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Former Statesmen baseball players met at the Hugh Ellis Walker Alumni & Foundation House in between baseball games during a recent weekend home series. Attendees included: (front, left to right): Billy Lloyd, Jimmy Newquist, Mark Williams, Mark Graham, Tim Harvey, Harry Lott, Barry Lyons, Mike Kraft (back, l to r) Bryan Rogers, Charles Hughes, Ricky Perkins, Randall Gurlen, Judson Thigpen, Jeff Clemons, John Vitali, Ricky Hearn, Rusty Ruscoe, Bubba Cates, Joby Collins, Brad Armstrong, Jim Gangloff, Greg Thacker.

Baseball alumni reunite on campus

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A group of Delta State University baseball alumni recently gathered for a weekend of fun reunion activities on campus.

The group enjoyed lunch downtown with their former coach, the legendary Boo Ferriss, and his wife Miriam.

Chris Burgess '83 of Ridgeland, and Barry Lyons '84 of Ocean Springs, with former Statesmen baseball coach Boo Ferriss at The Warehouse in downtown Cleveland.

Chris Burgess ’83 of Ridgeland, and Barry Lyons ’84 of Ocean Springs, with former Statesmen baseball coach Boo Ferriss at The Warehouse in downtown Cleveland.

In between ballgames at Tim and Nancy Harvey Stadium-Ferriss Field, the former Statesmen and their families met at the Hugh Ellis Walker Alumni and Foundation House for food and fellowship provide by a former teammate and the National Alumni Association.

Director of Athletics Ronnie Mayers and Director of Alumni Affairs Jeffrey Farris updated the group on the exciting things happening on campus.

To stay up to date on the Alumni Association’s activities, follow these social media sites: Facebook (Statesmen Graduates), Twitter (@DSU_Alumni), Tumblr (http://www.dsualumni.tumblr.com), LinkedIn (DSU alumni), Instagram (dsualumni) and You Tube (dsualumni1). Save the date for this year’s Pig Pickin’ (Sept. 24) and Homecoming (Oct. 15).

Keith Williams ’86 (left), president of Hancock Bank – Gulfport, and Jeffrey Farris ‘04/’05, director of Alumni Affairs.

Alumni Association hosts pregame social in Biloxi

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The Delta State Alumni Association recently hosted a pregame party before the Statesmen baseball team played William Carey Univeristy at MGM Park – Shuckers Stadium in Biloxi.

The social was held in the Mercedes Benz Club and appetizers were provided for guests. Over 100 alumni, friends and prospective students attended the event.

Jeffrey Farris ‘04/’05 (l to r), director of Alumni Affairs; Brett Walker ’05, Hancock Investment Services; Cristina Coca ’13, director of Community Relations at MGM Park.

Jeffrey Farris ‘04/’05 (l to r), director of Alumni Affairs; Brett Walker ’05, Hancock Investment Services; Cristina Coca ’13, director of Community Relations at MGM Park.

Delta State staff members in attendance were: Kara Talley and Sarah Shepherd, admissions recruiters; Jeffrey Farris, director of Alumni Affairs; and Keith Fulcher, executive director of Alumni-Foundation. Andrew “FoFo” Gilich, the mayor of Biloxi, also attended and welcomed the crowd to the Gulf Coast.

Delta State alumnus and former Statesmen Mark Graham ’83, of Dallas, Texas, threw out the first pitch to former teammate Steven Tomaszewski ’74, of Ocean Springs. The Statesmen defeated William Carey 4-1. The contest was part of a series of 27 college baseball games that will be played at MGM Park.

To view pictures from the event, visit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/dsualumni/albums/72157665909544436. To watch a video clip, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3H7jp9XbZBo.

To stay up to date on the Alumni Association’s activities, follow these social media sites: Facebook (Statesmen Graduates), Twitter (@DSU_Alumni), Tumblr (http://www.dsualumni.tumblr.com), LinkedIn (DSU alumni), Instagram (dsualumni) and You Tube (dsualumni1). Save the date for this year’s Go Green Weekend (April 2), Pig Pickin’ (Sept. 24) and Homecoming (Oct. 15).

