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SOFTBALL: Sophomore second baseman Andi Barrett of Northwest Mississippi Community College has been named the MACJC Softball Player of the Week for games played Monday, April 14 through Sunday, April 20.
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SOFTBALL:  Sophomore second baseman Andi Barrett of Northwest Mississippi Community College has been named the MACJC Softball Player of the Week for games played Monday, April 14 through Sunday, April 20.
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ECCC Diamond Warriors Drop Twin Bill At Southwest
Release Date:4/24/2014
East Central Community College

Post-season hopes are still alive for the East Central Community College baseball team despite a doubleheader loss to Southwest Mississippi Community College Wednesday, April 23 in Summit.

The Diamond Warriors were edged 8-7 in the first contest and fell 7-3 in nightcap. EC is currently tied for fourth place in the MACJC South Division with MS Gulf Coast. Both teams are 9-13 in league play. Jones County leads the division at 17-5, followed by Hinds at 16-6; and Pearl River at 11-11. The top four teams qualify for a best-of-three series, with the winner advancing to the MACJC State Baseball Tournament. (Southwest is 9-15 and Co-Lin, 7-15). In the first game with Southwest, EC scored five runs in the top of the ninth for a 7-6 lead, only to have the Bears score twice in the bottom of the frame to claim the victory.

Chance Whitten led the Diamond Warriors with a triple and three singles. He was credited with three RBIs. Whitten is a product of South Panola High School.

Other hitters were Hunter Thrower of Southeast Lauderdale and Zach May of Newton County, two singles and RBI; and Maxwell Harmon of Enterprise and Dylan Little of Mary G. Montgomery (Ala.) High School, two singles each; and Kyle McCullough of Madison Ridgeland Academy and Jake Bush of Brookwood (Ala.) High School, singles each.

Runs were scored by Harmon, Little, McCullough, Bush, Whitten, Cojuante McMillian of Hamilton and Ryan Ward of Madison Ridgeland Academy.

In the second game, Southwest jumped out to a 5-0 first-inning lead and held on for the win. EC scored two runs in the second inning and one in the seventh. Little led the offense with two singles and an RBI. Thrower contributed an RBI single, and Harmon and Whitten had singles each.

Runs were scored by Bush, Whitten and Todd Hughes of Clarkdale. The Diamond Warriors travel to Hinds Community College Saturday, April 26. The division doubleheader begins at 2 p.m. on the Raymond campus. EC’s baseball program is led by head coach Neal Holliman and assistants Scott DeLoach and Ronald Sims.


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MGCCC’S Bilbo, Woods Sign With Four-year Colleges
Release Date: 4/23/2014
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

Two key players from the 2013-14 MACJC South Division Co-Championship team are moving on to the next level. Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College point guard Chris Bilbo has signed with Troy University while fellow Bulldog Roger Woods is head to The University of Arkansas-Little Rock.

Bilbo and Woods, both sophmores from Jackson, helped Gulf Coast go 19-7 in 2013-14 and both made the 2013-14 All Region 23 squad and the 2013-14 All-MACJC First Team.

Bilbo averaged 13.6 points per game this season while Woods led Gulf Coast in scoring with 19.1 points per outing. Woods, a sophomore from Jackson, scored in double figures in every game he played this season and scored 20 or more points 11 times.


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LADY TIGERS SCHEDULE OPEN TRYOUT FOR 2014-15 CAMPAIGN
Release Date: 4/24/2014
Northeast Mississippi Community College

Booneville, Miss. - One of the state’s most storied women’s basketball programs in Northeast Mississippi Community College is giving local prep athletes the chance to demonstrate their abilities and possibly earn a spot on the team.

The Lady Tigers will hold an open tryout for the upcoming 2014-15 season on Tuesday, April 29 with a scheduled start time of 4 p.m. inside legendary Bonner Arnold Coliseum.

Registration begins at 3:30 p.m. at the entrance of the gymnasium. Athletes must bring an up-to-date physical in order to partake in the session.

This tryout is for any player who has not signed a National Letter of Intent (NLI) with another institution of higher learning.

Each participant is expected to bring their own equipment, which includes but is not limited to athletic apparel and tennis shoes. Basketballs will be provided at the arena.

