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Delta State University Adds Seven to Hall of Fame: Shipley & Rich Named to Alumni Coaches HOF

Delta State University Adds Seven to Hall of Fame: Shipley & Rich Named to Alumni Coaches HOF


Athletic Network Footnote:

Marilyn Shipley Watson represented Beryl Shipley at the HOF induction ceremony at Delta State University on April 1, 2011.  

A special acknowledgement is extended to Matt Jones of Delta State for providing the HOF story. The induction ceremony was held April 1, 2011 and Marilyn Shipley Watson and husband, Bill, represented Coach Shipley at the event. To view the UL Athletic Network profile for Coach Shipley click here.

– The Delta State University Sports Hall of Fame is the highest honor bestowed upon a student-athlete at DSU and Tuesday the Sports Hall of Fame Committee officially announced its 2011 Induction Class. This year's inductees include Jeannie Crnkovic Beach (Softball), Dee Haynes (Baseball), Billy Hood (Football), Dr. Mandy Lee O'Neill (Women's Swimming), Jason Page (Baseball), Robert Pannell (Golf) and Elizabeth Wallace Woods (Women's Basketball).  The Sports Hall of Fame will also honor its 2011 Distinguished Statesman, Mike “Tolly” Tolleson.  

DSU will also induct two former Statesmen into the Alumni Coaches Hall of Fame, Ed Rich and Beryl Shipley.  John Elliott, DSU registrar, will also receive the Athletic Alumni Appreciation Award and Dr. Wayne Blansett, Vice President for Student Affairs, will receive the Lawrence L. Stewart Athletic Service Award, but the duo will receive their honors at the annual Athletic Awards Banquet on April 28 at 6 p.m. 

The Sports Hall of Fame will officially welcome the 2011 class and recognize all award winners on Friday, April 1 at the annual Alumni Coaches and Sports Hall of Fame Banquet. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. inside Walter Sillers Coliseum.  A reception for the honorees and their guests will be held at the Hugh Ellis Walker Alumni House at 5 p.m.    

Biographical sketches and information on the 2011 Sports Hall of Fame and Alumni Coaches Hall of Fame inductees is below.  For more information on the Alumni Coaches and Sports Hall of Fame Banquet, please call DSU Athletics at (662) 846-4300.  

Mike “Tolly Tolleson – Distinguished Statesman Award – Anniston, Ala.
Tolleson, a native of Anniston, Alabama, transferred to Delta State from the University of Tampa in 1968.  A two-year letterman for the Statesmen, Tolleson was a standout linebacker for the legendary Horace McCool.  After completing his playing career at DSU, Tolleson went on to coach 37 years at the high school, collegiate and professional levels.  

His college jobs included DSU, West Alabama, Louisiana Tech, Arkansas, Stanford, Texas-El Paso, Southern Miss, Louisiana State and the last 13 years at the University of Texas, where he was the defensive line coach for the 2005 NCAA National Champion Longhorns.  

Tolleson's teams appeared in 20 bowls games, including 13 straight at Texas.  He was a nominee for the 2002 Frank Broyles Assistant Coach of the Year and a former recipient of the Special Teams Coordinator of the Year Award in 2009.  He coached in two BCS National Championship games with Texas in 2005 and 2010.  Six of his former players at UT are currently in the NFL.  

Tolleson currently serves as a special assistant for the University of Texas Department of Athletics.  

Jeannie Crnkovic Beach – Softball – Ferriday, La.
Beach, a native of Ferriday, Louisiana, was a four-year letter winner for the Lady Statesmen from 1994-1998.  A three-time All-Gulf South Conference selection, Beach wrapped up her career ranking in the top 10 in eight statistical categories, including finishing second all-time in career walks with 71.  She also ranks sixth in doubles (30) and seventh in career hits (176). In 1998, Beach finished the season ranking first in batting average (.409) and walks (29).

While at DSU, Beach was named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-South Region Teams in 1997 and 1998.  She also received the DSU Golden Glove Award following the 1997 season.  

