Starkville baseball giant Danny Carlisle passes away

Danny Carlisle 1953-2018

Sports Editor

One of the true giants of baseball in Starkville and the state of Mississippi passed away on Wednesday morning.

Danny Carlisle, who spent 35 years in the Starkville public school system and 29 of those as the head baseball coach of the Starkville High School Yellow Jackets, died after a long battle with cancer. He was 65.

As a highly successful head coach, who won over 500 games, Carlisle led the Jackets to three state championships in 1986, 1987 and 1991.

"It's hard to be a legend in your own time, but coach Carlisle was definitely one of the legends," SHS Athletic Director Cheyenne Trussell said. "I've known coach Carlisle for years and I had the great opportunity to meet him and share time with him during the last baseball season. He was the same each and every day. On behalf of the JacketNation family, we are thankful for his dedication and service to the program."

Carlisle was visible on the local and state level over the years trying to support and improve the sport that he loved.

Mississippi High School Activities Association Executive Director Dr. Don Hinton saw Carlisle's devotion and what baseball meant to him first hand.

"I knew him well just because he was so involved," Hinton said. "Even in the last years when he wasn't even coaching, he would come to our district meetings. He would always come to me and bring something to my attention to make baseball better. He stayed in it and stayed with it. He was very passionate about that and the school where he was."

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