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Chris Robinson
Head Coach

Fresh off guiding the Jones County Junior College Lady Bobcats to a national championship, Chris Robinson returns for his 10th season as head coach.
Robinson has led Jones to a 391-96 record in nine years.

In 2018, the Lady Bobcats won the school's and the MACJC's first-ever national championship in softball when they rolled to the NJCAA Division II National Tournament title in Clinton, Mississippi.

Jones ended the year with a 54-3 record.

The Lady Bobcats won the MACJC title for the sixth time in seven years and won the  Region 23 title for the third straight season.

Lady Bobcat Kelsha Loftin was named the NJCAA Dvision II Player of the Year - the fourth time in five years for a Jones player to receive that award.

Loftin and pitcher Karli Perque were named NJCAA Division All-Americans. Loftin, Perque and third baseman Emily Robinson were named National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-Americans.

Robinson was named the Region 23 Coach of the Year. Robinson, associate head coach Bob Herrington and assistant coach Katie Durham were named NFCA National  and South Region Coaching Staff of the Year.

In 2017, the Lady Bobcats were ranked No. 1 for most of the year, ended the year at 55-4 (a school-record for wins) won its fifth MACJC title in six years, captured the Region 23 title and finished second in the NJCAA Division II National Tournament.

Kelly Byrd was named the NJCAA Division II Player of the Year and Karli Perque was named the NJCAA Division II Pitcher of the Year. It was the first time ever for two players off the same team to receive those honors.

Byrd, Perque, Autumn Frost and Cori McCrary were named NJCAA DIvision II All-Americans, while Byrd, Perque, Frost and Brittany Baty were named National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-American.

In 2016, Robinson led the Lady Bobcats to a 50-8 record, a runnerup finish in the NJCAA Division II National Tournament, the Region 23 Tournament championship and the MACJC Tournament title.

Outfielder Kalyn Watts was named an NJCAA Division II first-team All-American and pitcher Rachel Hayes was named an NJCAA Division II second-team All-American.

The NFCA named the JCJC coaching staff - Robinson, associate head coach Bob Herrington and assistant coach Carlos Castro - as the NFCA NJCAA Division II National Coaching Staff of the Year.

In 2015, he guided the Lady Bobcats to a 41-6 record. JCJC was ranked No. 1 for several weeks of the season and was No. 2 in the final NJCAA Division II poll.

Lady Bobcats' Tori Dew, Lauren Holifield and Brittany Seale were each named All-Americans. Holifield was named the NJCAA Division II Player of the Year. Both Dew and Holifield competed for Team NJCAA in the Scotiabank Canadian Open Fastpitch International Championship in Vancouver, British Columbia, in July.

Robinson served as Director of Operations for the NJCAA team.

In 2014, he led the Lady Bobcats to their third consecutive MACJC state championship and NJCAA Division II National Tournament appearance.

The Lady Bobcats enjoyed a spectacular 52-6 record in 2014 and finished second in both the NJCAA Region 23 Tournament NJCAA Division II National Tournament.

Dew was named the NJCAA Division II National Player of the Year in 2014.

Robinson has compiled a remarkable 282-89 record in his seven years as head coaching. JCJC is 231-43 over the past five seasons. The 2013 Lady Bobcats were 44-10, while the 2012 team was 44-11.

Robinson was named the MACJC and MAC Coach of the Year for 2012-14.

Freshman pitcher Samantha Buller was named an NJCAA third-team All-American in 2013 and the team finished 2-2 in the national tournament.

The 2012 Lady Bobcats made its first ever appearance in the NJCAA Division II National Tournament and won its first-ever MACJC State Championship and South Division championship. Lady Bobcats had a 22-2 record in South Division.

The 2012 Lady Bobcats went 2-2 in the national tournament. Pitcher Ginger Lonergan and centerfielder Relanda McFarland were named NJCAA Division II All-Americans in 2012.

The 2011 Lady Bobcats a 35-15 record and qualified for both the MACJC State Tournament and Region 23 Tournament for the first time ever. The Lady Bobcats were ranked as high as No. 17 in the NJCAA poll at one point.

Robinson was an assistant coach for the Lady Bobcats for six seasons prior to being named head coach. Robinson also served as an assistant football coach for ten years, being both running backs coach and administrative coach.

In the 2011 season, Robinson’s Lady Bobcats made their debut in the 266-seat, Community Bank Park complex. The $2.8 million facility is considered to be one of the premier facilities in the South.
Robinson is a 1997 graduate of Columbia Academy and a 1999 graduate of Pearl River Community College. He received his bachelor’s degree in coaching from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2002 and a master’s of science degree from Southern Miss in physical education in 2005.

