Scott Sims: South Georgia College

Scott Sims

Scott Sims was a fixture at South Georgia College for 21 years and a very successful junior college baseball coach. The longtime skipper amassed 589 victories in his 21 seasons (1990-2011) of leading the Tigers. He was inducted into the NJCAA Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2012 and into the Georgia Dugout Club Hall of Fame in 2013.

During Sims’ tenure, he led the Tigers to 18 postseason appearances (including 16 straight) and finished runner-up in Region 17 five times. He saw 18 of his players drafted and one that played Major League Baseball (Jason Childers).

In his final season as head coach in 2011, South Georgia College won the East Central District and advanced to the NJCAA Division I World Series. In Grand Junction, Colo., the Tigers went 1-2 in their first appearance in the tournament since 1970 and the team was honored with the W. Homa Thomas Sportsmanship Award.

Sims began his coaching career in his hometown of Kirksville, Ohio, shortly after graduating from Eastern Kentucky. One year later, he returned to get a master’s degree and worked as a graduate assistant coach under Jim Ward.

When Sims completed his master’s, he found a job coaching baseball, football and basketball at a high school in Georgia where he led the program to two state semifinal appearances in his eight years.

That led him to South Georgia College.

Sims was honored as the Region 17 Coach of the Year in 2010 and both the NJCAA and ABCA East Central District Coach of the Year in 2011.

In addition to his contributions on the field, Sims served as the NJCAA Region 17 Assistant Men’s Director from 1999-2009. Well-respected by his peers, he was the chair of the Region 17 baseball committee from 1996-2000 as well as chair of the region’s standard’s and ethics committee from 2000-11.

South Georgia College annually awards a SGC Foundation scholarship in his honor.