Jackson State Names Michael Winders as Head Baseball Coach

Jackson State’s own Michael Winders has been named as the new head baseball coach of the Green Jays for the 2019-2020 season. Winders, a former Jackson State baseball team member, served as the baseball team catching coach from 2005-2008, and has been the head softball coach since 2008, adding women’s basketball coach to his resume from 2011 to 2016.

Winders has won over 200 games in his career and set the single-season wins record in 2016 at 41 wins. As catching coach in 2005, he notably worked with Luis Martinez, who would later be drafted by the San Diego Padres in 2007.

“We are very excited that Coach Winders will be leading our baseball program,” says Jackson State athletic director Steve Cornelison. “He excelled as a player and as our softball coach, and he will bring the same level of intensity and dedication in his new role.”

Winders graduated from Hamilton High School in 2000 after winning the Mississippi 1A state Championships in 1997 and 1999. He began his collegiate playing career from 2001 to 2002 at Jackson State and was selected to the All TCCAA Team his first year. Winders later played baseball at Lambuth University from 2003 to 2004. He currently lives in Jackson with his wife and two sons.

Cornelison says the search for a new head softball coach will begin immediately.

Green Jays Head Baseball Coach to Leave Jackson State

Jackson State’s athletic department announced this week that head baseball coach, Tyson Malik, will be leaving the college ahead of next season to pursue a career opportunity near his hometown of Orlando, Florida. Malik served as head coach for the last seven seasons and as an assistant coach for four seasons before that.

“Coach Malik has done a great job with our baseball program and while we hate to lose him, we are excited for what the future holds for him and his family,” said Jackson State athletic director Steve Cornelison. “Regardless of where he is, Tyson will always be a part of the Green Jays family.”

During his tenure at Jackson State, Malik had a career record of 224-146 (.605 winning percentage). He coached 67 players who signed with four-year colleges and universities to continue their college careers, including 2013 alum Wes Parsons, who made his major league debut as a pitcher for the Atlanta Braves in 2018. During his final season with Jackson State, Malik led the Green Jays to a 33-22 record and a runner-up finish in the NJCAA Region VII tournament.

“I have been very fortunate to work with a great staff in this department and have made some lifelong friends in my years here,” said Malik, who expressed gratitude for his colleagues and the players he coached, crediting them for the evolution of his career. “It is hard to put into words how much this place and the people I have met mean to me. I wish Jackson State the best of luck in the future.”

Four Green Jays earn Academic All-American honor

Four Jackson State student-athletes have earned the Academic All-American honors by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) for their outstanding work in the classroom. The following Jackson State Green Jays were named third-team awards:

  • Gracie Emerson – softball team – 3.68 GPA
  • Jacob Langham – baseball team – 3.75 GPA
  • Macy Muirhead – softball team – 3.73 GPA
  • Marissa Turrentine – softball team – 3.75 GPA

Congratulations to all! Go Green Jays!

Former JSCC General Moving up as a Pro

Jackson State frequently has very talented athletes pass through its ranks. Occasionally, those athletes go on to very successful careers in athletics. Some even go on to play professional sports. Former Generals baseball pitcher Wes Parsons is one of those standout athletes.

Wes came to Jackson State from Clarksville, TN. He is one of many successful players from this area that have come to JSCC. While here, Parsons was 7-3 in 13 starts. He pitched 79.1 innings and had a 4.31 ERA. He struck out 60 and only walked 23 batters during the 2012 season. During his freshman year, Wes signed as a free agent with the Atlanta Braves program while playing summer ball in the Northwoods League.

Now with the Braves organization for a couple of years, there is the potential for Parsons to move up to AA play this year. Read the full story at http://braves.scout.com/story/1496115-prospect-report-wes-parsons

Taylor Walker selected to TCL All-Star Team

Taylor Walker, former first baseman for the Generals, was selected to the starting lineup for the Texas Collegiate League All-Star Game played on Tuesday July 8th. The game was set up as a North-South format this year with the host Brazos Valley Bombers, East Texas Pump Jacks and the Texas Marshals to make up the North. The Victoria Generals, Woodlands Strykers and the Acadiana Cane Cutters represented the South team.

