Hill Denson

High School Career

Bay Springs High School, Bay Springs, MS (1959-1962)


College Career

Jones Junior College, Ellisvile, MS (1962-1964)

• Two-year lettermen basketball

University of Southern Mississippi (1964-1966)

• Two-year letterman baseball

• Earned Chemistry Degree


Professional Career

Overall Career Coaching Record All Levels: 1083-717-2

• Head baseball coach, Chamberlain Hunt Acad. Port Gibson, MS (1966-1968)

• Assistant baseball coach, Manhattan Academy, Jackson, MS (1969-1970)

• Head baseball coach, Callaway High School, Jackson, MS (1971-1981)

• State baseball champions (1981)

• Coach of the Year (1981)

• Volunteer assistant baseball coach, Vanderbilt (1982)

• Director Game Promotions minor league Nashville Sounds (1982-1983)

Head Baseball Coach, USM, Hattiesburg, MS (1984-1997)

• Career Record 468-386-2

• 12 consecutive winning seasons (1986-1997)

• Ten 30-win seasons

• Two 40-win seasons

• School record 42 wins (1990)

• First ever NCAA regional appearances (1990-1991)

• Metro Conference Coach of the Year (1989-1990)

• Metro Conference Co-Champions (1991-1995)

• Eight USM players named All American

• 21 players named All Metro Conference

• 35 Southern Miss players signed pro baseball contracts

• Coached first Golden Eagle (John Bale) to U.S. Olympic Trials

Head Baseball Coach Belhaven College, Jackson, MS (2001-present)

• Led Belhaven to first-ever NAIA World Series berth in 2010


Special Recognition

• USM Stadium name change to Hill Denson Field at Pete Taylor Park (1999)

• Mississippi Semi-Pro Baseball Hall of Fame (1982)

• USM Athletic Hall of Fame (1990)

• Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame (2008)


Did You Know?

Under Denson, USM was eleventh nationally in major college baseball attendance in 1995 & 1996 averaging 2,040 fans per game. Hill said the experience he gained in promotions with the minor league Nashville Sounds prior to taking the USM job was invaluable in increasing attendance. Managed professional, Independent League Jackson Senators in 2005. His wife, Judy Moon Denson, was a long-time fixture on Mississippi television.