Former Southern Miss baseball coach dies

By NEMS Daily Journal

HATTIESBURG — Pete Taylor, who became Southern Mississippi’s 10th head baseball coach in 1959 and held that position until he retired in 1983, died Sunday at his home in Hattiesburg. He was 92.

Officials at Hulett-Winstead Funeral Home in Hattiesburg said Monday that funeral arrangements have not been finalized. Taylor is survived by his wife, Gloria, and his children.

Taylor’s teams compiled a 320-349-2 overall record. He had 10 winning seasons and one .500 year. Six of his first seven teams had winning records, including a 14-3 mark in 1960.

The baseball field at Southern Miss is named in his honor.

Southern Miss athletic director Richard Giannini said in a statement that Taylor died in his sleep.

Taylor first came to Mississippi Southern College in 1941, as an offensive and defensive end for the football team. He took time off from school during World War II, but returned to finish his education after the war.

Taylor became a high school football coach, then returned to Hattiesburg to become an assistant football coach under Thad “Pie” Van and the school track and field coach at Southern Miss.

In 1959, Taylor was named the 10th head baseball coach of the school. He served in that capacity, and as an assistant athletic director, until his retirement in 1983.

In 1985, Pete Taylor Park was built and named in Taylor’s honor.