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ICC Baseball To Host Inaugural Fall League
Release Date:5/22/2017
Itawamba Community College

FULTON, MS - The Itawamba Community College baseball team is set to host its inaugural Fall Baseball League at Roy Cresap Field on the Fulton Campus.

The program’s six-week league will run from September 4 through October 12 and is open to student-athletes going into the 10th to 12th grades. Each player will go through a pro-style showcase before league play begins. Games will be played each Tuesday and Wednesday from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and a strict pitch count will be enforced during league play.

Cost for the league is $150 per person and will be open to the first 80 paid participants. Registration for the league will close on Monday, July 31.

For more information or to register email Coach Justin Bryant at Registration forms are also available on the baseball homepage of

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Tristan Moore Embracing Professional Basketball Opportunity In Mexico
Release Date: 5/22/2017
Northwest Mississippi Community College

CALERA, ZACATECAS, MEXICO – While Tristan Moore may be worlds away from the NBA, the former Northwest Mississippi Community College standout is still right at home on the hardwood.

Moore, a Senatobia native, is now making the most of the latest stop on his hoops journey in Mexico, suiting up for Zanahorias de Calera in the inaugural season of LEDT (Liga de Desarollo de Talentos), a basketball showcase league located in the province of Zacatecas.

"This is a great opportunity to start my professional career," Moore said. "I've spoken with older players and they have told me that I'm in a great situation. Some players have started their careers in bad situations, such as not having transportation, living in dangerous areas and not getting the full amount of money from their contracts, but I have received everything that I've been promised and so much more."

Moore played two seasons with the Rangers from 2012-14 and played in 48 career games, averaging 9.4 points, 2.9 assists, 2.6 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game. His sophomore season is where he did most of his damage, however, finishing with 13.2 points, 3.9 assists and 3.0 rebounds per game, earning first team all-conference, NJCAA All-Region 23 and MACJC All-Star selections.

From Northwest, Moore signed with Mississippi College and averaged 12.5 points per game in two seasons with the Choctaws. He was named to the National Christian College Athletic Association All-Mideast Region Team his junior season.

Moore graduated from MC in 2016 with a degree in kinesiology and had plans to apply for graduate school in the College of Business at Ole Miss, with the hopes of someday becoming an athletic director.

However, the sport of basketball wasn't quite finished with Moore.

"I got a call from an agent about my highlight film," Moore recalled. "He told me about a potential opportunity with a semi-pro team in Jackson. I got the opportunity to train in Vicksburg with (former D-League player) Michael Ammons and (Harlem Globetrotter) Chris Hype. I spent two months training and traveling back and forth between Vicksburg and Senatobia."

Moore earned a spot with the American Basketball Association's Jackson Showboats before the start of the season in October and played in roughly 15-16 games, typically playing two per weekend. When the ABA season ended in February, another opportunity came knocking.

"Another agent (Nathan Broussard) saw me training and told me that I was better than the ABA level," Moore said. "He made a few calls about playing in Mexico in a new startup league."

It would be a quick turnaround for Moore, who left for Mexico on March 16, less than two weeks after receiving his passport. He was then drafted by Zanahorias de Calera (translated in English to 'Calera Carrots') in one of the two allotted roster spots for international players.

So far, Moore has played in every contest for Calera and scored his season-high of 42 points in a win against Mineros de Zacatecas. Calera is also 11-3 on the season and currently sits atop the league standings, slightly under the halfway mark of the league's 30-game regular season schedule.

Being in another country isn't the only difference Moore has experienced. In his words, the game is more physical in his league with things such as "a little tap on the wrist" not being regarded as fouls.

In addition to the added physicality, the overall strategy of the game differs from its American counterpart.

"Here they rely more on passing," Moore said. "They move without the ball as opposed to isolation basketball in America. Part of that could be that the ball handlers here aren't as prolific as in the U.S."

While he's currently enjoying his experience in Mexico, Moore is constantly looking ahead to his future and still has hopes of following through with his plans to attend graduate school.

For now, though, even more opportunities are opening for him in the sport he loves.

