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Kevin Rogers

Charles "Kevin" Rogers, Class of 1988

Induction Class of 2014
Baseball

Rogers first year at MDCC he went 9-2 on the mound helping win the State Championship. The next year the Trojans finished second in the state but went on to win the Region XXIII Tournament and host the Eastern District Championship posting a 45-12 record and a 20-4 North Division Slate. His record that year was 10-0 and he was named to the MACJC All State Team and All Region XXIII Team.

Kevin was drafted in June of 1988 in the ninth round by the San Francisco Giants and began his professional career with the Pocatello Giants. In 13 starts he struck out 71 batters in 69.2 innings. The following year he started 28 games for the Clinton, IA., Giants going 13-8 with a 2.55 ERA allowing 128 hits in 169.1 innings while striking out 168 batters. The next year Rogers went 14-5 while striking out 186 batters in 172 innings with the San Jose Giants and was named a California All Star. In 1991 Kevin moved to the Shreveport Captains where he went 4-6 in 22 games and struck out 108 in 118 innings. He was ranked the 89th Best Prospect by Baseball American that year. Rogers split time between Shreveport and the Phoenix Firebirds in 1992 and went 11-8 before making his big league debut with the Giants against the St. Louis Cardinals on September 4. He pitched 6 innings allowing 3 earned runs on 8 hits and 2 walks. The former found his niche in 1993 as a reliever. He had a 2.68 ERA in 64 appearances and was named 50th Best Prospect. Rogers continued in the minors until 1998 when he retired.

In 2000 Rogers went to work for Entergy.

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Mike DeJean

Mike DeJean, Class of 1990

Induction Class of 2014
Baseball

Mike was the Trojans outstanding shortstop during the 1989 and 1990 season at MDCC and helped led the Trojans to an MACJC State Championship and a NJCAA Region XXIII Championship in 1990.

In 1991 DeJean went to Livingston State University, now called The University of West Alabama. In his senior year he helped Livingston make it to the Division II College World Series. During that series he pitched to two batters and retired both. That year the shortstop was drafted in the 24th round by the New York Yankees and signed to a professional contract as a pitcher.

DeJean was traded to the Colorado Rockies in 1996 and made his professional debut on May 2, 1997 pitching against the Philadelphia Phillies. During four seasons he went 5-0 with a 3.99 ERA in 55 appearances mostly as a middle reliever. He then went on to play for the Brewers for two years and achieved success as a closer during the 2001 and 2002 seasons. In 2002 he had 27 saves out of 30 appearances. During the 2004 season he was traded to the New York Mets and recorded 24 strikeouts in 21 innings in 16 games with a 1.69 ERA. In 2005 DeJean signed with the Colorado Rockies, rejoining the team that he began his Major League career with in 1997. With the Rockies he posted a 3.19 ERA in 38 games, all in relief.

After leaving the game in 2005 due to injuries he became employed at Videolink Surveillance, LLC.

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Reagan Ford

Reagan Ford, Class of 1968

Induction Class of 2014
Football & Baseball

Reagan Ford was a fullback for the Trojans who earned All State honors his freshman year and won the J.D. Stonestreet Award, which is given to the outstanding male athlete. As a sophomore Ford was name Most Versatile Defensive Back and played in the Junior College All Star Game. He was also named a JUCO All- American. Reagan also lettered two years as a catcher for the baseball team. While on campus Ford was named Mr. MDJC, Most Versatile, Most Collegiate, a Class Favorite, and a Homecoming Escort. He was also a founding member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Ford went on to earn a B.S. in Biology at Delta State where he was President of Beta Beta Beta. He then taught and coached at North Sunflower Academy for two years before going to the Southern College of Optometry and becoming a Doctor of Optometry.

As of 2014 Dr. Ford had practiced Optometry for almost 36 years in Starkville and has the only free standing Optical Dispensary in Starkville named the Looking Glass. He is also a community leader who was named Jaycee of the Year in 1982 for compiling and arranging the first MSU Baseball Program.

Reagan Ford and his wife have four children and eight grandchildren.

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Pat Hare

Patrick "Pat" Hare, Class of 1981

Induction Class of 2014
Basketball, Tennis, & Track

As a basketball star Pat was selected to play in the MJCAA All-Star Game as a sophomore earning MVP Honors. As a tennis player he was the Men’s B Singles Champ in the Co-Lin Invitational Tournament in both 1980 and 1981. He also helped the Trojans capture the Mississippi Junior College Athletic Association State Championship his freshman year and was given the Outstanding Tennis Award as a sophomore. Hare was also a versatile member of the track team running the 110 high hurdles as well as competing in the high jump and the pole vault. While at MDJC the advertising major was voted Most Handsome and was a member of the MDJC Hall of Fame where requirements note that members “must be outstanding scholars and campus leaders.”

Hare went on to play basketball at Millsaps College in Jackson where he earned Trinity University Classic All-Tournament honors in 1983. He also earned Millsaps’ 110% Award in both 1982 and 1983 and was honored with the Most Valuable Player Award as a senior. Hare earned a B.A. from Millsaps in 1983 and was a member of the Alpha Mu Chapter of Kappa Alpha Order as well as a Sigma Lambda Honorary.

After college Hare worked as a Consumer Lending Officer at Deposit Guaranty Bank in Greenville until 1990. He then moved to Aiken, SC., where he accepted a position with Meadwestvacco, a global packaging solutions company.

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