Fireside Chat

In this week’s edition of Fireside Chat, President LaForge talks to a true legend of Delta State University, Hall of Fame baseball coach Dave “Boo” Ferriss.

The university and the Department of Athletics are erecting a statue in his honor to recognize his decades of commitment to the Green and White. This special occasion will take place on Oct. 3 at 2 p.m. at Ferriss Field, home of the Statesmen baseball team. We encourage you to join us for this very special ceremony.

The life-size statue, created by renowned Mississippi artist Kim Sessums, will feature Coach Ferriss in his Delta State uniform and will be placed behind the grandstand. This promises to bring an exciting addition to the complex, especially since renovations at the facility will be completed this fall.

When Coach Ferriss took over the DSU baseball program in 1960, he started it from the ground level. He directed teams to the NCAA Division II Playoffs in eight of his last 12 years, including three trips to the NCAA Division II championships, where the Statesmen finished third, second and third respectively in 1977, 1978 and 1982.

Along with developing our baseball program, Coach Ferriss has been a friend and supporter of our university and its athletics programs for years. Even though he hung up his uniform in the 80s, Coach Ferriss has had a monumental impact on our institution.

While he is known locally as the legendary Statesmen baseball coach, Ferriss also became a Boston Red Sox Hall of Famer. And in 1988, Ferriss was inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in Atlanta, Ga.

This week, our campus will host the College of Business Career Fair which will begin tomorrow at 8 a.m. in Broom Hall. It is also time for Homecoming elections, and we encourage all of our students to be involved as we get ready for Delta State Homecoming Nov. 7. It’s always a special time for our campus community, alumni and friends. Check out more events and activities taking place on campus by visiting our website

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