Delta State University and Delta State Athletics will erect a statue of legendary baseball coach Dave "Boo" Ferriss Oct. 3 at 2 p.m.

Coach Ferriss to be honored with statue

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Delta State University and the Department of Athletics are erecting a statue in honor of legendary baseball Coach Dave “Boo” Ferriss in recognition of his decades of commitment to the Green and White.

The life-size statue, created by renowned Mississippi artist Kim Sessums, will feature Ferriss in his Delta State uniform and will be placed behind the grandstand at the baseball complex named in his honor. The statue dedication is scheduled for this Saturday, Oct. 3 at 2 p.m.

Athletic Director Ronnie Mayers said the statue is an appropriate way to pay tribute to a coach who had an illustrious career at Delta State.

“As a friend of Delta State University Athletics, you already know the impact that Coach Ferriss has had on the Delta State baseball program, and also for the game on the state, regional and national levels,” said Mayers. “What truly makes this man worthy of having a statue erected on the Delta State campus is reflected in the time he has always taken to know his players and fans so well — something he has continued to do in the years since he last hung up his uniform.”

Ferriss retired from Delta State following the 1988 season, but he continues to be a tireless supporter at all levels of baseball throughout the state and especially for his beloved Statesmen.

While he is known locally as the legendary Statesmen baseball, Ferriss also became a Boston Red Sox Hall of Famer.

The Shaw, Miss. native spent 46 years in baseball on the collegiate and professional levels, including 26 seasons at Delta State. A legend in national collegiate baseball coaching circles, Ferriss was inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1988 in Atlanta, Ga.

He compiled a 639-387-8 record at Delta State, and his coaching record ranks him among all-time national coaching leaders at the NCAA Division II level. His 1988 team was ranked 9th nationally in the Collegiate Baseball poll.

When Ferriss took over the DSU baseball program in 1960, he started it from the ground level. The Statesmen played many of their games off campus and Ferriss coached without the benefit of an assistant. He directed teams to the NCAA Division II Playoffs in eight of his last 12 years, including three trips to the NCAA Division II championships where the Statesmen finished third, second and third respectively in 1977, 1978 and 1982.

Gulf South Conference championships came in 1978, 1979, 1985 and 1988, with the Statesmen finishing second in 1981 and third in 1982. Forty-nine of his players earned All-Gulf South Conference honors.

Ferriss also earned several honors for his coaching accomplishments. In 1988, he received the United States Baseball Federation Service Award for his contributions to the game. He was named NCAA Regional Coach of the Year three times while also earning Gulf South Conference coaching honors three times.

In 1978 and 1982 he was selected as College Baseball Coach of the Year in Mississippi and was runner-up in that category in 1985.

In 2007, University Archivist Emily Jones helped pay tribute to Ferriss’s remarkable career by establishing The Dave “Boo” Ferriss Museum, which is housed inside the Robert L. Crawford Center adjacent to the baseball field.

“This statue is really going to tie everything together,” said Jones. “It will let everyone know right where they are — at the field named in his honor, the museum to the side and now the statue. Everyone is going to feel welcomed.”

Mayers encouraged fans and Delta State supporters to take part in the community effort to raise money for the statue fund.

“We invite you to be a part of this momentous occasion by contributing to the Ferriss Statue Fund,” said Mayers. “Along with your donation, we encourage you to jot down a fond memory to be shared with coach and Mrs. Ferriss.

“Coach Ferriss has given us more than 55 years of service and memories here at Delta State. Don’t miss this opportunity to support this overdue tribute and to share in honoring this legendary coach and man.”

To donate to the Coach Dave “Boo” Ferriss Statue Fund, visit https://www.deltastategiving.org/Fund/Give/678. For more information, contact the Delta State University Foundation 662-846-4704.

29th annual Pig Pickin’ schedule announced

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The Delta State University National Alumni Association recently unveiled the schedule of events for the 29th annual Pig Pickin’. The schedule is full of activities for Delta State alumni and friends of any age.

Activities kick off Friday, Sept. 26 with the annual Polk’s Sponsors’ Dinner at the Hugh Ellis Walker Alumni-Foundation House at 6 p.m. At 8 p.m., the Alumni Association will host a Young Alumni Tailgate Party with live entertainment featuring Southern Halo beginning at 9:15 p.m. in the park.