Players should expect a professional tryout format. Those in attendance have the opportunity to demonstrate their talents and showcase their skills at a variety of positions around the court.

Ladies will take shots from multiple spots on the hardwood and will be tested through a variety of drills administered by the coaching staff.

“We are hosting our spring tryouts,” said Lady Tigers head coach Brian Alexander, “and we invite all who are interested to come join us on this day.”

For more information about tryouts for the Northeast women’s basketball squad, contact Alexander at 662-720-7887 or by email at bcalexander@nemcc.edu or assistant coach Paul Nixon at 662-720-7159 or by email at penixon@nemcc.edu.


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Former PRCC Great Doug Daniels Hall Of Fame Inductee
Release Date: 4/24/2014
Pearl River Community College

POPLARVILLE - Former Pearl River Community College football great Doug Daniels will be inducted into the Mississippi Community and Junior College Sports Hall of Fame during ceremonies on Tuesday, April 29, in Jackson.

Daniels, 81, who lives in Poplarville with his wife, Phyllis, is one of 15 inductees into the class.

Daniels was a standout football player at PRCC from 1950-52 following an outstanding high school career at Poplarville High.

“This award means everything to me,” said Daniels. “Pearl River College has been in my life since I was a toddler. I used to play football on Sunday afternoons on the campus until I was old enough to play varsity ball. The school has always been a part of my life.”

As a 17-year-old PRCC freshman in 1950, Daniels started as a halfback and then played the balance of the year at defensive safety. He led the defense with six interceptions in six games, returned punts and kicked PATs.

When Daniels was a sophomore, late coach Dobie Holden, a Mississippi Community and Junior College Sports Hall of Fame inductee, moved him to quarterback. One of his best passing games was four touchdown passes in a 47-0 win at East Mississippi. He also handled all the punting and kicking duties.

Daniels, a PRCC Sports Hall of Fame inductee, was named to the All-State first team as the quarterback. He also received the PRCC J. J. Holcomb Outstanding Athlete Award.

“This is one of the great honors an athlete could have,” said Daniels. “I’m so humbled by the selection.”

Daniels played his first full season of football in 1948 as a junior at Poplarville High. Playing halfback and linebacker, his team was not scored on for the first eight games. The team lost one game in 1948 by two points and two games in 1949. After Daniels' senior year, he was awarded the J. J. Holcomb Award as PHS’s most outstanding athlete.

Daniels was recruited by Tulane University, the University of Southern Mississippi, and Southeastern Louisiana University. He chose Southeastern and alternated at quarterback, halfback, and safety on defense. Southeastern won the Gulf States Conference co-championship both years he played at SLU. In 1954, after receiving his mathematics degree, he joined the Army.

While in Germany, he played baseball and football for the 12th Infantry. His football team was the only undefeated team in Europe in 1955, and Daniels was selected as the Northern European All-Conference First-Team quarterback by Stars and Stripes newspaper.

In 1956, Daniels accepted the position of head coach and mathematics teacher at Poplarville High School, coaching football and baseball and teaching five math classes daily. In 1959, he was named “Coach of the Year” with Poplarville’s first undefeated/untied football team. The 1957 and 1959 PHS Baseball teams won the Desoto Conference Championship.

In 1966, he became district director of counseling and retired with 41 ½ years.

Doug and his wife, Phyllis, who is a 36-year PRCC business instructor retiree, have been married for 47 years and have three children, Darla (David), Dana (Kevin), and Bryan (Laura), and 13 grandchildren. The three children have degrees in math or communications.

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ECCC Golfers Participate In MACJC State Tourney
Release Date: 4/24/2014
East Central Community College

East Central Community College’s golf team completed the 2014 campaign by participating in the MACJC State Championship held April 22-23, 2014, at the Pine Burr Golf Club in Wiggins.

The Warrior linksters carded a two-day total of 639 (319-320) in the 36-hole competition, won by the Meridian Community College team, which shot 606 (315-291). MS Gulf Coast finished second at 607 (305-302), followed by Copiah-Lincoln, 609 (312-297); East MS, 611 (316-295); Northwest MS, 615 (311-304); Jones County, 629 (321-308); ECCC; Northeast MS, 640 (319-321); and Itawamba, 655 (330-325). East Central was led by Aaron Tucker, who carded rounds of 80 and 73 for a 153. Tucker is a product of Leake Central High School.

