Richy Harrelson
Richy Harrelson
Title: Head Baseball Coach
City: Booneville
State: MS
ZIP Code: 38829
Phone: 662-720-7344
Email: rwharrelson@nemcc.edu

Richy Harrelson, “The Bazooka from Iuka,” takes on the role as head coach of Northeast Mississippi Community College's baseball program beginning in 2016.

Harrelson was been alongside former Tigers headman Kent Farris for much of his success at Northeast, including in 2008 when the Tigers recorded a 32-18 record and finished as the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) North Division runner-up.

That team also qualified for the MACJC State Tournament and the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region 23 Tournament with Harrelson serving as pitching coach.

Following a successful first stint at Northeast, Harrelson accepted a position at the University of Southern Mississippi and guided them to their first-ever NCAA Super Regional in 2009 after downing host Georgia Tech to win the NCAA Atlanta Regional.

The Golden Eagles continued their surge with a sweep of the University of Florida in the NCAA Gainesville Super Regional to advance to the first NCAA College World Series in school history.

Harrelson and the Golden Eagles did not fare as well in Omaha, Neb., with losses to perennial powers the University of Texas (7-6) and University of North Carolina (11-4) to end their campaign at legendary Johnny Rosenblatt Stadium with a 40-26 record.

Magic struck again in 2010 when Southern Miss ran the tables through the Conference USA (C-USA) Tournament in Houston, Texas, to win the championship over Rice University by a score of 7-4 to earn the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

At Southern Miss, Harrelson oversaw the Golden Eagles' outfielders, hitters and coached first base. He instructed Chad Caillet, who topped C-USA in each of the last three years in several statistics, including walks, hit by pitches, on-base percentage, RBIs, sacrifice bunts, sacrifice flies and runs scored.

Prior to his 2008 season with the Tigers, Harrelson was a successful coach at the prep level. He helped Lafayette County High School compile a 105-80 record during his time in Oxford.

The Commodores won 14 postseason contests under the tutelage of Harrelson and also captured the 2006 Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 4A state title at Trustmark Park, which is the home stadium of the Southern League's Mississippi Braves.

During his final year at Lafayette County, Harrelson led the Commodores to a 23-11 record. They reached the MHSAA playoffs for a fourth straight year and lost to Neshoba Central High School in the Class 4A North Half semifinals.

Harrelson made his mark on the Hill Country baseball community during his prep career at Iuka High School and then Tishomingo County High School after consolidation merged three local schools together. While a Chieftain and Brave from 1989-92, Harrelson placed himself among the nation’s best.

He is still listed in the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Baseball Record Book in the categories of career hits (236), career RBIs (226) and career pitching wins (55).

Harrelson began his coaching career as an assistant with the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) in 1997 before moving to Hillcrest Christian School in Jackson one year later.

Harrelson continued his playing days on the diamond out of Tishomingo County by signing a scholarship to enroll at Ole Miss. He saw time as a third baseman and pitcher for the Rebels from 1993-96.

Ole Miss won two Mayor’s Trophy games over rival Mississippi State University at historic Smith-Wills Stadium in Jackson while Harrelson starred with the Rebels.

Harrelson was part of the 1995 Rebel team that won a then-school record 40 games and earned the program’s first NCAA Regional bid since 1977. Ole Miss finished on the verge of its first NCAA College World Series appearance since 1972, placing second at the NCAA Atlantic I Regional behind host Florida State University.

Harrelson also played one season in the prestigious Cape Cod League in Massachusetts during the summer of 1994 and one year as a professional in 1997.

The local legend returned home in 2011-12 to once again assist Farris and the Tigers. He was an integral part of the 2013 team that won the MACJC North Division championship for the first time in 21 years and won its opening round playoff series against Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.

Northeast hosted the MACJC State Tournament for the first time in its current format one season ago with Harrelson on the bench. Approximately 1,250 fans packed the seating areas of Harold T. White Field to watch the Tigers face Jones County Junior College and East Central Community College as part of seven games in three days.

Harrelson and his wife Hope have two children, Gage and Mary Cille. His mom and dad, Jerry and Lana, also live in Booneville and are avid supporters of Northeast's baseball program.

 

Name

High School

College

Professional Team

Seth Smith 1999-2001

Hillcrest Christian

Ole Miss

Colorado Rockies

Stephen Head 1999-2001

Hillcrest Christian

Ole Miss

Cleveland Indians

Logan Power 2001

Hillcrest Christian

Ole Miss

San Diego Padres

Cody Satterwhite 2001

Hillcrest Christian

Ole Miss

Detroit Tigers

Justin Woodall 2003-06

Lafayette County

Alabama

Tampa Bay Rays

Phillip Chapman 2008

Clinton

Northeast/Memphis

Minnesota Twins

JR Ballinger 2009

East Central

Southern Mississippi

Chicago White Sox

Bo Davis 2009

West Lauderdale

Southern Mississippi

San Diego Padres

Brian Dozier 2009

Itawamba AHS

Southern Mississippi

Minnesota Twins

James Ewing 2009

Beaumont, Texas

Southern Mississippi

New York Mets

Scott Copeland 2009-10

White Oak, Texas

Panola CC/Southern Mississippi

Baltimore Orioles

BA Vollmuth 2009-11

Biloxi

Southern Mississippi

Oakland Athletics

Todd McInnis 2009-11

Northwest Rankin

Southern Mississippi

St. Louis Cardinals

Collin Cargill 2009-11

Hattiesburg

Southern Mississippi

Florida Marlins

Tyler Koelling 2009-11

Luling, La.

Meridian/Southern Mississippi

Minnesota Twins

Marc Bourgeios 2010-11

Granby, QE, Canada

Chipola CC/Southern Mississippi

Arizona Diamondbacks

Brandon Farley

Cookeville, Tenn.

Northeast/Arkansas State

San Francisco Giants

Years Coached: 1999-2014

Year School Record Postseason
1999 Hillcrest Christian 23-8 MPSA State Runner-up
2000 Hillcrest Christian 24-6 MPSA District Champion
2001 Hillcrest Christian 22-8 MPSA Playoffs
2002 Lafayette County 11-15 None
2003 Lafayette County 10-14 None
2004 Lafayette County 18-13 MHSAA Class 4A Playoffs
2005 Lafayette County 16-14 MHSAA Class 4A Playoffs
2006 Lafayette County 28-8 MHSAA Class 4A State Champion
2007 Lafayette County 23-11 MHSAA Division 2-4A Champion
2008 Northeast 32-17 NJCAA Region 23 Tournament
2009 Southern Mississippi 43-20 NCAA College World Series
2010 Southern Mississippi 38-22 Conference-USA Champion
2011 Southern Mississippi 39-19 Conference-USA Champion
2012 Northeast 18-25 MACJC Playoffs
2013 Northeast 30-18 MACJC State Tournament
2014 Northeast 27-20 MACJC State Tournament