Hall of Fame

Coach Jimmy Bellipanni

Induction Class of 1999

The Indianola native played sports at Indianola High School before coming to Sunflower Junior College in 1946 where he started as quarterback for the Trojans as a freshman. A serious car accident curtailed his playing career but did not diminish his love of sports.

After two years at SJC he earned his B.S. in Physical Education and Social Studies at Delta State. He then returned to Moorhead and took up coaching duties at Moorhead Grammar School and Sunflower Junior College when he was named assistant line coach while J.D. Stonestreet was named backfield coach. Over the next two years he also became boys’ and girls’ head basketball coach. In addition, he coached three State Track Championship teams at Sunflower Agricultural High School.

Jimmy Bellipanni was head baseball coach at MDCC for 27 years, winning 6 State Championships, and assistant football coach for 29 years. While coaching basketball, he won 1 North Division Title, and during his last 5 years as head basketball coach, his teams advanced to the State Finals 4 times. In football, he helped to win 3 State Championships, on in 1962 and two back-to-back titles in 1972 and 1973. He was also apart of the football staff that received Coaching Staff of the Year honors in 1962 and again in 1971,1972, and 1973. The 1962 State Title was the first-ever for the Trojans football program.

Coach Jimmy was named Athletic Director in 1978. In 1999 he oversaw 6 athletic programs and 14 coaches and trainers. As Athletic Director, he has helped MDCC win numerous North Division and State Championships and even a National Football Championship in 1993.

He was the first-ever recipient of DSU’s Distinguished Statesmen Award and was inducted into the Mississippi Association of Coaches Hall of Fame in 1988.

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