by Web on March 25, 2015
New facilities, a solid job of recruiting and Jim Page’s outstanding career as head baseball coach at Millsaps College account for this year’s baseball roster with more than 40 players.
“Coach Page’s history of success stretches from championships on the field to the remarkable job he has done molding the lives of young men,” said Josh Brooks, director of athletics at Millsaps College. “Coach Page impacts the lives of everyone he meets, whether he’s at one of his baseball camps or coaching our student-athletes. Because of those successes, young men have lined up to be a part of the Major baseball program and the roster has grown to the large size it is today.”
Page came to Millsaps as a student in 1981 from Woodbridge, Va., played four years for Millsaps Hall of Fame member Tommy Ranager and was named team MVP two of those seasons. After earning a B.S. in 1986, he was preparing to take a high school coaching job elsewhere in the state when he was offered an assistant position with the Majors.
“I just thought there was nothing better than working at Millsaps,” Page said. “I fell in love, and I’m still here.”
Page became Millsaps’ head coach in 1989 and quickly put his stamp on the program. Millsaps won five straight conference championships from 1990-1994 and received its first NCAA tournament bid in 1995.
At the start of this season, he has a 671-370 record. He is among 20 active coaches in NCAA Division III with 600 or more wins and ranks 36th all-time among D-III coaches.
He’s earned seven Coach of the Year awards, was named 2013 South Region Coach of the Year, and has led his team to nine conference championships. He has guided seven teams to NCAA regionals, his 2009 team was ranked No. 1 in D-III at one point in the season, and his 2013 team made the trip to the Division III NCAA College World Series in Appleton, Wis.