Dee Haynes – Baseball – Columbus, Miss.
Haynes, a Columbus native, closed his career at Delta State University as one of the all-time great baseball players in NCAA Division II history from 1998-2000 for coach Mike Kinnison <http://www.gostatesmen.com/staff.aspx?staff=20> . The former slugger finished his time at DSU ranking No. 1 in nine career and seasonal records. Haynes, the 2000 American Baseball Coaches Association Division II National Player of the Year, holds school records for career batting average (.405), home runs (69), total bases (537), and RBIs (253).

He also holds season record for average (.444), RBIs (92), home runs (26), total bases (197), doubles (T-25) and runs scored (88).  The power-hitting outfielder also connected on four home runs in four at-bats versus Southern Arkansas in the GSC Tournament.   He also helped the Statesmen claim the 2000 GSC championship with his work at the plate and his 69 home runs rank second all-time in NCAA Division II history.    

One of the most decorated players in DSU and Gulf South Conference history, Haynes was a three-time ABCA All-American, All-GSC and All-South Central Region selection. A 14th round draft pick by the St. Louis Cardinals, Haynes played eight seasons of Minor League Baseball for the organization, including three at AAA Memphis.  

Billy Hood – Football – Calhoun City, Miss.
Hood, a native of Calhoun City, was a four-year letterman at wide receiver for the Statesmen from 1971-75.  In a time when pass happy offenses were not the norm, Hood proved to be a major weapon for Delta State, grabbing 71 passes for 1,054 yards during his junior and senior seasons. He ranked second in the GSC in receptions in 1974 and third in 1975.  Once held the DSU and GSC record for receptions in a game with 11 versus Southeastern Louisiana in 1974.

The speedy receiver was awarded the prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship in 1975 and was a two-time Academic All-American for the Statesmen in 1974 and 1975.  In 1975, Hood served as Team Captain and was named to the All-GSC Team.  He also claimed the Charles S. Kerg Senior Student-Athlete of the Year at DSU and was inducted into the Student Hall of Fame in 1975.  

Mandy Lee O'Neill – Oshawa, Ontario – Swimming & Diving
Dr. Mandy Lee O'Neill closed out her career as the most decorated swimmer in Lady Statesmen history.  A four-year letter winner and four-time All-New South Intercollegiate Swim Conference pick, held eight school and NSISC records during her tenure at Delta State, including the 50-Free, 100-Free, 100-Butterfly, 200-Free Relay, 400-Free Relay, 800-Free Relay, 200-Medley Relay and 400-Medley Relay.  

She was named the 1999 NCAA Woman of the Year for Mississippi and a national finalist for the NCAA that same year.  In 1996-1997, she served as a Team Captain.  Lee-O'Neill was named the Most Valuable Swimmer at DSU in 1998 and she also claimed the 1996 DSU Workout Award.

A standout in the classroom as well, Mandy Lee O'Neill was a four-time Academic All-American, four-time Academic All-NSISC selection and 1999 Charles S. Kerg Senior Student-Athlete of the Year.  She finished her four years at DSU rankings No. 1 in her class with a 4.0 GPA.    

Jason Page – Starkville, Miss. – Baseball
Page, a native of Starkville, played three seasons for the Statesmen baseball team and coach Bill Marchant from 1994-1996.  Prior to coming to DSU, Page was an All-State and All-Region 23 performer at East Mississippi Community College.  A three-time All-GSC selection, Page helped guide the Statesmen to the 1994 and 1996 Gulf South Conference championships and NCAA Division II College World Series appearances.  

Page led the Statesmen in batting and RBIs in 1994 (.414/52), 1995 (.396/47) and 1996 (.383/61).  He ranks third all-time in career batting average .395, while ranking third in doubles (59) and 10th in career hits (236).

He was named to the ABCA All-American team in 1996 and he was a three-time ABCA All-South Central Region Team selection.  He grabbed the 1995 N.L. Cassibry Most Valuable Player Award at DSU.  Also a good student, Page was a three-time GSC Academic Honor Roll recipient as well.

