James Michael “Mike” Kinnison


High School Career

Benton Academy (1969-1973)

• Four-year starter and letterman in baseball


College Career

Holmes Community College (1973-1975)
Delta State University (1977-1978)

• Two-year starter at shortstop

• ACBA 2nd team All American (’78)

• All Gulf South Conference (’78)

• All-South & South Regional Team (’78)


Coaching Career

Lee Academy, Head baseball coach (1979-1981)
Jackson Prep, Head baseball coach (1982-1992)

• MPSA Class AAA state championships (’82, ‘90, ‘91)

• Clarion Ledger Metro Coach of the Year (’87)

Delta State University, Head baseball coach (1997-Time of Induction)

• College coaching record of 590-166 (78% winning percentage)

• NCAA Division 2 National Championship (’04)

• ABCA National Coach of the Year (’04)

• Four NCAA Division 2 College World Series appearances

• 4 Gulf South Conference Championships (’00, ‘04, ‘05, ‘08)

• 10 Gulf South Western Division Championships (’97-’06, ‘08)

• 3 NCAA South Regional Titles

• Nine NCAA South Regional appearances (’99-’05, ‘07-’08)

• ABCA NCAA South Central Region Coach of the Year (’03)

• Two-time Gulf South Conference Coach of the Year

• Two Rawlings ABCA National Players of the Year: Dee Haynes (’00) and Jud Thigpen (’04)

• 21 ABCA All American players


Special Recognition and Honors

• Dave “Boo” Ferriss Influence Award presented by FCA (2007)

• Delta State Outstanding Alumnus (2004)

• Delta State University Alumni Coaches Hall of Fame (2004)

• Crossroads Diamond Club Hall of Fame (2004)

• Jackson Clarion Ledger Baseball Coach of the Year (2002)

• Delta State Athletic Hall of Fame (2002)


Did You Know?

Mike Kinnison is an accomplished mathematician who serves as a math instructor at Delta State while coaching baseball. He involves his players in every facet of the DSU baseball program including routine maintenance of the field conditions at Ferriss Field.

Delta State’s 2004 Division II national championship was the first ever national title in college baseball won by a Mississippi college or university.

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