By NEMCC Media Relations
BOONEVILLE – Northeast Mississippi Community College head softball coach Jody Long not only had his team performing well on the diamond this season but also got positive results in the classroom by his 2011-12 State Runner-up squad.
The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) released its 2011-12 Academic Teams of the Year this month and the Lady Tigers came in at the number thirteen spot in the nation.
Coach Long’s team averaged a 3.42 grade point average, which was far above the minimum grade point average requirement for consideration of a team GPA of 3.00.
“We focus on 97 percent graduation rate,” explained Coach Long. “This was an outstanding group of young ladies that worked extremely hard both on and off the field and represented NEMCC with outstanding integrity.”
Along with being ranked thirteenth in the nation, Northeast was first in the Mississippi Association of Community & Junior Colleges (MACJC) North Division along with placing third overall in the state. Northeast also lead the state in individuals with the highest GPA with a total of seven.
“We expect our players to excel both on and off the field and these young ladies set goals and did what it took to obtain them. This is what we expect from the kids in our program”
By achieving this academic excellence, the Lady Tigers helped solidify their 2011-12 season.
Northeast finished 32-19 overall while also placing as the MACJC’s State Runner-Up and finished third in the NJCAA’s Region XXIII Tournament during the 2011-12 softball season.