The Texas Collegiate league is regarded as one of the top summer circuits in the nation and features some of the nations top college baseball players.

Walker, a 6’4′ 225 lb first baseman for the Generals, signed earlier this year to play ball with the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, MS. Walker had a productive freshman season for the Generals last year where he hit .288, drove in 49 runs, and led the conference with 10 homeruns.

In 32 games with the Cane Cutters, Walker has a batting average of .281 with 34 hits, 18 runs, 6 doubles, and 2 homeruns. He currently leads the Cane Cutters with 21 RBIs. On defense, Walker has recorded 259 put outs to lead the Cane Cutters. Walker is currently tied for second place in the TCL with 21 RBIs.

The Acadiana Cane Cutters are a locally owned summer collegiate-league baseball franchise located in Youngsville, Louisiana. Founded in 2010, the Cane Cutters play their home games at Fabacher Field in South Side Regional Park. The club is owned and operated by Richard and Sandi Chalmers & Baseball Ventures of Louisiana, LLC.

For more information on the Cane Cutters visit www.canecuttersbaseball.com.

Jackson State Ranked 17th in First NJCAA Division I Poll

After a 9-2 start and a series win in their first Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) series, the Generals of Jackson State debut at 17th in the first NJCAA poll of the 2014 baseball season.

The Generals have been led on the mound by Colton Harris (LHP) and Josh Tubbs (RHP). Harris has not allowed an earned run in 15.1 innings of work and has 15 Ks and only 1 BB. Harris also has 2 complete games.

Josh Tubbs is 2-0 with 2 complete games and only 6 hits in 13 innings of work. He has struck out 11 batters while allowing just 1 BB and has an ERA of 1.38.

Offensively, freshman Ben Drudy and sophomore Taylor Walker are leading the Generals after 11 games. Drudy currently ranks 4th in the nation with a .583 average. He has also hit 2 HRs, 1 double, and a triple with an On Base Percentage of 1.500.

Taylor Walker is 3rd in the nation with 4 HRs in just 10 games. He also ranks 6th in the nation with 19 RBIs and has an average of .444.

Jackson State returns to action Friday, Feb. 28th at Cleveland State CC.

For more information on this weeks NJCAA poll, please visit the link below.

http://njcaa.org/sports_polls.cfm?category=Polls&sid=7&divid=1&slid=3

Jackson State Players Sign to Four-Year Programs

Jackson State Community College Athletics held a signing ceremony for five of its baseball players that will be moving on to four-year baseball programs at other area colleges and universities. These players have been a valued asset to the Generals program and have been signed early to other programs.

Today is a big day for our program, said Head Coach Tyson Malik. We have five guys that have committed to continue their baseball careers at different universities in this early signing period. This is a testament to the work they have put in with their time at Jackson State. These five young men have an outstanding work ethic and are exceptional examples on the baseball field.

The five players signing letters of intent were Taylor Walker, Zach Tompkins, Colton Harris, Devin Presley and Clayton Smithson.

Taylor Walker, a 6’4′ 225 lb first baseman from Riverdale High School in Murfreesboro, TN has signed a Letter of Intent with the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, MS. Southern Mississippi competes in Conference USA and has had tremendous success. Walker had a productive freshman season for the Generals last year where he hit .288, drove in 49 runs, and led the conference with 10 homeruns.

Zach Tompkins, an outstanding catcher from Mount Juliet High School in Mount Juliet, TN has signed to continue his career with Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, TN. Tompkins caught 39 games for the Generals last year, and was a 1st Team All-Conference player. Tompkins ability to handle the pitching staff, call a game, and control the running game are crucial for the Generals success in 2014. Tompkins hit .316 with 11 doubles and 4 home runs in 2013.