Robert Pannell – Memphis, Tenn. – Golf
Pannell, a native of Memphis, Tenn., was a four-year letterman for the Statesman Golf team from 1980-1984.  The clutch performer qualified to play in every tournament during his tenure at Delta State, including three-second place finishes.  He carded the lowest seasonal scoring average for a Statesman in 1981 and 1982, while being named to the All-Gulf South Conference team in 1982.  He was named the Most Valuable Golfer at DSU in 1982 and 1982, while earning the Outstanding Contribution to DSU Golf Award in 1984.    

Always an advocate for golf in Mississippi, Pannell has served as an officer for the Mississippi Golf Association and MS Junior Golf Association.  He has played on six Mississippi Cup Teams and is currently the Mississippi 4-Ball Champion.  

He has won the Cleveland Country Club 4-Ball Tournament five times and twice helped his team to the CCC 6-Man Scramble title.  

Elizabeth Wallace Woods – Silver Creek, Miss. – Women's Basketball
Elizabeth Wallace Woods was a four-year letter winner for coach Lloyd Clark and the Lady Statesmen basketball team from 1987-1990.  She helped guide the green-and-white to two NCAA Division II National Championships in 1988-1989 and 1989-1990.  While spending most of her time as a defensive stopper for DSU, she averaged 6.0 points and 4.3 rebounds during her four-year career.

A native of Silver Creek, she received the 1989 Lady Statesmen Defensive Player of the Year Award and was a 1990 Who's Who Among American Colleges and Universities selection. She is often credited with being the emotional leader of the Lady Statesmen, willing the team to the 1990 national title.  

Ed Rich – Independence, Miss. – Alumni Coaches Hall of Fame
Rich, a native of Independence, was a 1991 graduate of Delta State University.  He has served as head baseball coach at Southaven High School since 1995 and was an assistant baseball coach from 1991-94 at the school.  During his tenure at SHS, Rich has led the Chargers to four conference championships and seven district titles.  

A seven time District Baseball Coach of the Year, Rich led Southaven to two MHSAA State Class 5A Championships in 1999 and 2000, including a third place finish in 2003.  The Mississippi Coaches Association and The Clarion Ledger named Rich Mississippi Baseball Coach of the Year in 1999.

He holds a 315-103 record all-time on the diamond and in 1998 took over as Southaven High head football coach.  Over the past three seasons, Rich has led the Chargers to consecutive MHSAA Class 5A Playoff appearances.  

Beryl Shipley – Kinsport, Tenn. – Alumni Coaches Hall of Fame
Shipley, a native of Kinsport, Tenn., is a 1951 graduate of Delta State and two-year letterman for the Statesmen Basketball team under Hall of Fame coach John Ray Ricks. Prior to coming to DSU, Shipley played two seasons at Hinds Junior College.  Shipley's induction into the Alumni Coaches Hall of Fame comes on the heels of a terrific collegiate basketball-coaching career at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette, formerly University of Southwestern Louisiana.  

Shipley served as head coach of the Ragin' Cajuns from 1957-1973, guiding the team to the NCAA “Sweet 16” in 1972, where ULL finished the year ranked No. 7 nationally. He also led ULL to a No. 8 national ranking in 1973.  He wrapped up his career at ULL with a 296-129 record, which still ranks No. 1 all-time for the Ragin' Cajuns.  He is a two-time Louisiana Collegiate Coach of the Year in 1972 and 1973 and was chosen as the Gulf States Conference Coach of the Year four times.   

After his time at Louisiana-Lafayette, Shipley coached the San Diego Conquistadors of the American Basketball Association in 1975.  He is a member of the Hinds Junior College Hall of Fame and Louisiana Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame.  

Prior to becoming a collegiate basketball coach, Shipley coached high school basketball, football and baseball in Morgan City, Miss., and was head basketball and assistant football coach at Starkville High School.  


Matt Jones, M.Ed/CRMC
Director of Athletic Communications
Delta State University Department of Athletics
DSU Box A3 – Cleveland, Miss. - 38733
O: (662) 846-4284 / F: (662) 846-4297 / C: (662) 719-9160

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