"My agent is working on a deal in Finland or in Austria," Moore said. "As it stands right now, those are my options, but when I find the time while pursuing my basketball career, I still want to follow through with my academic goal."

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Adams Named MGCCC Women’s Basketball Coach
Release Date: 5/17/2017
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

PERKINSTON — Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College has named Hope Adams its new women’s head basketball coach.

The college’s Board of Trustees approved Adams today.

“I’m really excited about becoming the next head coach here at Gulf Coast,” she said. “It’s a dream come true. I think we have got good recruits coming in, and we have built great chemistry with the girls that are coming back. I feel like God has provided me the opportunity of a lifetime.”

Adams was the Lady Bulldogs’ assistant coach last season. She had been an assistant coach at Oxford High School, where the teams went 47-13 from 2014-16. The Lady Chargers were region champs in 2015 and advanced to the state quarterfinals in 2016.

Adams played at the University of Memphis as a freshman, then went on to be a first-team All-MACJC and All-Region 23 selection at Northwest Mississippi in 2009-10. She played at Union University in 2010-11, where the team went 31-2 on the way to the NAIA national championship game. She earned All-TranSouth Conference honors at Union.

She graduated with a bachelor's in sports medicine from Union. Adams is a certified personal trainer and sports nutritionist.

Adams has three children, Jayden Curtis, 8, Janila Curtis, 8, and Jaycee Curtis, 5.

She’s going to stress discipline and structure to her team.

“We want to get the kids to buy into our foundation,” Adams said. “Once you get the kids to buy in and they feel like they can trust you and that you really care about them, they’ll work hard for you. We’re going to teach them to get out there and play some ball and don’t quit.”

For more information on MGCCC’s 10 intercollegiate athletic teams, follow @MGCCCAthletics on Twitter and BulldogLIVE on Facebook, and go to

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Registration Is Open For The ICC Football Golf Tournament
Release Date: 5/15/2017
Itawamba Community College

The Itawamba Community College football program will hold its annual Golf Tournament May 19, 2017 at Big Oaks Golf Course.

The Tournament will be a four person scramble and registration is $300 per team. Entry deadline is May 18th and the field is limited to 20 teams. Registration forms are available on the home page.

Included with registration, participants will get 18 holes of golf, range balls prior to tournament, complimentary dinner, one mulligan and gift for each golfer. Other prizes and extras are also avaialble.

The Tournament will begin with registraion at 10 a.m., followed by a shotgun start at 12:35 p.m.

For more information, contact Coach Sean Cannon at 662-862-8117 or

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Golf Bulldogs Head To NJCAA Tournament
Release Date: 5/19/2017
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

PERKINSTON — Mississippi Gulf Coast’s golf team has faced demanding competition in the MACJC this year.

It unseated the Bulldogs as state and region champions, but they realize another opponent has caused a fair bit of problems: consistency.

Sixth-ranked Gulf Coast heads to Mesa, Ariz., for the NJCAA Division II Championship. The 72-hole tournament will be played May 23-26 at the Longbow Golf Club.

“The five guys I have, I still say from first to fifth is the strongest I’ve had,” Bulldogs coach Tommy Snell said. “We haven’t played that way. We ran away with the first two tournaments, then took a nosedive. It’s just consistency. “

MGCCC has finished third, third and fourth the past three years at nationals. The Bulldogs sprinted out of the gates at the start of the season, blitzing the field in their first two MACJC events.

But they haven’t won since, stumbling in one round or another to sabotage a fine effort in the other.

The five-man team will practice Saturday at Arizona State University’s golf course, which has greens similar to Longbow. That work will focus on putting and the short game.

They’ll place practice rounds Sunday and Monday where they’ll try to shape their strategies for each hole. Snell wants to see his players be committed to their shot selections so they can be confident standing at each tee.

They played at Fallen Oak on Tuesday, and Jackson Wedgeworth (Fr., West Jones/Soso) shot even-par despite bogeying the final two holes. He also just finished second in the state amateur qualifying tournament.