Taylor York of Choctaw Central shot 157 (74-83) for a 157 total, followed by Sawyer Williams, a product of Parkers Chapel in Eldorado, Ark., at 159 (79-80); Sam Williams of Newton County Academy, 171 (87-84); and Karlton Ginn of Franklinton (La.) High School, 174 (86-88).

Tucker, York and Sawyer Williams qualified to compete in the NJCAA Regionals scheduled May 2-3 at the Wolf Hollow Golf Club at Copiah-Lincoln Community College in Wesson. Williams was also selected on the MACJC All-State Second Team. Chris Clark serves as EC golf coach.


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Ben Cullum Wins Ozark Region In Bull Riding
Release Date: 4/14/2014
Northwest Mississippi Community College

SENATOBIA – Sophomore bull rider Ben Cullum of Northwest Mississippi Community College is headed to the prestigious College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR) after becoming the first Ranger since 1995 to win the Ozark Region in that event.

The CNFR is the "Rose Bowl" of college rodeo, with the 66th Annual event running from June 15-21 at the Casper Events Center in Casper, Wyo.

"I've been trying for the past year and a half to make it out west and ride with the big guys," Cullum said. "Knowing that I went in in eighth place and came out on top feels really great."

A native of Rossville, Tenn., Cullum is just the third Ranger to win the Ozark Region in bull riding in the last 37 years, joining Virgil Alsup (1995) and Eddie Halfacre (1978). He is the fourth Ranger, however, to qualify for Nationals in the last four years in this event along with Michael Crenshaw (2013), Lucas Boatwright (2012) and Brian Dowdy (2011).

"It really hasn't sunk in yet and it's a little overwhelming to know that I'm the first guy in 19 years to win the region," Cullum said. "The crowds will be bigger, the bulls are better and the competition will be more fierce. It's going to pump me up and make me ride even harder."

The National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA) will crown individual event champions in saddle bronc riding, bare back riding, bull riding, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, team roping, barrel racing, breakaway roping and goat tying. Team championships are also awarded to both men's and women's teams, with over 400 cowboys and cowgirls from over 100 universities and colleges competing from one of the NIRA's 11 regions.

Each contestant has three preliminary rounds of competition prior to the final round on Saturday night, June 21. Scores and times from those three rounds will be added up and the 12 contestants with the fastest total times or highest total scores will advance to the finals.

Complete information about the CNFR and daily results will be available at www.cnfr.com.

To learn about joining the Northwest Mississippi rodeo team or for more information, please contact head coach Bruce Lee by email at blee@northwestms.edu or by phone at (662) 562-3430.

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Hinds CC Soccer Camp Set For June 2-6
Release Date: 4/22/2014
Hinds Community College

RAYMOND – The ultra-successful men's and women's soccer programs at Hinds Community College will be hosting their annual youth soccer camps once again. The week-long camp runs June 2-6 for boys and girls ages 7-14. The camp will start each morning at 8 a.m. on the Hinds Raymond Campus and will end each afternoon at 4:30 p.m.

Instructors for the camp are Doug Williams, head men's soccer coach at Hinds, and Marcille McLendon, head women's soccer coach at Hinds. The pair will be assisted by current Hinds assistant coaches Brandon Mitchell (men's) and Amanda Smith (women's), along with former Eagles and Lady Eagles soccer players.

A major emphasis of the camp will be placed on technique training, tactics and most importantly, fun. The morning sessions will consist of technique training and a skills challenge. Indoor tactical training, swimming in the Hinds natatorium and outdoor games will dominate the afternoon sessions.

The cost of the camp is $150 for those who pre-register before May 15 and $175 for anyone paying after that date. Checks need to be made payable to HCC Soccer Camp.

To download an application, go to either the men’s or women’s soccer page on the Hinds athletic website, www.hindsccsports.com.

For more information, call Doug Williams at 601.857.3342 (drwilliams@hindscc.edu) or Marcille McLendon at 601.857.3331 (marion.mclendon@hindscc.edu).


