PERKINSTON — Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College President Dr. Mary S. Graham will cut the ribbon at the school's new softball stadium at Ross-Smith Field on June 14. The ceremony begins at 4 p.m.
The 265-seat stadium features 45 chairback seats, and all bleacher seats have backrests. There is a terrace area available for seating, as well, bringing overall capacity to around 300. Construction started in November 2016.
The softball field moved to its current location on the Perkinston Campus in 1982. It was named Ross-Smith Field after legendary MGCCC coaches Sue Ross and Doris "Blackie" Smith in 2006.
Ross attended Perkinston Junior College, graduating in 1955. She was a member of the 1955 state championship tennis team and played basketball. Ross returned to help resurrect women's sports at the school. In 16 years as a coach, Ross's women's teams won two tennis, one volleyball, and four basketball state championships. In
addition, her basketball teams took one national title, one runner-up national spot, a seventh-place national ranking, and two regional championships.
Smith coached at Gulf Coast for 20 years, compiling a 150-69 record in softball and a 129-141 record in basketball. She also coached tennis, and her teams won three state softball championships in softball and another in basketball. Her 1984 softball team won the Region 23 championship and finished seventh in nationals.
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