Wyatt Adkison (So., East Central/Hurley), Colin Troxler (So., Hahnville/Luling, La.), Jonathon Newman (So., North Pike/Summit) and Logan Leary (Fr., Gonzales/Dutchtown, La.) have also been playing well.

The NJCAA Tournament is the only time the team plays in a 72-hole tournament. Players and teams can catch lightning in a bottle for one round in a two-day event, but the longer event will reveal flaws.

“I love four days because it pretty much brings the best team and best players to the top,” Snell said, “and if we’re not the best team we don’t deserve to win.”

For more information on MGCCC’s 10 intercollegiate athletic teams, follow @MGCCCAthletics on Twitter and BulldogLIVE on Facebook, and go to

Rodeo Headlines
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East Mississippi Men’s Rodeo Team Qualifies For College National Finals Rodeo In Wyoming
Release Date: 5/2/2017
East Mississippi Community College

SCOOBA – The East Mississippi Community College men’s rodeo team has qualified for next month’s College National Finals Rodeo for the first time in program history after finishing the regular season as reserve champions of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association’s Ozark Region. The 2017 CNFR will take place June 11-17 at the Casper Events Center in Casper, Wyoming.

Coach Morgan Goodrich’s EMCC Lions qualified for their first-ever CNFR team appearance by finishing as runners-up of the NIRA’s Ozark Region with 4,710 cumulative team points earned during 10 regional events split between the fall and spring campaigns. Sitting behind only Missouri Valley College (7,200 points) within the regional men’s standings, EMCC’s second-place team effort during this past weekend’s season-ending, UA Cossatot-hosted Colts College Rodeo held in Texarkana, Arkansas lifted the Lions past Southern Arkansas University (4,505 points) for the second and final CNFR men’s team spot from the Ozark Region.

While preparing for the school’s first-ever team appearance at college rodeo’s national championship, East Mississippi Community College was previously represented by individual qualifiers at the College National Finals Rodeo during each of the past six years since the program’s inception in 2010. A year ago in Wyoming while boasting the CNFR’s all-around champion cowboy and tie-down roping national champion Marcus Theriot, the Lions claimed a school-best, fifth-place national finish by collecting 510 team points.

Theriot will again look to headline EMCC’s rodeo squad at nationals by having repeated as the Ozark Region’s all-around men’s champion with 2,200 total points earned during the 2016-17 rodeo season. Along with edging out Missouri Valley’s Dalton Kingery by 45 points for the region’s all-around title, the Poplarville native also claimed the Ozark Region’s tie-down roping (730 points) and team roping header (815) championships for the second straight year. Theriot also repeated as the region’s reserve champion in steer wrestling (655 points).

Also rated among the Ozark Region’s top 10 all-around cowboys this year, EMCC’s Tristan Martin ranks eighth regionally with 730 total points. The McNeese State University transfer from Sulphur, Louisiana most recently won the steer wrestling event this past weekend at UA Cossatot and currently stands sixth in the event within the region. Martin also ranks fifth regionally in tie-down roping.

In team roping, East Mississippi’s Jace Harris, of Vilonia, Arkansas, is the region’s top heeler with 680 points after partnering with Southern Arkansas’ Cooper Lee to win the UA Cossatot title. Fellow EMCC team roping heeler Ethan Wheeler (Pisgah, AL) follows close behind in third place regionally with 480 points.

Also representing EMCC during this year’s CNFR will be North Pontotoc High School product Cooper Christensen, who will compete in steer wrestling along with teammates Theriot and Martin.

Last season marked the second straight year that East Mississippi had three competitors participate in the College National Finals Rodeo. A year ago en route to the Lions’ No. 5 national men’s finish, Theriot was joined by saddle bronc rider Kody Rinehart. EMCC was also represented by 2015-16 Ozark Region all-around women’s champion Katelyn Nicholson.

Annually showcasing more than 400 collegiate cowboys and cowgirls from four-year universities and two-year junior colleges located throughout the country, the College National Finals Rodeo is where the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA) annually crowns individual event champions in saddle bronc riding, bareback riding, calf roping, steer wrestling, bull riding, team roping, barrel racing, breakaway roping, and goat tying. The top three student-athletes in each event and the top two men’s and women’s teams from each of the NIRA’s 11 regions annually qualify for the CNFR.