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Hinds CC Soccer Camp Set For June 2-6
Release Date: 4/22/2014
Hinds Community College

RAYMOND – The ultra-successful men's and women's soccer programs at Hinds Community College will be hosting their annual youth soccer camps once again. The week-long camp runs June 2-6 for boys and girls ages 7-14. The camp will start each morning at 8 a.m. on the Hinds Raymond Campus and will end each afternoon at 4:30 p.m.

Instructors for the camp are Doug Williams, head men's soccer coach at Hinds, and Marcille McLendon, head women's soccer coach at Hinds. The pair will be assisted by current Hinds assistant coaches Brandon Mitchell (men's) and Amanda Smith (women's), along with former Eagles and Lady Eagles soccer players.

A major emphasis of the camp will be placed on technique training, tactics and most importantly, fun. The morning sessions will consist of technique training and a skills challenge. Indoor tactical training, swimming in the Hinds natatorium and outdoor games will dominate the afternoon sessions.

The cost of the camp is $150 for those who pre-register before May 15 and $175 for anyone paying after that date. Checks need to be made payable to HCC Soccer Camp.

To download an application, go to either the men’s or women’s soccer page on the Hinds athletic website, www.hindsccsports.com.

For more information, call Doug Williams at 601.857.3342 (drwilliams@hindscc.edu) or Marcille McLendon at 601.857.3331 (marion.mclendon@hindscc.edu).


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Third-seeded EMCC Lady Lions Set For Best-of-three Softball Playoff Series At Mississippi Gulf Coast
Release Date: 4/24/2014
East Mississippi Community College

SCOOBA – Set to make the school’s sixth consecutive postseason softball appearance this weekend in Perkinston, the East Mississippi Community College softball team travels to Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College for a best-of-three playoff series in advance of next week’s MACJC State Softball Tournament.

The series opener between EMCC, the third-seeded team from the MACJC’s North Division, and No. 2 South seed MGCCC (31-16, 18-10) is set for a 6 p.m. start Friday night at Ross-Smith Field on the Mississippi Gulf Coast campus. The first pitch of game two is scheduled for noon on Saturday, while a third and deciding game, if necessary, would immediately follow. The series winner, along with the three other best-of-three playoff series victors, will advance to participate in next week’s state tournament. In its first year reformatted as a double-elimination, four-team event, the new-look MACJC State Softball Tournament is set for next Friday-Sunday (May 2-4) at a site to be determined based on the results of this weekend’s playoff action.

This weekend’s other best-of-three softball playoff series will have MACJC North Division champion and 11th-ranked Itawamba (35-10, 21-3) playing host to No. 4 South seed East Central (32-14, 17-11), No. 2 North seed Northwest Mississippi (29-12, 18-6) entertaining No. 3 South seed Pearl River (24-16, 18-10), along with MACJC South Division champion and second-ranked Jones County (41-2, 26-2) hosting No. 4 North seed Northeast Mississippi (21-25, 14-10).

Earlier this season (Feb. 22) in Scooba, the visiting MGCCC Lady Bulldogs swept East Mississippi, 10-3 and 9-1, in MACJC inter-division softball action.

With the most single-season wins in the history of the school’s fastpitch softball program, head coach Kyndall White’s 27-20 EMCC Lady Lions finished third in the MACJC’s North Division softball standings with a 16-8 division mark. Most recently, the Lady Lions snapped their five-game losing skid by posting a pair of division wins at Coahoma during Wednesday’s makeup doubleheader in Clarksdale. After claiming a 14-1 run-rule decision in game one against Coahoma, EMCC was awarded the nightcap victory via forfeit when the shorthanded Lady Tigers couldn’t field a complete team due to injury.

In preparation for this weekend’s softball playoff series at Mississippi Gulf Coast, the Lady Lions previously dropped a pair of shutout decisions (6-0 and 9-0) at top-ranked LSU Eunice last Saturday before falling 4-3 at Copiah-Lincoln in a single game played Tuesday in Wesson.

MACJC Softball Standings as of 4/24/2014

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MGCCC Tennis Holds Serve At Day One Of MACJC/Region 23 Tourney
Release Date: 4/24/2014
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

PERKINSTON---After a long day of tennis, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College finds itself in good shape as the host team of the MACJC/Region 23 Tournament.

