Belhaven’s Denson stepping down
JACKSON, MS _ Belhaven University coach Hill Denson, a Mississippi baseball icon, announced Thursday that he will retire after the 2019 season.
Denson, who is entering his 19th season at Belhaven, said he wanted to “slow down a little” and spend more time with his family.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed my 19 years here at Belhaven,” Denson said in a statement released by the school. “I would like to thank the administration here for putting me in charge of this program for so many years and I am grateful to all of the players who have given me the opportunity to be their coach.
“I’m stepping away from the game that has been a huge part of my life in order to slow down a little and spend more time with my wife, kids and grandchildren.”
Denson, who also spent 14 seasons at his alma mater, the University of Southern Mississippi, has won more than 1,000 also games at the collegiate level.
In 33 years coaching baseball, Denson has won 1,284 games.
He was selected for the American Baseball Coaches Association in 2018, adding to accolades that included Hall of Fame inductions into the Mississippi Semi-Pro Baseball (1982), University of Southern Mississippi Athletics (1990), Mississippi Sports (2008), Belhaven Athletic (2010) and the Bobcat Sports (2012).
He was selected Gulf Coast Athletic Conference baseball coach of the year times. He has won more than 600 games with the Blazers, six conference championships and led Belhaven to the 2010 NAIA World Series.
Denson helped put USM Baseball on the national stage, securing the programs’ first NCAA regional appearances (1990, 1991) and earning Coach of the Year honors twice (1989, 1990). He won 468 games with the Golden Eagles.