April 23, 2012
WALTERBORO - Former Coastal Carolina University softball head coach Jess Dannelly was inducted into the University of South Carolina Salkehatchie Hall of Fame on Friday, April 20. Dannelly is the associate director for community outreach in the Department of Athletics.
Dannelly founded the University of South Carolina Salkehatchie baseball program in 1975 and coached the Indians for nine seasons posting a 273-214 (.561) record. He also served as the athletic director over the nine-year stint. During his first season as the head coach, Dannelly and his team built the current baseball field, sodding the field themselves, while playing their games on a local high school field.
The Indians finished as regional runners-up each of the first three years Dannelly was the head coach. Dannelly coached more than 300 student-athletes while at the University of South Carolina Salkehatchie.
Dannelly is a USC Salkehatchie alumnus and a graduate of USC Columbia.
On Nov. 5, 2011, Dannelly was inducted into the Coastal Carolina University George F. "Buddy" Sasser Athletic Hall of Fame after coaching the Chanticleers for 22 years, compiling a 669-544 record. He led Coastal to four NCAA Tournament appearances (1998, 2000, 2001 and 2006) and to the National Invitational Tournament in 1992. Dannelly was named the Big South Coach of the Year in 1989, 1991, 1992, 1994, 2000, 2003 and 2006.