Jess Dannelly has been the Associate Athletic Director for Community Outreach at Coastal Carolina University since 2009. He also serves as the executive director of the Letterwinnners Association. Involved in Chanticleer Athletics since 1984, he has also served as associate athletic director for game operations, facilities and compliance, and was the head softball coach for 22 years.
During his tenure as softball coach, Dannelly led the Chanticleers to five Big South Conference Championships and four trips to the NCAA Regionals. With a 669-544 (.552) career record, he was ranked 31st among active NCAA softball coaches in victories when he retired from coaching in 2010. Dannelly recorded his 600th career victory at Coastal Carolina on April 11, 2006.
Dannelly first came to Coastal Carolina in 1984 as an assistant athletic director for facilities and assistant baseball coach under then-head coach Bobby Richardson. He left Coastal Carolina to coach high school baseball for one season, but returned to the Conway campus to resume his assistant coaching duties with the baseball team prior to the 1986 season. He held that position until 1988, when he accepted the position of head coach of the Chanticleer softball program.
He served as the head baseball coach at USC-Salkehatchie from 1975 to 1984 and posted a 273-214 (.561) record over nine seasons.
Dannelly was inducted into the George F. "Buddy" Sasser Hall of Fame in 2011 and the USC-Salkehatchie Hall of Fame in 2012.
Dannelly attended USC-Salkehatchie and earned a bachelor's degree in health and physical education from the University of South Carolina in 1974.
He and his wife Wendy have two sons: McKewn and Travis.