Colton Harris, originally from Dyer County High School came to Jackson State as a transfer from the University of Tennessee in 2013. He has signed to play his next two years in the Gulf South Conference at Union University in Jackson, TN. Harris was 8-4 last year for the Generals with a 3.35 ERA. He struck out 60 and walked only 17 in 86 innings pitched. Harris will be leaned on to lead the staff in 2014.

Devin Presley, a hard-throwing right-hander from Harpeth High School in Kingston Springs, TN has signed with the Tusculum Pioneers in the Southern Athletic Conference. Presley will play a huge role in the Generals success in 2014, after a solid freshman year where Presley was fourth on the staff in innings pitched with 34. Presley struck out 24 while only walking 9 batters.

Clayton Smithson, a sure handed shortstop from Hopkinsville, KY has committed to play for the Austin Peay Governors out of the Ohio Valley Conference. Austin Peay has a great tradition and has been to the regionals the last few years. Smithson started 48 games last year and will anchor the Generals infield again this year. He will be counted on to be a productive hitter at the top of the lineup and a leader for the team. The Generals are expecting a big year for Smithson at the plate and in the field.

Kane Barrow Awarded Rawlings Gold Glove Award

Rawlings Sporting Goods announced that former Jackson State Community College infielder Kane Barrow earned a spot on 2013 NJCAA Division I Rawlings Gold Glove Award Team. This is a great honor for Kane as well as the coaching staff of Jackson State. Recipients of this award are chosen by members of the American Baseball Coaches Association and honor the best defenders at each position and represent the finest in the field. The announcement from Rawlings also acknowledged the contributions of the coaching staff at JSCC, stating, ‘we recognize that Kanes development thrived under the leadership and fundamentals brought in by you and your staff. For that, we say thank you!’

Kane came to Jackson State from Paris, TN and played 3rd and 1st base for the Generals. In his last season with the Generals he hit .454, 166 AB with 8 HR, 65 RBI, 14 2B, 2 3B, and scored 40 runs in 46 games. ‘Players with Kanes ability and drive don’t come along every day,’ said Head Coach Tyson Malik. ‘It’s exciting to see a young man that is so gifted athletically, work so hard and have a real drive to succeed. Kane has the ability to inspire those around him to work hard and that, to me, helped our team as much as the numbers he put up.’

Other honors received by Kane during his tenure at JSCC include:

2012

TCCAA 1st Team All-Conference
NJCAA Honorable Mention All-American

2013

TCCAA 1st Team All-Conference
TCCAA Conference Player of the Year

In November 2012, Barrow signed a letter of intent with the University of Memphis Tigers. As noted on the U of M website, Kane will join their baseball program for the 2014 season. http://www.gotigersgo.com/sports/m-basebl/spec-rel/112112aab.html

Jackson State Community College was established in 1963 by the Tennessee General Assembly and is governed by the Tennessee Board of Regents. Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), JSCC serves a fourteen county area in the Western region of Tennessee and has an enrollment of over 4,500 students. It is the mission of the school to provide accessible learning opportunities that enhance the lives of individuals, strengthen the workforce, and empower its diverse communities by offering traditional and contemporary associate degrees, certificates, continuing education and enrichment, and college-readiness programs. JSCC is located at 2046 North Parkway, Jackson, Tennessee 38301. For additional information, call (800) 355-JSCC.

Kane Barrow Named All-American

Jackson State Community College sophomore infielder, Kane Barrow has been named to the National Junior College Athletic Association 1st Team All-America squad. Barrow, a Paris, TN native, split time between 3rd and 1st base for the Generals during the 2013 season. Barrow hit .454 with 8 HR, 65 RBI, 14 2B, 2 3B, and scored 41 runs in 46 games. The University of Memphis signee was honored in May as the TCCAA Conference Player of the year and 1st Team All Conference.

Barrow is the second Jackson State baseball player in two years to be named a NJCAA All-American. KJ Roberts of Summertown, TN received the honor is 2012.

Click here for link to NJCAA.