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Lifetime Achievement: Carlisle provides years of service to Yellowjackets

May 27, 2012

Danny Carlisle served the Starkville School District for 35 years. (Photo by Kim Murrell, SDN)

Danny Carlisle had his share of wins and state championships during a 29-year career as the head baseball coach of Starkville High School.

The thing that Carlisle will remember most about his time with the Yellowjackets were the relationships established with players, parents and those individuals associated with the program.

Carlisle has made a difference with many SHS students through the years whether they played baseball or not.

For his contributions to the community in 35 years spent with the Starkville School District, Carlisle has been recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Starkville Daily News sports staff.

"I've always said, it's not about me, but about the kids and relationships you build with your players and parents," Carlisle said. "It's not just baseball kids, but kids in general during 35 years of teaching and coaching."

Carlisle taught drivers education, health and even science, but it's the life lessons shared with the Yellowjackets on the field that have made the most impact.

"He was always there for you," SHS first baseman-pitcher and SDN Player of the Year Nathan Pugh said. "Some teams probably don't have coaches that care, not only on the field but off the field, as much as coach Carlisle does. He is a great man and I look up to him off the field as well as on."

The Yellowjackets won three state championships (1986, 1987 and 1991) under Carlisle and he won over 500 games during his tenure.

Starkville advanced to the third round and the Class 5A playoffs in the final season for Carlisle and finished with a record of 21-9.

Pugh considers it a "humbling" experience being one of the Jackets on Carlisle's last team.

"He has been in the game much longer than I've been alive," Pugh said. "To have my last year as his last year, that is something pretty cool. I learned so much about baseball and the game."

Carlisle, a 1971 graduate of SHS, was inducted into the Northeast Mississippi Coaches Association for Better Baseball Hall of Fame on Saturday.

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