LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Jones County Junior College was selected as the 2018 NFCA NJCAA DII National Coaching Staff of the Year, announced the Association on Friday afternoon. Under the guidance of head coach Chris Robinson, associate head coach Bob Herrington and assistant coach Katie Durham, the Bobcats captured their first NJCAA DII national championship this year.
JCJC compiled a 54-3 record and became the first program from the MACJC to win a national title in softball. It was the fourth try for the Bobcats, who had finished runner-up three time, including. JCJC opened the season 33-1 and after dropping a doubleheader to Itawamba concluded the campaign with 21 straight victories.
The Bobcats claimed their third straight MACJC and Region 23 titles. At the national tournament, they outscored their opposition 69-12, which included a 18-2 win over Phoenix College in the title game. In nine seasons, Robinson has compiled a 391-96 (.802) recording, including a 200-21 (.905) the past four years. Herrington works with the pitchers, who posted a 1.30 ERA, first in the MACJC and second in NJCAA DII. Durham, who works primarily with the hitters, guided the Bobcat bats to a conference-best .364 average and 66 home runs. The long balls ranked third in the nation.