Belhaven Baseball Coach, Hill Denson, will be inducted into the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame during the upcoming August 1 ceremony.
Denson came to Belhaven in 2001 and is in his 8th season as head coach of the Blazers. While at Belhaven, he has tallied a record of 227-194, and won Gulf Coast Athletic Conference championships in 2004, 2006, and 2007. His team has made appearances in the Region XIII tournament three out of the past four seasons, and he was named GCAC Coach of the Year in 2006 and 2007 and Region XIII Coach of the Year in 2007.
Coach Denson has an overall coaching mark of 910-650-2, and a collegiate coaching record of 694-577-2. Prior to arriving at Belhaven, he was head coach at the University of Southern Mississippi, where he compiled a record of 468-386-2. Denson led the Golden Eagles to 12 consecutive winning seasons from 1986 to 1997, which included a school record, 42 wins, in 1990. He also guided USM baseball to its first ever NCAA tournament regional appearance in 1990 and again in 1991. Denson tenure at Southern Miss was so prolific they named the baseball field after him in 2000. The Golden Eagles baseball stadium is Pete Taylor Park, Hill Denson Field.
The Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame, class of 2008 honorees were selected by two separate thirteen-person committees, comprised of representatives from all of the state college and university athletic departments, plus representatives from Mississippi sports associations and clubs, as well as the media.
The 7 p.m. induction is being held at the Hilton in Jackson, and will begin with a reception at 5:30. Tickets for the banquet are on sale for $100.
For more information on the banquet and tickets, call (601) 982-8264.