Charles Rowan Rugg

Born: August 24, 1931

Hometown: Farmerville, LA

 Year of Induction: 2005


High School Career

Farmerville High School, Farmerville, LA


College Career

Louisiana Tech, Ruston, LA (1950-1954, 1961)
University of Colorado, Boulder, CO (1956)
LSU, Baton Rouge, LA (1958)


Career as a Player

• Signed professional baseball contract with Brooklyn Dodgers

– Minor league baseball, D league, in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Wisconsin State League (1949)

• Brooklyn Dodgers split squad spring training

– Greenwood, MS franchise in Cotton States League

– Pitching record of 7 wins including rare twin wins in doubleheader

– Suffered Back Injury while throwing a perfect game for 7 and 2/3 innings in Monroe, LA, ending professional athletic career (1950)

• Manager & pitcher for the Homer Oilers in Big Eight League (1951-1958)


Professional Career

• Director of Summer Activities, Homer, LA (1952-1954)

• Head basketball & baseball coach, Athens High School, Athens, LA (1954-1956)

• Assistant football coach under MSHOF member Jack Carlisle at Jackson Murrah High School, Jackson, MS

– Coached basketball, football, baseball & golf for the Mustangs (1956-1962)

– Helped lead Murrah football team to City of Jackson title and North Big 8 crown

• Athletic Director, head basketball & tennis coach, Belhaven College, Jackson, MS; Associate Professor of History & Health (1962-1995)

– NAIA District Basketball Coach of the year in ‘70, ’71, ‘72, ’77, & ‘78

– NAIA District and conference Tennis Coach of the Year for 15 consecutive years as voted by his coaching peers

– 1983 NAIA National Tennis Championship

– Basketball arena at Belhaven College named in his honor as the Charles R. Rugg Arena on October 27, 2001.

– Founding Father of Gulf Coast Athletic Conference


Hall of Fame Memberships

• Belhaven College Athletic Hall of Fame Charter Member (1993)

• NAIA National Sports Hall of Fame (1996)

• Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame (2005)


Did You Know?

Coach Rugg was a major league pitching prospect who played with MLB Hall of Famers Jackie Robinson, Pee Wee Reese, Duke Snider, Gil Hodges, and Roy Campanella in Brooklyn Dodger Spring Training in 1950.

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