|Title:||Head Baseball Coach|
Jim Page, a six-time conference Coach of the Year selection, enters his 25th season at the helm of the Majors' baseball program in 2013 after recently picking up his 600th career win as Head Baseball Coach of the Millsaps Majors.
On April 4th, 2012, against cross-town rival and Maloney Series matchup Belhaven, Page became the 20th active baseball coach to reach 600 wins and moved into 36th place on the All-Time Wins List in Division III.
Millsaps went on to sweep Belhaven and outlast Mississippi College to win their fifth Maloney Series Trophy, the most among the three teams.
Page, who is No. 2 in wins in the SCAC, led a scrappy team to a 28-16 record and a birth in the SCAC Championship in Millington, Tenn. where they fell to Birmingham-Southern, who went on to finish runner-up in the Central Regionals. He is now 610-337-3 in his career and has coached every one of his games in the purple and white.
He led Millsaps to its third most wins in program history at
34-10 overall, a Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference West
Division title and its sixth trip to an NCAA Regional in 2009.
It wasn't long ago where Page became the first Millsaps coach to reach 500 wins in 2009. Shortly after reaching this accomplishment, the Majors darted out to their best start ever at 19-2. What followed was a No. 1 ranking for the first time in the history of any athletic program at Millsaps on April 14, 2009, when D3baseball.com tabbed the Majors the best team in all of NCAA Division III baseball.
A native of Woodbridge, Va., Page has been a part of the Millsaps community for nearly four decades, graduating from the College in 1985 with a B. S. degree in education and joining the staff shortly thereafter as an assistant coach, then head coach to begin the 1989 season.
During his tenure, the Majors have claimed at least a share of the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship six SCAC Championships, taking the crown in 2006 after posting a school best 37-13 record. They were named SCAC West Champions in 2007 and 2009 after posting 35-11 and 34-10 overall records, respectively.
Page brings an impressive resume including two CAC titles, six SCAC titles and six trips to the NCAA Division III Regionals. Millsaps fell in the winner’s bracket of the NCAA Central Regional in 2009.
In the early 1990s, his teams claimed a record five consecutive conference championships (1990-94) and their first two NCAA Regional appearances in the '95 and '96 seasons. The 1996 team also led the nation in doubles and finished ranked 19th in the country.
Page played his college ball at Millsaps College (1981-85) under head coach Tommy Ranager, who in turn, was selected into the Millsaps Hall of Fame in 1998 alongside Page. Page not only earned MVP honors his sophomore and senior seasons, but was named team captain as well. In Page’s senior season, he hit a blistering .487 from the plate, a record that still stands today.
Over 70 of his former players have been selected to the All-SCAC team, 26 have been selected to the all-region team, nine tabbed all-americans and six players chosen in the MLB Draft. Page has also coached 11 SCAC Players of the Year, including Garner Wetzel, (2005, 2006) Hunter Owen (2007, 2008) and Will Hawkins (2009) and five former Pitcher of the Year selections.
He is married to the former Cindy Yarbrough of Meridian and they have two daughters both at Millsaps, Caitlyn a senior and Jamie Blair a sophomore, along with two sons, Keaton and Case.