Staff & Volunteers

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Bill Blackwell

Executive Director

Bill Blackwell became the third Executive Director of the MSHOF in January of 2016. He follows Michael Rubenstein and Rick Cleveland in guiding this non-profit corporation after joining the staff the previous February. Bill was the General Manager of the Jackson Mets/Generals for twelve seasons beginning in 1987 and worked in professional baseball for 33 years. A “200 Club” and member of the Board of Directors from his previous stint in Jackson, Bill has always supported the efforts of the Hall of Fame. The opportunity to lead the MSHOF brought him back to Jackson. Educating each generation of the importance of the accomplishments of those enshrined and keeping the facility in top shape are goals he hopes to maintain. Look for new displays and information during his tenure.

Lulu Maness


Lulu Maness, a native of Clarksdale, was at the grand opening of the museum on July 4, 1996.  After volunteering for a year, she became a full time employee with the Hall of Fame.  Lulu, has a connection and passion for the museum, as she is the goddaughter of Ole Miss and New York Giant great, Charlie Conerly. She is the Event Coordinator for the C Spire Outstanding Players Series Presentations which include the football C Spire Conerly, the basketball C Spire Howell/Gillom and the baseball C Spire Ferriss. Lulu’s bright personality and lively stories bring loads of laughter and smiles to the Museum’s staff, volunteers and visitors.

Andrea Patterson

Marketing Director

Andrea Patterson came to the Museum as an intern in 2012 after graduating Ole Miss with a business degree in marketing and management. She has been the full-time Marketing Director since November 2013. She has also taken on the task of Race Director for the Annual Farm Bureau Watermelon Classic. Andrea is a huge fan of all sports, especially Mississippi football and brings a lot of energy to our staff. Her favorite Museum exhibit is the Sports Illustrated Wall of Fame because it showcases how Mississippi athletes have had a national impact through the decades. Please contact Andrea for any marketing or advertising requests.

Taylor Dunn

Museum Coordinator

Taylor Dunn came to the Museum in March 2019. She graduated from the University of Mississippi with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre and has been seen in a number of productions in the Jackson-metro area. With her appreciation of all things Mississippi and her love of meeting new people, she fits perfectly in her role as Museum Coordinator. Part of her duties include managing the Museum membership program and helping with field trips and group tours. Taylor loves her Ole Miss Rebels but is excited to have an excuse to cheer for all Mississippi teams now that she’s on staff at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum.

Nathaniel Talley

Building Supervisor

Nathaniel Talley came to the Museum in July 2017 and succeeded long-time museum staffer, Cully Turner, as Building Supervisor. Originally from Hattiesburg, he studied psychology at USM and Mississippi College. A self-proclaimed bookworm, Nathaniel can be found working diligently around the museum keeping everything up and running. He works with each person or group that rents our facility and makes sure you have everything you may need for your meeting or event.


Volunteers are an integral part of the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum.

“We could not keep our doors open without the invaluable support of our volunteers,” executive director Bill Blackwell said.

Volunteers work flexible three-hour shifts as little or as often as they want. They assist with school groups, ticket sales and the museum’s participatory area. Quarterly luncheons, including a Valentines luncheon and Christmas luncheon are held throughout the year.

If you are interested in exploring volunteer opportunities, please contact Lulu Maness or Andrea Patterson at 601 982-8264.

We always need more help.

Thank You to all our Volunteers!

Larry Adams

Mike Andrews

Jim Barfield

Loys Bedell

Sharon Bell

Brenda Dyson

Andrew Fox

Monnie & Ron Hicks

Carson Hughes

Pat Ladnier

Frank Lawrence

Dudley Marble

Jim McCreery

Ken Robinson

Amber Williams

Frank Wilson

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