Saturday’s events begin with the 23rd annual Delta State Triathlon at 8 a.m. at the Aquatics Center. From 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Phi Mu will host a Bunko Tournament for Children’s Miracle Network in the Jacob Conference Center of Ewing Hall.

Registration for the second annual Delta Down and Dirty Youth Obstacle and Challenge Run is from 9-10 a.m. with the race beginning shortly after. The Delta State softball team is hosting an Alumni Gathering at 10 a.m. at University Field, and the BBQ cooking competition begins at 10:30 a.m.

At 11 a.m., the Statesmen baseball team will play a squad game at Ferriss Field, and the softball team will host the annual DSU Softball Alumni Game at University Field. DSU Day for high school students is from 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., and DSU Band Day for alumni, students and future students is from noon to 6 p.m.

The first 500 attendees to register at the Alumni Association tent will receive a free Pig Pickin’ souvenir cup. Activities at Statesmen Park begin at 1 p.m. with the Kids Zone, tailgating and live entertainment provided by the DMI student bands Ol’ Skool Revue and Delta RoX. Jim Gregory will also host a live radio broadcast from the park. The Okra and Statesmen mascots will be at the Alumni Association tent from 1-3 p.m. for pictures. There will also be a Legacy Tent for members of the Delta State Alumni Association Legacy Program.

The Pig Pickin’ serving lines are open from 3-5 p.m. The Delta State pep rally, featuring cheerleaders and the football team, is at 3 p.m. At 5 p.m., the BBQ competition winners will be announced. The football game between Delta State and Central State University kicks off at 6 p.m.

BBQ tickets are $6 and can be purchased at the Alumni House or www.deltastategiving.org/alumniassociation/pigpickin. Patrons who pre-purchase tickets by Sept. 24 will be entered in a drawing to win either a Yeti cooler or a free night’s stay at The Alluvian.

Pig Pickin’ is made possible each year through generous sponsorships. This year’s sponsors include: National Alumni Association Corporate Sponsors: Polk’s Meats, Bolivar Medical Center, Air Evac Lifeteam, and Patrick Davis State Farm; Title Sponsors: Polk’s Meat and Wal-Mart; Founders Level Sponsors: Aramark, Delta Regional Foundation, H.L. and Judy Dilworth, and Pafford EMS; Statesmen Level Sponsors: Delta State Foundation, Majic 107.5, Delta Radio; Okra Level Sponsors: Roy Collins Construction, Nehi Bottling Company, Boyle Lumber Company, Feaurecia Automotive Seating, Needle Specialty Products, Lampards Wholesale Meats, Vowell’s Market Place, Baxter Healthcare, Regions, Cleveland Tropy, Delta Risk Solutions, Patrick Davis State Farm; Green Level Sponsors: Barnes & Noble – Delta State Bookstore, Servepro of Cleveland, Sonic Drive In of Cleveland, Belcan Services Group, Automark of Cleveland, Advanced Mosquito Control, Cecil’s Package Store; Eley Barkley Engineering, Belflex Staffing Network, Bolivar Urology Clinic PA Derek Miles, Image Specialists, Guaranty Bank & Trust Company, Renasant Bank; White Level Sponsors: Patterson Chiropractic Clinic, Simply Southern, Backdraft, Tallahatchie County Correctional Facility, Denton Dairy Products, Delta OB/GYN, Cleveland State Bank, Abraham’s, Robinson Electric Company, Planters Bank, Meador & Crump, Merle LaMastus – Giger; Civil Solutions Services, Rogers Entomological Service, Bolivar Commercial, Shorlone Green, Locals, The Cleveland Current, Flatlanders Screen Printing, The Sweetery Bake Shop, Mosquito Burrito and Byrd Service Station.

For more information, contact the Alumni Association at (662) 846-4660. To stay up to date on the Alumni Association’s activities, follow these social media sites: Facebook (Statesmen Graduates), Twitter (@DSU_Alumni), Tumblr (http://www.dsualumni.tumblr.com), LinkedIn (DSU alumni), Instagram (dsualumni) and You Tube (dsualumni1).