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Jimmy Bellipanni
Hometown: Indianola, MS
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Coach Jimmy Bellipanni was a renowned football, baseball, basketball, track and field coach and athletic director at Mississippi Delta Community College. Jimmy hails from Indianola where he was a multi-sport athlete. He served in the U. S. Navy during World War II and returned to then-Sunflower Junior College in 1946 where he was the starting quarterback. A serious car accident cut short his athletic career, but Coach Bellipanni continued his education at Delta State where he received his degree in 1952. He also achieved degrees at Southern Miss. He coached briefly in the high school ranks but returned to Moorhead and Mississippi Delta Community College where he began a remarkable 50-year relationship with the athletic department. For over three decades, he coached either as an assistant or a head coach the baseball, basketball, track, and football teams. Jimmy’s coaching fame was concentrated on the diamond where his teams had the most success. During his 27 years as head baseball coach, the Trojans baseball team claimed six MACJC State Championships. In 1993, after Coach Jimmy had given up active coaching and began serving as athletic director, Mississippi Delta Community College named the baseball field after him in his honor. Along with his membership in the MAC Hall of Fame, Coach Jimmy was a charter member of the Mississippi Delta Community College Athletic Hall of Fame in 1999 and a charter member of the MACJC Sports Hall of Fame in 2007. Since 2000, Mississippi Delta Community College has presented the “Jimmy Bellipanni Distinguished Trojan Award” to a worthy student-athlete at their annual athletic hall of fame banquet. Coach Jimmy passed away March 16, 2002.