Men's Soccer Headlines
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ICC’s Blake Signs With Belhaven
Release Date: 5/4/2017
Itawamba Community College

FULTON, MS – Itawamba Community College Men’s Soccer standout Thomas Blake has signed a National Letter of Intent to continue his career at Belhaven University.

“I’m excited to play at Belhaven,” said Blake. “They have a solid team and I’m excited to play two more years of soccer.”

The Fulton native began his soccer career later than most as his high school didn’t add soccer until 2012. However, Blake worked hard at his position and earned a scholarship from ICC Head Coach Mike Sullivan.

“I’m thankful for my high school coaches and Coach Sullivan for giving me the opportunity to play at ICC,” said Blake. “I had a great time here (ICC), and made a lot of friends that I’m going to miss.”

Blake played in nine game as a freshmen at ICC and earned two starts, but his hard work during the offseason earned the starting keeper job for his sophomore season where he started 13 of 14 games.

Last season, Blake made 57 saves and helped the Indians earn a big shutout victory over Jones County Junior College.

“He’s been a great keeper for us for two years,” said Sullivan. “He’s fearless in the goal and anybody who’s competing with him for the position at Belhaven is going to have their hands full.”

Blake is the eighth Indians to sign with Belhaven since 2015 and will join former teammate Sabi Malli in Jackson next season.

“I’m really excited for Thomas,” said Sullivan. “Belhaven’s a great school that we’ve had several guys go to and have success and I’m excited that Thomas gets to continue his career there because he’s a tireless worker that’s going to fit that team really well.”

Blake finished his career at ICC with 81 total saves over 23 games.

For more information on ICC men’s soccer and the nine other intercollegiate athletic programs, follow ICC Athletics on Twitter(@LetsGoICC) and visit

Women's Soccer Headlines
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SMCC's Kennedy Mount Signs To Collegiate Continue Career With Belhaven
Release Date: 5/19/2017
Southwest Mississippi Community College

Kennedy Mount, a midfielder for the Southwest Lady Bears soccer team, has signed a scholarship to continue her collegiate career with Coach Josue Sabillon and the Belhaven University Lady Blazers.

A graduate of D’ Iberville High School, Mount was a two-year starter for the Lady Bears. She said she chose to go with the Lady Blazers because she “loved the atmosphere of the school as a whole. Belhaven gave me the option to delve deeper into my exercise science degree, to keep playing the game I love and to study around a Christ-centered view.”

While at Southwest, Mount said she “learned a lot and grew as a person. My professors and coaches prepared me for a university and I made a lot of great memories on and off the field.”

Lady Bears head coach Bee Casey said Mount’s “passion for soccer and hard work helped Southwest tremendously. During her time at Southwest she filled her teammates and campus with pride and continuous leadership. I am proud of Kennedy’s work ethic and look forward to her success at Belhaven.”

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No. 4 LSU-Eunice Scores Twice In Bottom Of 7th To Beat No.1 JCJC
Release Date: 5/21/2017
Jones County Junior College

CLINTON – It was a heartbreaking loss for top-ranked Jones County Junior College.

No. 4 LSU-Eunice scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh – the tying run on a wild pitch and the winning run on a squeeze play – to stun the Lady Bobcats 8-7 in the championship game of the NJCAA Division II National Tournament here Saturday afternoon at Traceway Park.

It was the second straight year for LSU-Eunice to beat JCJC in the title game and the third time in four years.

The Lady Bobcats end the season with a 55-4 record, a school record for victories.

The Lady Bobcats had put themselves in a hole by losing to Johnson County (Kansas) 10-7 in the second round of the tournament on Thursday. That forced JCJC to have to win seven straight games to win the tournament.

They won a loser’s bracket game on Thursday, took three games on Friday and beat No.3 Phoenix College (Arizona) 8-1 in an elimination game on Saturday morning.

That would put JCJC in the championship game against LSU-Eunice and they would have to beat the Lady Bengals twice.

