In Southern Miss folklore, the names Pete Taylor and Hill Denson
are legendary. Not only are the
two among the greatest coaches in
school history, but they also are
immortalized as the namesakes of
the Golden Eagles’ home stadium.
Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson
Field has been the home of Southern
Miss baseball since 1984, when the facility
was opened. “The Pete” as it is nicknamed,
has seated more than a million fans who
have entered its gates. During that time, the
Golden Eagles have been regularly among
the top teams in the nation in attendance.
The stadium is named in honor of C.J.
“Pete” Taylor, who remains a dedicated Golden Eagle fan after serving the University in a variety of
capacities until his retirement.
Taylor became the 10th base-
ball coach in Southern Miss his-
tory and guided the Golden Eagle
baseball program from 1959-83.
Nine years ago, Hill Denson Field was
added to the name of the park in honor of
the man, who carried the torch after Taylor
and took the baseball program to the next
level, a higher status where it currently competes today.
( 2,054 chairback seats; 1,212 bleacher seats)
(eight on second level and four on third level)
Playing Surface: Tifton 419 Hybrid Bermuda
(March 30, 2011 vs. Ole Miss)
LF: 340, CF: 400, RF: 340, Alleys: 365
One of Taylor’s pupils, Denson took the
reins from his mentor in 1984 and took the
Golden Eagles to unprecedented heights.
In his 14 seasons as the head coach at
Southern Miss, Denson compiled a 468-
386-2 record, guiding the program to 10
30-win seasons, two 40-win seasons and
two trips to the NCAA Regional Tournament,
the school’s first in all three categories.
The stadium features chairback seating for 2,054 fans and bleacher seating for
1,212, after its current renovation for the
2012 season. The facility upgrade extended
the main grandstand past each dugout to
give it a more overall stadium look. The
extended grandstands eliminated the bleacher seating that had been utilized down each
of the base lines.
The stadium also has media facilities and
a popular right field lounge area known as
the “Right Field Roost,” which has reserved
parking for 40 vehicles and is equipped with
Since the park first opened, it has undergone numerous improvements. In 1991, the