Carltan Devan “Corky” Palmer


Born: March 15, 1954

Hometown: Hattiesburg, MS

Year of Induction: 2011

 

High School

Hattiesburg High School, Hattiesburg, MS (1970-1972)

• Earned three letters as baseball catcher

 

College Career

University of Southern Mississippi (1973-1977)

• Starting catcher and letterman all four years

• Team captain (’77)

• Career .274 batting average

 

Coaching Career

Assistant Coach, Newton High School, Newton, MS (1978-1979)

Head baseball coach, Lee High School, Columbus, MS (1979-1982)

• Three consecutive Little 10 Conference titles (1980-1982)

• School record with 21-7 mark

• Shared district title (1980)

Head baseball coach, Columbia High School, Columbia, MS (1983-1984)

• MHSAA South State Champions (’83)

• Overall coaching record in high school: 102-52

Assistant Coach, University of Southern Mississippi (1985-1986)

Head Coach, Meridian Community College, Meridian, MS (1987-1996)

• JUCO coaching record of 409-160

• Six of 10 teams won 40 or more games

• Three appearances in JUCO World Series (’93, ‘94, & ’96)

• Five Miss-Lou Conference titles (’90, ‘91, ’92, ‘94, ’95)

• Three Region 23 tournament appearances (’93, ‘94, & ’96)

• National NJCAA baseball tournament runner-ups (’96)

• National NJCAA baseball tournament third place (’94)

• First Mississippi JUCO to win consecutive Region 23 basebal tournaments (’92, ‘93)

1988 team was ranked 5th in the nation; 1989 squad was ranked 3rd in the nation — highest rankings in school history

• Region 23 Coach of the Year (’92, ‘93, ’94, ‘96)

Head Baseball Coach, University of Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles (1998-2009)

• USM career record 458-281; second best win total in school history

• First USM College World Series appearance (’09)

• No. 8 Final Ranking highest in school history (’09)

• Eight NCAA tournament appearnces including 7 straight berths

• Coached the squad to 8 of the school’s ten NCAA overall appearances

• Six 40-win; eleven 30-win seasons; twelve 20-win seasons

• Coached 11 All-Americans; 10 Freshman All-Americans; and 4 Academic All-Americans

• 19 players were drafted and played progessional baseball

• Coached four Conference USA Scholar-Athletes of the Year

• Conference USA Coach of the Year (’03)

• Assisted in improving Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field

 

Special Recognition and Honors

• Coaching staff American JUCA All-Stars vs. Japan in Tokyo (’96)

• University of Southern Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame (’98)

• University of Southern Mississippi Alumni Assoc. Hall of Fame (’06)

 

Did You Know?

Corky Palmer’s association with Southern MIss spanned four decades as a player, assistant coach, and head baseball coach. His overall career coaching record in high school, community college, and Division1 college was 946-493.





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