They were three outs away from beating LSU-Eunice in the first game, taking a 7-6 lead into the bottom of the seventh.

But Jordan Bishop led off with a single and Emily Henderson followed with another single. Jeannemarie Angelle sacrificed the runners to second and third.

A wild pitch sent Abby Trahan home. She was initially called out, but the ball was knocked loose and she was ruled safe.

Haley Godeaux then executed the squeeze play perfectly and the Lady Bengals had captured their fifth national championship.

As expected, the game was close throughout.

JCJC took a 1-0 lead in the first when Kelsha Loftin (doubled) and Kelly Byrd (Copiah Academy) singled. Autumn Frost’s (East Webster) single scored Loftin.

The Lady Bobcats went up 3-0 in the third when Cori McCrary (Carroll Academy), Loftin and Frost singled to load the bases. Emily Robinson (Lafayette) came through with a two-out, two-run single.

The Lady Bengals got on the board in the bottom of the third when Sierra Gasca walked and Rebecca Skains smacked a two-run home run.

LSU-Eunice took its first lead in the fourth. Angelle doubled and scored on a single by Mima Doucet. Gasca’s single scored Doucet. Molly Wilson followed with a single, but Loftin in centerfield threw home to Hogue and nailed Gasca at the plate.

The Lady Bobcats quickly regained the lead in the fifth when Frost doubled and Brittany Baty (Northeast Lauderdale) crushed a home run to left to make it 5-4.

Robinson then singled, Natalie Hogue (Harrison Central) was hit by a pitch and Taylor Murray (Parklane Academy) reached on a bunt single to load the bases. McCrary’s fielder’s choice drove in Robinson to make it 6-4.

Skains led off the bottom of the fifth with her second home run of the game to cut the lead to 6-5.

JCJC went up 7-5 in the sixth when Byrd reached on an error, took second on a wild pitch and third on a ground out. She scored on a single by Robinson.

In the bottom of the sixth, Bobbi Smith reached on an error and Gasca singled. A wild pitch advanced the runners and Wilson’s single scored Smith. Skains then hit a fly ball to left that was caught. Gasca tagged up and scored, but on appeal, she was ruled to have third base too early and was ruled out.

Frost doubled and singled twice for JCJC with Robinson getting three singles and three RBIs. Loftin doubled and singled. Baty homered with McCrary, Byrd and Murray adding singles.

Amanda Holliday (Watson, Louisiana) went the final 2 1/3 innings and took the loss. She allowed four runs (three earned) and six hits. Starter Karli Perque (Westwego, Louisiana) went three innings, allowed two runs, two hits, walked two and struck out three. Madison Burge (Harrison Central) pitched an inning in the middle, allowed two runs and four hits.

Skains homered twice and singled for the Lady Bengals. Angelle doubled and singled, while Wilson and Gasca singled twice. Bishop, Henderson and Doucet added singles.

Hannah Vidallier went the final three innings and got the win. She allowed one run (unearned), two hits and walked one. Starter Abigail Leonards went four innings, allowed six runs, 10 hits, walked two and struck out one.

LSU-Eunice ends the year at 53-11.

Frost, Byrd, Loftin, Hogue and Perque were named to the All-Tournament Team.

Baty was named the Tournament’s Most Outstanding Defensive Player.

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Cudd Named MGCCC Student-Athlete Of The Week
Release Date: 5/22/2017
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

PERKINSTON — Reid Cudd has been named MGCCC Student-Athlete of the Week for May 15-21.

Cudd, a freshman from Wiggins, advanced to the finals of the No. 5 singles consolation bracket at the NJCAA Division I Men’s Tennis Tournament in Plano, Texas. He battled an arm injury and helped Gulf Coast to a 16th-place finish.

Also nominated:

Noah Rowell (Fr, Wiggins/Stone) advanced to the No. 4 singles quarterfinals in the main draw at the national tournament.

