Two Delta State legends, Dave “Boo” Ferriss and Crystal Hardy, were among the 10 inductees.
Ferriss laid the foundation for the Delta State University baseball program. Ferriss posted a 639-387-8 record in his 26 seasons over two different tenures as head baseball coach at DSU. His first tenure was from 1960-66 and his second tenure was from 1970-88.
During his time as DSU head coach, he guided DSU to the NCAA Division II World Series three times (1977, 78 and 82). He also led the team to four GSC Titles and earned GSC Coach of the Year three times.
Ferriss was honored to be named to the Hall of Fame.
“I had no idea that was getting put together, but Ronnie (Mayers) told me they had been working on it a while,” Ferriss said. “It’s certainly a nice honor, and I’m very appreciative of it. I think going into the Gulf South Conference back in 1972 was one of the best moves Delta State ever made in athletics. Through the years, it’s been a great asset to us. I’m just pleased to be recognized. I just enjoyed my years.”
Ferriss is also a member of the Delta State University Sports Hall of Fame, the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame, the Mississippi State University Sports Hall of Fame, the Mississippi Semi-Pro Baseball Hall of Fame and the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame.
Hardy made a name for herself as a member of the Delta State University women's basketball program. In her career at DSU, she helped lead the Lady Statesmen to back-to-back NCAA Division II National Championships in 1989 and 90. She earned All-GSC honors in three consecutive years from 1988-90. Her accomplishments in the 1989-90 season were endless as she earned the GSC Most Valuable Player award, the GSC commissioner’s trophy, MVP honors in the NCAA Tournament, WBCA All-American honors and the WBCA Player of the Year award.
“I remember Crystal Hardy’s time at Delta State, and she was a top player,” Ferriss recalled. “She’s a very fine person, and I was glad to see she was one of the inductees, because she was a good one.”
Hardy is currently in the top 10 on the school’s all-time list in career points (1,570, 10th), blocked shots (82, 9th), games played (130, 5th) and field goals made (675, 6th). Hardy also grabbed 862 rebounds which puts her 11th on the all-time list.
The other inductees into the GSC Hall of Fame are: Nate Salant (GSC Commissioner 1992-2014), Bill Jones (North Alabama men’s basketball coach from 1974-88), Richard McKinnon (North Alabama linebacker in football), Dee Outlaw (West Alabama Athletic Director), Chris Hatcher (Valdosta State quarterback and head coach), Wendy Hurst-Stewart (Alabama-Huntsville softball pitcher), Richard Berg (West Florida Athletic Director) and Jeff Branson (West Alabama baseball player).
The GSC Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held on June 25 at the Pensacola Beach Gulf Front Hotel in Pensacola Beach, Fla.