Cooper Farris was one of nine inducted into the Delta State University Sports and Alumni Coaches Hall of Fame class in Cleveland, Mississippi. A former second baseball for DSU, the Wareham Gatemen Head Coach became one the most successful baseball coaches in Mississippi, leading Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College baseball program for 19 years.
Coach Farris won 698 games at MGCCC; leading his teams to the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior College State Championships twice and also twice captured National Junior College Athletic Association Region 23 title. He led his 1991 squad to the NJCAA College World Series. His resume also inlcudes an amazing 15 MACJC South State titles.
Brought to Wareham in 2001 by President and General Manager John Wylde, Cooper made an immediate impact – winning the Cape Cod League Championship in his first and second seasons in the Gatemen dugout. Coach Farris now enters his 12th season in Wareham and is one of the most tenured coaches in the prestigious summer collegiate baseball league. His Gatemen have made the playoffs 6 times and in addition to his two championships, he has made 5 appearances in the division finals; including the last two seasons and made another CCBL Championship Final in 2006.
Prior to coming to the CCBL, Coach Farris coach from 1996 – 2000 in the Shennandoah Valley Collegiate Summer League.
In Wareham, Coach Farris has coached future major leaguers such as David Murphy, Matt Murton, Daniel Bard, Justin Masterson, Jeremy Sowers, Ike Davis, John Ely and Wade LeBlanc. In all, he has coached 36 MLB players.
A fixture in the Wareham community now each summer, Coach Farris is known as a hard worker and tremendous teacher of the game. In a few short weeks, he will assemble his 12th Gatemen team at Spillane Field but his first as a Hall of Famer.