For more information on MGCCC’s 10 intercollegiate athletic teams, follow @MGCCCAthletics on Twitter and BulldogLIVE on Facebook, and go to

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ECCC To Hold Orientation Session For New Students April 28
Release Date: 4/12/2017
East Central Community College

Registering for fall 2017 classes is among the activities new and transfer students will participate in when East Central Community College holds its first Orientation Session Friday, April 28, on the Decatur campus.

The Orientation session will be from 9 a.m. to Noon beginning in Huff Auditorium. New students will be welcomed by ECCC President Dr. Billy Stewart, view a virtual campus tour, and receive information on financial aid, admissions, housing and student activities, and discipline and security. Following a tutorial on registering for classes using the college’s myEC portal, new students will move to their programs of study to be advised by faculty and register for fall classes.

Following registration, members of the college’s Warrior Corps student recruiting group will take the new students on a walking tour of campus. New students will be able to acquire their student IDs and parking permits. Students should bring a photo ID and their license tag number with them to Orientation.

In order to attend the Orientation and register for fall-term classes, students must complete three steps in admissions: ECCC Application for Admission (available online at; ACT or Accuplacer scores, which will be used for placement in English and mathematics courses; and high school/college transcripts. Transfer students must have all college transcripts on file before they can register for classes.

Students who have already satisfied all three steps in the admissions process will have received information from the Office of Admissions on how to register for the Orientation Session on April 28.

East Central will also hold Orientation for new and transfer students for the fall 2017 term from 9 a.m. to Noon on Wednesday, June 7.

Fall 2017 on-campus classes begin on Monday, Aug. 14.

New students who have questions about their admissions status should contact the Office of Admissions at or 601-635-6207. For more information about the Orientation on April 28, contact Dr. Randall Lee, vice president for student services, at 601-635-6204 or

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2017-18 Northwest Cheer Squad Announced
Release Date: 5/2/2017
Northwest Mississippi Community College

SENATOBIA – Twenty students at Northwest Mississippi Community College have been selected as Ranger cheerleaders for the 2017-18 season, according to cheer coach and sponsor Liesl Mote.

Tryouts were held at the McLendon Center on the Senatobia campus April 28-29.

Students selected for this year's squad are: Callaghan Basil, Zabian Blanchard, Satsha Burden, Caitlyn Dora, Lindsey Douglas, Sarah Ewing, Olivia Fields, Julian Gray, Landyn Hoover, Erin James, Tori Beth Jenkins, Morgan Jones, Lauren Marshall, Kentareus McNeal, Betsy Merrell, Tyler Randle, McKenzie Richardson, Alexis Redd and Kelsey Taylor.

This year's mascot is Tillman McMahon and team captains are Kelsey Taylor and Sarah Ewing.

The Ranger cheerleaders are a non-competitive squad that cheers at all football games and all home basketball games. They travel with sporting teams to regular season games, playoff games and tournaments. Scholarships are available for those participating in cheerleading.

For more information, contact Mote at (662) 562-3899 or email

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    2017 MACJC Softball
    Jones vs.
    MS Gulf Coast

    Game Date: 5/07/2017
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    2017 MACJC Softball
    Jones vs.
    MS Gulf Coast

    Game Date: 5/06/2017
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    2017 MACJC Softball
    Itawamba vs.
    MS Gulf Coast

    Game Date: 5/06/2017
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    2017 MACJC Softball
    Itawamba vs.
    East Central

    Game Date: 5/06/2017

All-Time Winningest NJCAA Coaches From
The Mississippi Association of Community & Junior Colleges (MACJC)

Gwyn Young
Co-Lin CC
Winningest Active Women’s Basketball Head Coach
Record: 907-254

Gene Murphy
Hinds CC
Winningest Active
Football Head Coach
Record: 172-76-5

George Sekul
MS Gulf Coast CC
1966-1991 - 26 Seasons
Two Football National Championships
Record: 205-77-5

Bobby Franklin
1981-2004 - 25 Seasons
Two Football National Championships
Record: 201-57-6

Sim Cooley
Jones County JC
Football Head Coach
1961-1987 - 27 Seasons
Record: 187-92-5

Doug Williams
Hinds CC
Soccer Head Coach
8th Winningest Active Men’s Coach
Record: 222-80-19