The women's team won all six singles matches Thursday and is tied for first with Jones. Christa Owen, Kit Chowdhary, Tori Rose, Brittney Buker, Annissa Johnson, and Aliesha Barlow all scored singles victories. Tomorrow all six will play in the women's semi-finals after playing semi-final doubles matches in the morning.

The men picked up three win in singles play, with Travous Wilson, Bobby Vo, and Josh Johnson all advancing. Johnson teamed with Wilson to win a doubles match and also advance to the semi-finals.

The three-day event is being held at the brand new Gulf Coast Tennis Complex and at the Wynn Tennis Center in Wiggins.


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Holmes CC Sports Hall Of Fame Set For April 24
Release Date: 4/15/2014
Holmes Community College

The 2014 Sports Hall of Fame Banquet will be held on Thursday, April 24 at 6:30 p.m. in Frank Branch Coliseum on the Goodman Campus.

The 2014 inductees are: Chris Avery, football; Laura Coleman Canard, women’s basketball; Richard Chisolm, football; Sherwood Colette, baseball; Terry Day, football; Michael Jones, baseball; W.A. Miles, women’s basketball coach; and Clint Tompkins, football.

For more information or for tickets, contact Alumni Association Secretary Hilliary O’Briant at hobriant@holmescc.edu or call (662) 472-9004. The deadline to purchase tickets is April 17.

Chris Avery

Chris Avery enrolled at Holmes Community College after graduating from Grenada High School in 1995. He was a member of the Holmes Bulldog Football team both his freshman and sophomore years. In 1996, after winning the North Division, the team went on to play in the Community College State Championship game and Avery was named JUCO All-American that year. After Holmes, Avery went to Kentucky State University where he also played football. While at Kentucky he was named Division II All American and All SIAC.

Avery continued his football career with the Grand Rapids Rampage professional team from 2000 – 2007. In 2008 he played for the Kansas City Brigade. Remaining an athlete he also participates in Ironman competitions. He is a two time All-Ironman Team member and also won Ironman of the Year twice. Avery is the owner/operator of Avery Trucking.

Laura Coleman Canard

After graduating from Manchester Academy in Yazoo County, Canard enrolled in Holmes Community College in the fall of 1996. While playing basketball for the Holmes Lady Bulldogs, she accumulated several honors including Best Rebounder and Best Free Throw Percentage, and was named Honorable Mention All-State. She also achieved academically at Holmes and was inducted into Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society.

Canard continued her education at Mississippi College receiving both a Bachelors and a Masters of Arts in History and Political Science. As a member of the MC ladies basketball team, she was named Most Improved in 1998-99. Her senior year she was Co-Best Defensive Player of the East Conference, Second Team East Conference, and Academic All Conference and received the Senior Letterman Award.

In 2003, Canard came back to Holmes, this time as an instructor of History and Political Science on the Ridgeland Campus and currently teaches on the Goodman campus, as well as on line courses. She also serves as an advisor of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society

Richard Phillip Chisolm

A native of Lexington and a graduate of Central Holmes Academy, Chisolm came to Holmes in the fall of 1989 and played football both his freshman and sophomore years. His sophomore year he was named as the First Team All-State Punter and First Team Junior College All-American. Chisolm not only had success on the football field but academically as well. He was inducted into Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and was selected as first Team Junior College Academic All-American.

Upon graduating from Holmes, Chisolm signed a football scholarship with the University of Mississippi. He received his Bachelors of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from Ole Miss in 1994. Soon after graduation he began his working career with the Mississippi Department of Transportation. He remains there today serving as the State Construction Engineer.

Sherwood Alexander Colette

A graduate of St. Andrew’s Episcopal School and a native of Madison, Mississippi, Colette played baseball at Holmes Community College in 2001 and 2002. During his freshman year, Colette was a part of the nationally ranked team and ended his season batting a solid 300. Colette was also named to the 1st team All MACJC team, 1st team All NJCAA team, and to the MACJC Baseball State Championship Tournament team. He not only had success on the baseball diamond but academically as well. He was named to the Academic All-American team his sophomore year.

Colette continued his education at Millsaps College and received a Bachelors of Science Degree in Biology in 2006 and in 2010 received a Juris Doctorate from the MC School of Law. While playing baseball at Millsaps College, Colette was a member of the 2005 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship Team. He has served as law clerk to Honorable James E. Graves, Jr. at the Mississippi Supreme Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the fifth Circuit in New Orleans, Louisiana. He currently is an Associate Attorney at John M. Colette and Associates of Jackson, Mississippi.

