Former Southern Miss Softball Player Courtney Blades-Rogers and Men's Golf Head Coach Sam Hall Elected to the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame
Sept. 26, 2011
Blades-Rogers was a key participant in the rapid success of the Southern Miss softball program. In the first two years of the Golden Eagles resurgence to the diamond, she was the focal point on the mound, helping Southern Miss accomplish feats very few athletic programs have obtained, especially in such a short time.
The Golden Eagles put together a record of 115-22 in those two seasons, and Blades-Rogers accounted for 95 of those wins. Among her many accolades, Blades-Rogers earned both Conference USA Player and Pitcher of the Year honors. She was the Region 7 Most Outstanding Player and received the Honda Award as the National Softball Player of the Year in 2000.
The Baton Rouge, La., native was a 2000 First-Team Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-American and held the NCAA Division I career strikeout record, fanning 1,773 batters over her illustrious college career. In 2000, she earned a place in the prestigious Southern Miss Legends' Club.
Joining Blades-Rogers in the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame 2012 induction class is former Southern Miss men's golf coach Sam Hall.
Hall has been a fixture around the Hattiesburg golf community for over 50 years. Hall came to Southern Miss as a player in 1954 and immediately made his name known leading Southern Miss to two consecutive top three finishes at the Mississippi Intercollegiate.
Hall left Southern Miss to attend dental school, but returned in 1958.
Following graduation, the Hattiesburg native became a very successful amateur golfer. He has captured the Mississippi State Senior Amateur title seven times and has won more than 300 amateur tournaments. He has also participated in the U.S. Senior Open six times.
Hall returned to his alma mater for the first of two stints as its head men's golf coach in 1969. After leaving in 1971 to enter private business, he again took over the golf program in 1990 and stayed until his retirement in 2000.
During that time, Hall coached five All-Conference players and sent a Southern Miss golfer to the NCAA Regionals for the first time in history.
Hall returns to Southern Miss every year when the men's golf program hosts the annual Sam Hall Intercollegiate golf tournament.
The other members of the induction class includes: Eddie Crawford, Jeff Malone, Ennis Procter and Rafael Palmeiro.
The six will be enshrined at the 50th annual BancorpSouth Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame Weekend on July 27-28, 2012.