LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Head coach Belinda Hendrix, along with associate head coach Jimmy Hendrix and assistant coach Kelly Brookins of the National Champion Chipola College (Fla.) have been selected as the NFCA National Junior College Athletic Association DI National Coaching Staff of the Year, announced on Friday.
Under the guidance of the 11-year veteran Hendrix, the Indians enjoyed an undefeated run to the program’s second NJCAA DI national title. Chipola posted a 5-0 mark to claim the FCSAA/Region VIII State Championship, which included wins over No. 1 Central Florida College (5-3) and in the title game against Miami Dade (3-2). The momentum carried into the NJCAA DI Championship in St. George, Utah where the third-seeded Indians culminated their perfect (10-0) postseason with a 7-2 triumph over Northeastern Oklahoma A&M in the national title game.
Chipola finished its 2015 campaign with a 49-10 mark and earned the Panhandle Conference title with a 13-3 regular season record. Behind her team’s run to the title, Hendrix improved her 11-year record at Chipola to 507-144. For their work this year, Belinda Hendrix, Jimmy Hendrix and Brookins were also chosen as the NFCA South Region Coaching Staff of the Year.
Other regional winners this season were:
Midwest Region – Blinn College (Texas)
Head Coach: Rick Church
Assistant Coaches: Jami Ingram
Record: 45-16 (21-3 Region XIV)
In Church’s 16th season at the helm, the Buccaneers garnered a trip to the NJCAA DI National Championship Tournament after taking home the Region XIV crown. In making the program’s sixth trip to the NJCAA tournament under Church, Blinn went 2-2 in St. George, Utah. It defeated Georgia Perimeter in the opener and followed that with a 3-2 triumph over Chattanooga State. However a pair of defeats to national runner-up Northeastern Oklahoma A&M (2-5 in 9 inn.) and Howard ended the Buccaneers’ tournament run. This is the fifth Midwest Region honor for Church and Ingram.
West Region – Howard College (Texas)
Head Coach: Kelly Raines
Record: 49-14 (23-5 Region V)
Garnered a Region V title and a trip to the NJCAA DI National Championship tournament. Raines’ Hawks put forth a 4-2 showing at the national tournament. They split their first two games defeating Jefferson College (4-3 in 10 inn.) and falling to eventual national champion Chipola (1-6). Howard would win three straight elimination games before having its tournament come to end at the hands of Chattanooga State. Howard claimed the Region V title by defeating Midland College (9-4) in a winner-take-all title game.