Terry Day

A native of Holmes County, Day graduated from Williams-Sullivan High School. He enrolled in Holmes Community College in the fall of 1993 and played football both his freshman and sophomore years. He was a standout player and was selected to the All-State team both of his years as a Holmes Bulldog. He was also selected to play on the Mississippi Junior and Community College All Star Team.

Following graduation from Holmes, Day attended Mississippi State University and received his B.S. degree. While at State, he was a member of the track and field team and received ALL SEC honors for his athletic abilities in that arena. From 1997 to 2000, Day played professional football for the New York Jets. After his football career, he returned to Mississippi and for the past eleven years has been an assistant store manager for Walmart in Kosciusko. Michael David Jones

A native of McCool, Mississippi and a graduate of Weir High School, Jones played baseball at Holmes in 2001 and 2002. As pitcher for the Bulldogs, Jones earned top ranking in wins, complete games, ERA’s and other stats for his career at Holmes. He was selected as first team All-State and All Region 23 both his freshman and sophomore years. Honorable Mention All-American, Academic All American, MACJC Baseball State Tournament team member are other accolades Jones received while on the Holmes’ diamond.

After leaving Holmes, Jones obtained his Bachelors Degree from The University of New Orleans and a Masters of Arts in teaching from the University of West Alabama. During his senior college years, he was selected as a member of the SunBelt Conference All-Academic Team in 2003, 2004, and 2005. He led his team in innings pitched both his junior and senior years. He was highly respected by team members and was nominated as Team Captain.

In 2005, Jones signed to play professional baseball for the Chicago Cubs. After his career with the Cubs, he continued his love for the game and became an Assistant Baseball Coach at The University of West Alabama where he worked as a pitching coach for four years. Currently, Jones is an Athletic Department Administrator and Academic Coordinator at The University of West Alabama. Winston A. Miles, Jr.

W. A. Miles came to Holmes after graduation from Weir High School and played baseball both his freshman and sophomore years. Although an outstanding athlete himself, Miles’ greatest contribution to Holmes Community College sports is his years as coach of the Lady Bulldogs Basketball Team. The college had been without a girls’ basketball team for several years, and in 1972 Miles re-established the team, recruiting players from currently enrolled students and without the availability of scholarships for them. That first year ended with 9 wins and 4 losses and a trip to the junior college tournament where his team took second place honors. Miles remained the girls basketball coach for six years and in 1978 was selected to coach the north division team in the first North-South All Star Game. His North division team won 71-56. For his accomplishments, Miles was named the Mississippi Junior College Athletic Association All Star Coach for 1977-78.

A graduate of Holmes, Miles holds both a Bachelors of Science and a Masters Degree in Industrial Education from Mississippi State University with additional study at The University of Southern Mississippi. He began a teaching career in Vicksburg Public Schools and in 1966 came to Holmes as an instructor of Engineering Technology. His teaching career at Holmes spanned 38 years until his retirement in July, 2004. Miles is a lifetime member of the American Technical Education Association. For his dedication to Holmes Community College he has received the Holmes Distinguished Service Award in 1996, a Holmes Special Service Award in 1998 and was named one of ten Alumnus of the Decade in 2000.

Lige Clinton (Clint) Tompkins

Clint Tompkins is a native of Montgomery County and a graduate of Kilmichael High School. Tompkins played football for the Holmes Bulldogs in the fall of 1961. Following his freshman year he enlisted in the United States Navy and served four years. He then returned to Holmes and again played football in the fall of 1967. An outstanding player that year, Tompkins was selected as a Junior College All Star. He was awarded the Ras M. Branch Award, the highest award given to a player, for leadership, respect by teammates, and as an ambassador for the college.

Tompkins went on to play football at The University of Southern Mississippi as both offensive and defensive tackle. After attaining a Bachelors of Science in Zoology from The University of Southern Mississippi Tompkins began his career at Holmes Junior College, coaching the Bulldogs on the same field that he once played on. In 1972 he and his family moved back to Montgomery County to teach and coach at Vaiden High School. His career there spanned over twenty years.