Hall of Fame

J.D. Stonestreet

Induction Class of 1999

The Sallis, MS native first made a name for himself as an All State running back at Holmes Junior College and then in 1934 and 1935 at Mississippi Southern where he earned Little All American honors as a halfback. A state newspaper at the time he won All American honors wrote, “one of the state’s great halfbacks of all time “Stone” played four years at Atalla County High School lettering four years in football and baseball and two years in track and was All State two year at Goodman.”

After graduation from Southern, Stonestreet coached five years at Leakesville High School. His team won the Southeastern Regional Championship in football in 1938 and place second two years. He then went to Monticello High School for four years where his teams posted a .700 winning average.

Stonestreet spent three years in the Air Force during World War II and one year as an assistant football coach at Gulf Coast College in Perkinston where he led the Bulldogs baseball team to a State Championship. He returned to Mississippi Southern in 1947 as an assistant and also helped coach baseball and basketball. Stonestreet coached two years at Southern before being hired as the head football coach at Belzoni High School where he also coached baseball and track.

During his first year at Belzoni High his football team lost the Delta Valley Conference Championship to Indianola High. The following year Stonestreet’s players beat Indianola for the DVC Crown and a Class “A” Title. He then moved to Moss Point High for three years before coming to SJC as an assistant football coach.

For the next eleven years Coach Stonestreet coached football and taught mathematics. In 1962 he helped to lead the Trojans to the State Championship in football.

In 1962 Coach Stonestreet retired from coaching to teach full time at the college. In 1966 he died in a boating accident while duck hunting. In 1973, the Edwards-Stonestreet Men’s Dorm was named in his honor, and shorty after his death, the J.D. Stonestreet Award was established to honor outstanding male athletes. Today, the Stonestreet Award remains the highest honor that can be bestowed on an MDCC athlete.

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