Lindy Gene Thomas Callahan

High School Career

Meridian High School (1945-1948)

• Multi-sport letterman (Football, track, boxing)

• All Big 8 football


College Career

Ole Miss (1948-1953)

• Lettered three years in football, two years in baseball

William Carey College – M.A. Degree (1977)

University of Southern Mississippi, Specialist Degree (1978)


Professional Career

• Played baseball in the Cotton States League and Alabama/Florida League (1951-1953)


Coaching Career

Gulfport High School (1953-1966)

• Assistant football and basketball coach, head baseball coach (’53)

• Athletic Director, head football coach, head baseball coach (1955-1965)

• Assistant Coach, Mississippi High School All Star football game (’57)

• President, Mississippi Association of Coaches (1960-1961)

• Head Coach, Mississippi High School All Star gootball game (’61)

• South Mississippi High School baseball champions (’62)

• Football State Champions (’63, ‘64)

• Big 8 Coach of the Year (’64)

• Big 8 Championship Game (’64, ‘65)



• Gulfport High School Athletic Director (1955-1992)


Honors and Hall of Fame Memberships

• Distinguished American Award, National Football Foundation & Hall of Fame (1979)

• Mississippi Association of Coaches Hall of Fame (1979)

• National Interscholastic Athletic Administration Association Distinguished Service Award (1984)

• National Athletic Director of the Year, National High School Athletic Director Federation (1986)

• National Federation of High Schools Citation Award (1986)

• National Federation of High Schools Hall of Fame (1995)

• National Council of Secondary School Athletic Directors Presidential Hall of Fame (1996)

• Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame (2004)


Did You Know?

Lindy Gene Thomas Callahan was named in honor of Charles Lindbergh’s solo transatlantic flight and Gene Tunney’s heavyweight title victory, both of which occurred in the year of his birth (1927). The weight room at Gulfport High School and the football playing field in Joseph W. Milner Stadium are named in honor of Lindy Callahan.