Throughout Gene Murphy
's tenure as head coach the Hinds Community College football program has developed some of the best talent to ever come through the state of Mississippi. Sophomore defensive back Kenya Dennis
is a prime example of a player that needed the community college experience to reach the next level.
Dennis was a star on and off the field for Leland High School, a 2A school in a small delta town in Washington County.
"I heard Hinds had a great program my senior year and shortly after that they began to recruit me," said Dennis.
Dennis' position coach during the 2012 season, Chris Mattox, now at Coahoma Community College said, "We recruited Kenya because he was big, physical, and athletic, three things everyone wants in a corner. However, the type of person he is made me believe he would become a future SEC player."
A few months after his freshman season Dennis received a written scholarship offer from University of Missouri and in June of this year, he committed.
"It has always been my dream to play in the SEC," said Dennis. "Head coach Gene Murphy
and his staff has done a fabulous job preparing me for the SEC and I cannot wait to go head to head with the best receivers in college football."
"Kenya is a physical freak of nature," said secondary coach Clarence McDougal
. "He has tremendous heart, a high motor, and has great knowledge for the game."
HindsCC Coach Gene Murphy and his staff have been working hard to lead this year's Eagle football team back to the top. Defensive Backs coach, Chris Mattox, works with his db's on and off the field.
The Hinds Community College Eagles finally hit the field and strapped on pads. The team was delayed due to the cold and wet weather that transpired last week. Most teams have been on the field for a good three or four days now. However, WR Coach, Dwike Wilson and his players did not waste any time running through the basics on Monday. The WR position is definitely a position that the Eagles will be focusing on throughout the spring. As the sophmores accept the challenge of a new role going into next season, the underclassmen look to learn as much as they can from Dwike Wilson.
Head Football Coach, Gene Murphy,has lead the Hinds Community College Eagles to the top of the American Junior College football pyramid on more than one occasion. In his tenure he has developed some of the greatest players in football, sending nearly 50 of his players to the NFL. Court Truelock and I have gone inside the football program to see what makes this x's and o's mastermind tick.
In addition to a Fitness Center and two basketball courts, the Hinds CC Raymond Campus Wellness Complex features a swimming pool available to both students and non-students. The pool, built in the early 1970s, is located in the very back of the complex near the coaches’ offices.
Don Poole, director of the Fitness Center, runs the show while overseeing the pool duties as well. Students that are enrolled in a swimming class do not have to have a gym membership in order to swim in class. However, any student that wishes to swim after class hours is required to purchase a 50 dollar gym membership. Poole was a very competitive swimmer in high school, which inspired him to become a certified swimming instructor, where he began teaching in the Northeast. At Hinds, Poole teaches several swimming and lifeguard training classes.
“I strongly encourage students to take a swimming class, I love working with the students and improving their skills,” Poole said.
An average of 20 members uses the pool every day. The pool hours vary from day to day, depending on how many members decide to swim. “We usually have a good mix between adults and students that swim every day,” Poole said.
Wardell Jackson, a sophomore at Hinds, is currently taking a beginning swimming class that Poole teaches.
“Coach Poole swims exceptionally well and he holds us to high standards while we are in the water with him,” Jackson said.
Poole is a highly qualified swimming instructor who enjoys sharing his knowledge and providing the dos and don’ts.
More information about the Wellness Complex can be found on the Hinds website.