Jackson State Softball looks to improve on record breaking 2017 season

The Jackson State women’s softball team enjoyed unprecedented success during their 2017 campaign. In addition to setting a program and school record for wins at 41, the team produced eight All Conference Academic performers in the classroom, two All Conference selections on the field and established the program as one of the top in the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA). In addition, two sophomores signed scholarships Kyndal Riddick (Troy University) and Kristian Davis (Cumberland University).

Michael Winders, Jackson State’s head coach, is quick to point out those successes are the direct result of the work ethic that each player exhibited during the 2017 season, “As I look through our stat sheet from last year there is one thing that sticks out to me. No one on our roster played in every game, which is very unusual at this level. We did not have to depend on two or three players to win. Everyone contributed to our success. When someone had a bad game or series, another player was ready to step in and get the job done. When we had to deal with injuries, and we had plenty including the loss of our top pitcher, others stepped up and produced.”

While Winders is grateful for the success of a season ago, he is more interested in discussing the one starting today. “I’m very proud of our students and what we achieved as a team last year, but that doesn’t get us anything this year. Past success helps in recruiting and makes the off season a little more enjoyable. At the end of the day, the only thing on my mind and the minds of our players is what we want to achieve this year.” While he declined to make any predictions on how they would stack up against the rest of TCCAA, Winders was optimistic about the road ahead. “I think this roster has the opportunity to be the most offensive team we’ve had during my time here and our players have been really good about buying into the things we’ve asked them to do.”

Jackson State opens their 2018 season February 3rd vs. Itawamba Community College in Fulton, MS.

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JSCC’s Maness Commits to King University

Candace Maness, a second baseman from Lexington, TN, has committed to continue her career at King University in Bristol, TN. Maness started 101 out of 103 games played, and compiled 26 doubles, 6 homeruns, 59 RBIs, and 17 HBPs in two years as a Lady General. Maness helped lead her team to a 36-23 record while leading the team in RBIs and doubles.

Jackson State Announces Winders as Basketball/Softball Coach

Jackson, Tenn. — Jackson State Community College is pleased to announce that Michael Winders, has been hired full time to coach the Lady Generals softball and basketball teams. Winders served as interim coach in the softball program last year.

‘We are pleased to have Michael at Jackson State again. He had success with the softball program last year as interim head coach and I know he will bring the same success to women’s basketball,’ said Steve Cornelison, JSCC’s athletic director and head baseball coach.

Under the coaching of Winders last season, the softball team placed one player on the All-TJCCAA conference third team and five players on the academic all conference team. The team improved their winning percentage over 150 points.

Winders began his playing career at JSCC under Cornelison where he was named to the All-West TJCCAA team and the All-State TJCCAA team as a freshman. He finished his playing career at Lambuth University contributing to the Eagles’ 2003 Mid-South Conference Championship win and appearance in two Region XI tournaments.

Winders received his bachelor of science degree from Lambuth in 2005 and is currently working on a master’s degree through the University of Memphis. He is married to the former Jennifer Todd of Jackson and they have one son, Carter.

The Lady Generals basketball team opens their season on the road on Nov. 3 and at home on Nov. 14. The Lady Generals softball team plays its first regular season game on the road in Gallatin on March 12 and at home on March 14. For more information on Jackson State sports, please visit www.gogenerals.com.