Coolidge Ball

High School Career

Gentry High School, Indianola, MS (1967-1970)

• All-Southern, All-State Basketball (’70)

• All Delta Athletic Conference (1968-1970)

• Scored 1800 Career Points

• All State Track in Mile (’70)

• Served as Art Editor for school newspaper


College Career

University of Mississippi (1971-1974)

• First African American scholarship athlete (August 26, 1970)

• Career totals: Rebounds – 754 (5th in school history); Scoring – 1072 (17th in school history)

• All-SEC UPI Third Team (1972-1974)

• All-SEC AP Second Team (’73)

• All-SEC Sophomore Team (’72)

• All-SEC Freshman Team (’71)

• Three-Team MVP (1972-1974)

• Team Co-Captain (’73); Team Captain (’74)

• Pizza Hut Basketball Classic East-West All Star Game (’74)

• Named one of top 128 college seniors (’74)


Professional Career

• Hamilton Generals, Semi-Pro Player Intl. Basketball Assoc. (1974-1975)

• Northwest Comm. College, Assistant Coach, Senatobia, MS (1976-1979)


Special Recognition

• Name SEC Basketball Legand (’05)

• Image on logo celebrating 35 years of African Americans in Ole Miss Athletics (’05)

• “M” Club Board of Directors member

• Ole Miss Alumni Association Board of Directors

• President of Ole Miss Tip-Off Club

• Ole Miss Distinguished Achievement Award


Hall of Fame Memberships

• Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame (2008)

• Ole Miss Hall of Fame (1991)


Did You Know?

Coolidge gave serious thought to following fellow Indianola, MS product Sam Lacey to New Mexico State. During Ball’s senior year in high school, Lacey helped the Aggies to a third place national finish and signed a big NBA contract. Ball spent the summer after high school at New Mexico State but came back in late summer to sign his national letter of intent with Ole Miss.