Thank you to our student-athletes, coaching staff and athletic department for yet another great season of Hinds Community College athletics and for the countless memories you have provided.
Thank you to our administration for the support you have given us over the last year and in previous years. Without your support from an academic and athletic standpoint, we would not be able to achieve all of the goals that we set out to meet.
The things that were accomplished by our student-athletes were many, but here were a few major highlights:
- Our men’s and women’s soccer teams won the North division and competed in the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) state tournament.
- The Hinds softball team opened a sparkling new facility during the 2016 spring season.
- Keitavious Walter claimed the national championship in the 60-meter dash with a blazing time of 6.62 seconds at the annual National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Indoor Nationals in Winston Salem, N.C. The men’s team finished in seventh place overall and the Lady Eagles finished in 21st place overall.
- Cara Harrison, a sophomore on the college’s women’s soccer team, and Bryden Reed of Decatur, a sophomore on the college’s men’s soccer team, won the distinguished Lady Eagle and Eagle Awards at the college’s annual athletic banquet for their accomplishments in the classroom and in the athletic arena.
- Correion Mosby (Natchitoches, La.) was chosen as the Men's Track Athlete of the Year for the Central region, Alexis Luckett (Pisgah) was selected as the Women's Track Athlete of the Year for the Central region and men's assistant coach Willie Calvin was named the Central region assistant coach of the year in the men's division for the 2016 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division I Outdoor Track & Field season as announced by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
- Jeff Henderson, a former All-American in 2008 and 2009 in men's track and field at Hinds Community College, was inducted into the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Track and Field Hall of Fame Class of 2016 and was recognized in a ceremony at the NJCAA Outdoor Nationals in Levelland, Texas.
- The Hinds Community College women's tennis team came away with two state and regional championships, one in No.1 singles play and the other in No. 1 doubles play, at the MACJC state tournament and competed in the NJCAA National tournament in Tyler, Texas. Mariana Alvarez(Bucaramcinga, Columbia) was the state champion in No. 1 singles action and paired with Rachel Rhett (Vicksburg) to claim the title in No. 1 doubles play.
- Correion Mosby won the national championship in the 200-meter dash with a time of 20.29 seconds at the yearly National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Outdoor Nationals in Levelland, Texas. The men’s team scored a third place overall finish and the Lady Eagles finish in 13th place overall.
- The Hinds Community College men's track and field program had one current star and four former Hinds CC standouts representing Hinds at the 2016 United States Olympic Team Trials in Eugene, Oregon. Correion Mosby(Natchitoches, La.) was the current Hinds standout in the trials, while Ricky Babineaux (Breaux Bridge, La.), Jeff Henderson (Sherwood, Ark.), Andre Jefferson (Tyler, Texas), long jump and Dontavius Wright, 400-meter dash all competed as well.
- Henderson claimed first place honors in the long jump event at the Olympic Trials and will represent the United States in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
For a coach like myself, the student-athletes are why we are here and what they accomplished should be celebrated.
Thank you to our fans, to our former players and to everyone who supports us, because what you bring to our program can't be measured. Our teams feel that support and we are very thankful for you.