Robinson is married to the former Carley Blackwell. He has a daughter, Marlee, and sons, Reid and Braden.

 

Bob Herrington
Associate Head Coach

Bob Herrington begins his fifth season as associate head coach and his tenth season as an assistant coach for the Jones County Junior College women’s softball team.

Herrington works primarily with the pitching staff.

In 2018, Herrington helped the Lady Bobcats to the school's first-ever NJCAA Division II National Tournament championship and a 54-3 record. Jones also won its sixth MACJC title in seven years and its third straight Region 23 crown.

Pitcher Karli Perque went 24-2 with a 1.02 earned run average and was named an NJCAA Division II and National Fastpitch Coaches Association A(NFCA) All-American.

Jones finished 2018 with a 1.30 team ERA, which was second in the nation.

In 2017, Herrington helped Perque to be named the NJCAA Division II Pitcher of the Year. Perque was 23-0, which led the MACJC and ranked fifth nationally, with a 1.34 earned average and six shutouts.

The Lady Bobcats had a 1.54 ERA, which ranked third nationally. Jones had 324 strikeouts in 355 1/3 innings, which ranked sixth in the nation.

JCJC finishd 2017 with a school-record, 55-4 mark, its fifth MACJC title in six years, a Region 23 crown and a runnerup finish in the NJCAA Division II National Tournament.

Herrington helped the 2016 Lady Bobcats to a 50-8 record, a runnerup finish in the NJCAA Division II National Tournament, the Region 23 Tournament championship and an MACJC Tournament title. JCJC had a 1.75 team earned average, which was No. 5 in the nation.

Rachel Hayes posted a 29-2 record with one save.

Herrington helped the Lady Bobcats to a 41-6 record in 2015.  Hayes ended year with a 0.98 ERA, which was fourth in the NJCAA.

As a team, the Lady Bobcats had a 1.43 ERA, which was third in the nation. JCJC recorded 262 strikeouts in 293 innings.

The 2014 Lady Bobcats were 52-6, won the their third straight MACJC state championship and finished second in the NJCAA Division II National Tournament and the Region 23 Tournament.

The Lady Bobcat pitching staff ranked third in the nation with a 1.96 team earned run average and 233 strikeouts in 339 innings.

Samantha Buller was 30-2 with a 1.77 earned run average. She had 135 strikeouts in 193 2/3 innings.

The 2013 Lady Bobcats were 44-10 with Buller being named an NJCAA third-team All-American.

The 2013 Lady Bobcats won their second straight MACJC state tournament and qualified for the NJCAA Division II National Tournament for the second straight year.

The 2012 Lady Bobcats were 44-11 and produced an All-American pitcher, Ginger Lonergan, and All-Region 23 pitcher, Lauren Candies.

The 2012 Lady Bobcats won their first-ever MACJC State Championship, MACJC South Division title and made their first-ever appearance in the NJCAA Division II National Tournament.

Herrington began his coaching career in 1986 as girls’ basketball coach at Lamar School in Meridian. He then became a football and basketball assistant coach at Petal High School from 1987-90.

Herrington then served as the Dean of Men and head tennis coach at JCJC from 1990-99. The Lady Bobcats were the MACJC and Region 23 champions in 1996 and Herrington was selected the MACJC/Region 23 Coach of the Year that season.

Herrington then went to South Jones High School, where he served as a coach from 1999-2006. He began the girls’ fastpitch program and served as head coach from 2001-06, compiling a 115-28 record, a winning percentage of .804.

The Lady Braves were division champions in 2002, 2003 and 2005. He coached in the 2002 and 2004 MHSAA All-Star games. Over 85 percent of South Jones’ graduating senior softball players were offered college scholarships.

From 2006-09, he served as a principal in the Jones County School District.

Herrington and his wife, Katie, have a daughter, Kellie, and a son-in-law, Robbie Jefcoat.

 

Tori Dew
Assistant Coach

Former Jones County Junior College standout Tori Dew has returned home to an assistant coach for the Lady Bobcat softball team.

Dew, who prepped at Quitman High School, was named the Dudley NJCAA Division II Player of the Year in 2014 when she batted .602 with 20 home runs and a 1.111 slugging percentage. She was an NJCAA Division II All-American first-team, was named to the NJCAA Division II National Tournament Team and was All-Region 23.

As a sophomore in 2015, Dew hit .474 with 15 home runs and 59 RBIs with a .932 slugging percentage. She was named NJCAA Division II All-American second-team, All-Region 23 and participated in the Canadian Open International Fastpitch tournament that summer and was named to the Canadian Open All-Tournament Team.

Dew and Jones teammate Lauren Holifield received NJCAA Marucci Elite Hitting Awards following the 2015 season.

Dew played at Southern Miss in 2016-17.