Richy Harrelson, “The Bazooka from Iuka,” takes on the role as head coach of Northeast Mississippi Community College's baseball program beginning in 2016.
Harrelson was been alongside former Tigers headman Kent Farris for much of his success at Northeast, including in 2008 when the Tigers recorded a 32-18 record and finished as the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) North Division runner-up.
That team also qualified for the MACJC State Tournament and the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region 23 Tournament with Harrelson serving as pitching coach.
Following a successful first stint at Northeast, Harrelson accepted a position at the University of Southern Mississippi and guided them to their first-ever NCAA Super Regional in 2009 after downing host Georgia Tech to win the NCAA Atlanta Regional.
The Golden Eagles continued their surge with a sweep of the University of Florida in the NCAA Gainesville Super Regional to advance to the first NCAA College World Series in school history.
Harrelson and the Golden Eagles did not fare as well in Omaha, Neb., with losses to perennial powers the University of Texas (7-6) and University of North Carolina (11-4) to end their campaign at legendary Johnny Rosenblatt Stadium with a 40-26 record.
Magic struck again in 2010 when Southern Miss ran the tables through the Conference USA (C-USA) Tournament in Houston, Texas, to win the championship over Rice University by a score of 7-4 to earn the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
At Southern Miss, Harrelson oversaw the Golden Eagles' outfielders, hitters and coached first base. He instructed Chad Caillet, who topped C-USA in each of the last three years in several statistics, including walks, hit by pitches, on-base percentage, RBIs, sacrifice bunts, sacrifice flies and runs scored.
Prior to his 2008 season with the Tigers, Harrelson was a successful coach at the prep level. He helped Lafayette County High School compile a 105-80 record during his time in Oxford.
The Commodores won 14 postseason contests under the tutelage of Harrelson and also captured the 2006 Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 4A state title at Trustmark Park, which is the home stadium of the Southern League's Mississippi Braves.
During his final year at Lafayette County, Harrelson led the Commodores to a 23-11 record. They reached the MHSAA playoffs for a fourth straight year and lost to Neshoba Central High School in the Class 4A North Half semifinals.
Harrelson made his mark on the Hill Country baseball community during his prep career at Iuka High School and then Tishomingo County High School after consolidation merged three local schools together. While a Chieftain and Brave from 1989-92, Harrelson placed himself among the nation’s best.
He is still listed in the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Baseball Record Book in the categories of career hits (236), career RBIs (226) and career pitching wins (55).
Harrelson began his coaching career as an assistant with the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) in 1997 before moving to Hillcrest Christian School in Jackson one year later.
Harrelson continued his playing days on the diamond out of Tishomingo County by signing a scholarship to enroll at Ole Miss. He saw time as a third baseman and pitcher for the Rebels from 1993-96.
Ole Miss won two Mayor’s Trophy games over rival Mississippi State University at historic Smith-Wills Stadium in Jackson while Harrelson starred with the Rebels.
Harrelson was part of the 1995 Rebel team that won a then-school record 40 games and earned the program’s first NCAA Regional bid since 1977. Ole Miss finished on the verge of its first NCAA College World Series appearance since 1972, placing second at the NCAA Atlantic I Regional behind host Florida State University.
Harrelson also played one season in the prestigious Cape Cod League in Massachusetts during the summer of 1994 and one year as a professional in 1997.
The local legend returned home in 2011-12 to once again assist Farris and the Tigers. He was an integral part of the 2013 team that won the MACJC North Division championship for the first time in 21 years and won its opening round playoff series against Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.
Northeast hosted the MACJC State Tournament for the first time in its current format one season ago with Harrelson on the bench. Approximately 1,250 fans packed the seating areas of Harold T. White Field to watch the Tigers face Jones County Junior College and East Central Community College as part of seven games in three days.
Harrelson and his wife Hope have two children, Gage and Mary Cille. His mom and dad, Jerry and Lana, also live in Booneville and are avid supporters of Northeast's baseball program.
Jon Andy Scott
Jon Andy Scott, the son of Northeast Mississippi Community College Sports Hall of Fame coach Ray Scott, will don the black and gold once again as he guides the Tigers' pitching staff for a third consecutive campaign in 2016.
He was instrumental in guiding Northeast to a first-round best-of-three playoff victory over Pearl River Community College. Northeast earned the right to host the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) State Tournament for the inaugural time under its current format with the series win.
Scott finished his playing career with two seasons at the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) after putting on the Northeast uniform during the 2009 season.
During his senior year, Scott made nine relief appearances and posted a 0.77 earned run average (ERA) and was a part of three shutouts with the Rebels.
Scott tossed 11.2 innings for Ole Miss and did not allow an earned run until his final appearance on the mound against Arkansas State University on May 15, 2012.
He fanned five against one walk while allowing just three runs. He saw action in shutouts versus the University of Houston (Texas), Jackson State University and the University of Central Arkansas.
Scott made two relief appearances as a junior on the Oxford campus. He opened his career at Ole Miss with a scoreless inning of relief that included three strikeouts and one walk against Austin Peay State (Tenn.) University on March 2, 2011.
The Booneville native also took the hill later in the season for head coach Mike Bianco's club against Southeast Missouri State University.
Scott was a steward in the classroom as well during his time at Ole Miss. At the culmination of his junior year, Scott was named to the prestigious Southeastern Conference (SEC) Spring Academic Honor Roll.
Scott was one of 61 Ole Miss student-athletes to receive the accolade and was one of only 10 Rebel diamond standouts that were placed on this phenomenal list.
As a member of Northeast's 2009 baseball team, Scott was one of seven Tigers to be inducted into the Iota Zeta chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society. He joined Wheeler's Neal Tice, Kossuth's Patrick Hinton, Iuka's Seth Kennedy, Pontotoc's Nick McGregor, Oxford's Jake Mills and Clinton's Phillip Chapman.
For inclusion into the Phi Theta Kappa honor society, Scott attained a 3.5 grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale to join and maintained a 3.25 GPA to stay in good standing with the organization throughout his time at Northeast.
Scott lifted Northeast to a 33-14 record and a 17-7 mark in the MACJC North Division in 2009. The Tigers hosted the opening round of the state playoffs after claiming the division runner-up spot.
He appeared in 11 games for the Tigers and threw 49 total innings. Scott gave up just 19 earned runs while striking out 46 and allowing 22 walks.
He posted a 6-4 mark during his only year at Northeast and had a 2.71 ERA.
Scott was a part of 21 games during his collegiate career. He tossed 56.2 innings with zero home runs conceded and 52 strikeouts compared to only 25 walks.
He lettered at Booneville High School under the tutelage of Bo Sandlin prior to signing with Northeast and batted .445 as a senior in 2007. Scott also sported a solid 0.78 ERA on the mound in 45 innings pitched.
Scott, was a two-time All-Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Division 1, Class 3A first-team selection. He also clocked time with the Jackson 96'ers and the Tallahatchie Rascals of the Cotton States Baseball League in New Albany.