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Former Southern Miss baseball coach Hill Denson to be inducted in ABCA Hall of Fame

July 19, 2017

HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- Southern Miss' all-time winningest baseball coach, Hill Denson, has been announced as one of 11 inductees to the ABCA Hall of Fame.

The 2018 ABCA Hall of Fame inductions will be held during the ABCA Convention on Jan. 5, 2018 at the J.W. Marriott in Indianapolis, Indiana. Tickets to the event will go on sale starting in September.

Denson posted a 468-386-2 record in his 14 years at Southern Miss (1984-97). Denson's success in Hattiesburg included being named Metro Conference Coach of the Year in 1989 and 1990, having 12 consecutive winning seasons (1986-1997), a then-school-record 42-win season in 1990, NCAA Tournament bids in 1990 and 1991, eight players being named All-Americans and 35 signed to professional baseball contracts.

The Golden Eagles won 13 games in 1984, Denson's first year after taking over for the school's current second-winningest coach, Pete Taylor, before upping their victory total to 28, 31 and 37 wins in the succeeding seasons. The team's two aforementioned regional trips (Baton Rouge and Austin) were the first in program history.

Denson was recognized by the university with the changing of their stadium's name to Hill Denson Field at Pete Taylor Park in 1999.

He has since gone on to post a 590-388 record in 17 years at Belhaven and is a three-time Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Coach of the Year.

Denson, a 38-year Lifetime ABCA member, was inducted into the Belhaven Athletics Hall of Fame in 2010 and the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame in 2008. He has also been inducted into the Southern Miss Athletic Hall of Fame (1990), the Bobcat Sports Hall of Fame at Jones County Junior College (2012) and the Mississippi Semi-Pro Baseball Hall of Fame (1982).

A native of Bay Springs, Miss., Denson is a graduate of Southern Miss, where he earned his bachelor's degree in Science Education. He received his master's degree in School Administration from Mississippi College.

More information about the rest of the Class of 2018 can be found at the ABCA's official site.

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