victories, Pruitt won a state championship last season, led Redan to two other state Final Four berths in 2003 and 2010 and led Lakeside to its only state semifinal appearance in school history in his inaugural season as a head coach in 1983.

Pruitt has taken Redan to the state playoffs in 12 of his 13 seasons prior to this year. The Raiders missed out in 2009 as they went 13-13 in Pruitt’s only non-winning season at the school (2001-2014). As of April 1, Pruitt has a 281-116-3 record at Redan.

He went 71-34 during his four years at Lakeside with the one playoff appearance, and he compiled a 53-28-1 record and one playoff appearance in three seasons at Southwest DeKalb High School.

Pruitt’s other accomplishments include starting the Stephenson High School program in 1997, where he went 34-60-2 in four seasons. His only non-DeKalb coaching stint was at Rockdale County High School from 1987-1992 where he went 61-91 in six seasons.

His coaching career includes 31 years in the dugout since 1983 with the 1996 season being his only non-coaching season.

Pruitt will retire after this season. Last season, he had to watch Redan’s championship run from the stands and not his usual spot in the dugout due to health issues. Pruitt said in January that he came back for his 35th season because he “missed being in the dugout most of the season last year and on a personal note I am 12 games away from 500 career wins,” he said. “That’s a milestone I would like to meet.”

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  1. Dekalb Baseball Fan says:

    Great Coach, and an even “Better Man”.

    Congrats Coach Pruitt & Happy Trails!

    BB & Family

  2. Darrin Morris says:

    I learned a lot from Coach Marvin Pruitt, not only about sports but about life. I was his only African American baseball player from 1980- 1984. He taught me a lot about diversity and succeeding in life no matter what the situation is. Thanks Coach Pruitt for all you’ve done for me and others in DeKalb County. Darrin Morris

  3. Congratulations Coach Pruitt! You were always highly admired by the students at LHS! You were always fair and always had a smile for everyone! Of all the years gone by I still think of you and what a great role model you were for us!
    I wish nothing but the best for you and yours, Pam Stokes Foreback c/o87

  4. Paige Vanzyl says:

    Coach Pruitt…I remember you always being a positive role model to those who were fortunate enough to be around you. You always have a great sense of humor and enthusiasm in teaching. I feel fortunate to have been one of your students back in the 80′s. Thanks for being such an incredible and fun teacher and coach. Paige Cantrell Vanzyl

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