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0 BEN NAKWAASAH 6-1 Fr. G Richardson Texas Richardson H.S. 1 antonio wade 6-1 Fr. G Marietta Georgia Hillgrove H.S. 5-11 So. G League City Texas Clear Springs H.S. 3 K.j. Boyd Kennith ford 4 6-3 Fr. G Forestville Maryland National Collegiate Prep 5 jerami grace 6-3 So. G Dallas Texas Duncanville H.S. 6-1 Fr. G McKinney Texas Westwind Acad. 10 kaelen malone 6-2 Fr. G Killeen Texas Ellison H.S. 11 shannon bogues Alex Mills 12 6-1 So. G Laurens South Carolina Legacy Charter School 14 6-3 Fr. W Lake Charles Louisiana Hamilton Christian Acad. 15 brian long 6-4 So. F Killeen Texas Killeen H.S. 21 deante Robinson 6-6 Fr. F Philadelphia Pennsylvania Imhotep Institute Charter H.S. 24 Aundre jackson 6-4 So. F Kennedale Texas Kennedale H.S. Justin Bartie 32 6-8 Fr. F Raleigh North Carolina Word of God Christian Acad. 33 zACH CHARLES 6-7 So. F Mesquite Texas John Horn H.S. 6-7 Fr. C Killeen Texas Ellison H.S. 34 fred jackson rick curry 44 6-8 So. F Grand Prairie Texas South Grand Prairie H.S. Jalyn McKoy 2 2015 McLennan Fall Media Guide Location 1400 College Dr Waco TX 76708 Founded 1965 Enrollment 8 500 Mascot Highlanders and Highlassies School Colors Blue and Orange Arena The Highlands Capacity 3 000 Affiliation North Texas Junior College Athletic Conference President Dr. Johnette McKown Years at McLennan 26 Athletic Director Shawn Trochim Years at McLennan 20 General Women s Basketball Overall Record Last Year 10-16 Conference Record Finish 6-8 6th Starters Ret. Lost 3 2 Letterwinners Ret. Lost 5 7 Head Coach Ricky Rhodes Record at McLennan 289-196 overall 189-90 conference (16 years) Years at McLennan 19 Assistant Coach Candice Thomas Years at McLennan 2 Dance Men s Basketball Director Sandy Hinton Years at McLennan 40 Overall Record Last Year 23-8 Conference Record Finish 8-4 2nd Starters Ret. Lost 2 3 Letterwinners Ret. Lost 4-10 Head Coach Kevin Gill Record at McLennan 317-93 overall 123-41 conference (13 years) Years at McLennan 13 Assistant Coach Jamaal Greene Years at McLennan 4 Athletic Training Trainer Becky Railsback Years at McLennan 6 Sports Information Specialist Candice Kelm Years at McLennan 9 On the Cover Basketball players Alex Mills and Caylinne Martin and dancer Daisha Mitchell TAble of Contents Men s Basketball .......................................... 7 Season Preview ............................................. 8 Rosters .......................................................... 9 Schedule ...................................................... 10 Player Bios .................................................. 11 Coaching Bios ............................................. 16 2014-15 in Review ....................................... 18 Women s Basketball .................................. 19 Season Preview............................................ 20 Rosters ........................................................ 21 Schedule ...................................................... 22 Player Bios .................................................. 23 Coaching Bios ............................................. 28 2014-15 in Review ........................................ 30 Dance Company ........................................ 31 Highlights ..................................................... 32 Dancer Bios ................................................. 33 Director Bios ................................................ 39 McLennan ................................................... 41 About McLennan ......................................... 42 Campus Life ................................................ 43 2014-15 Academic & Spring Highlights ....... 44 Facilities ....................................................... 46 Waco Area Info ............................................ 47 Administration .............................................. 48 Athletic Staff ................................................ 50 Contact Info ................................................. 52 2014-2015 3 www.McLennanAthletics.com 50 Years of highlander history When McLennan County voters approved a historic bond proposal forming McLennan Community College on Nov. 2 1965 the early founders of the college realized the need to open an affordable institution of higher education that would serve all Central Texans for years to come. Today McLennan is a popular choice for college of many Texans but a lot has changed since 1965. McLennan has grown to serve more than 8 500 students each semester and has expanded its programs to include degrees designed to transfer to four-year universities career training to transition quickly in the workforce and bachelor s degrees on campus through the University Center at McLennan. The College currently offers 60 Associate degrees 47 Certificates and 14 Marketable Skill Awards to approximately 16 745 students each year. McLennan provides a quality education and students may achieve a debt-free education with McLennan s affordable tuition. Graduates pursue careers in nursing law enforcement teaching social work accounting and many other professions. McLennan Athletics has established a tradition of excellence over the past five decades. McLennan teams are recognized nationally for their success and have won nine National Junior College Athletic Association national championships baseball (1983) men s golf (1984 2009 and 2010) women s golf (1998 2002 and 2007) men s tennis (1993) and women s tennis (1997). Vernon Cole the first Athletic Director was hired in 1966 and the first men s basketball team was formed in 1967 under head coach James Burroughs who still works as a physical education instructor today. The original Highlanders had no court to call home. The group practiced at James Connally Technical Institute and alternated playing home games at Richfield and Waco High Schools. The first gym was built on campus in 1969 and the teams current home The Highlands opened in 1976. In 50 years the Highlanders have claimed 25 conference championships made 43 regional tournament appearances and won three regional titles resulting in trips to the national tournament. The McLennan women s basketball has been competitive in the Texas junior college circuit as well. The Highlassies have featured eight All-Americans and have made an appearance in the regional tournament in 25 of the last 27 years. 4 2015 McLennan Fall Media Guide The Highlanders baseball team took the field for the first time in 1969. The program has seen great success as well. The Highlanders have claimed 20 conference championships made 28 regional tournament appearances won 11 regional titles and made five appearances at the JUCO World Series. McLennan won the national title in 1983 and after a 27-year absence the Highlanders made the trip back to the national tournament last season finishing as runners-up. The college discontinued the tennis program in 1999 making way for the addition of softball. The Highlassies have seen great success since taking the field for the first time 16 years ago. The team has won two conference championships and is a staple at the Region V North Tournament. McLennan has claimed three regional tournament championships advancing to the national tournament in 2007 2008 and 2011. Jenny Isham the program s only All-American went on to a successful career at Baylor University and returned to serve as the Highlassies assistant coach from 2009-2014. Both the men s and women s golf teams are perennial powerhouses. The Highlanders boast three national titles two individual national champions and have counted 52 All-Americans. On the women s side the Highlassies have also captured three national titles four individual national champions and 62 AllAmericans. In addition to the success of the NJCAA programs the McLennan Dance Company which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year has been a prolific competitor. Sandy Hinton began the program in 1975 and continues to lead the group to award-winning performances each year. The squad has won five National Dance Alliance (NDA) Collegiate Championships first in 2001 and then four in a row from 2009-12. Success at the American Dance Drill Team Collegiate Championships has also been a standard as the team has accumulated 16 national titles. The program has included 34 NDA All-Americans and McLennan dancers have joined some of the best four-year teams across the country. Several have found homes with some of the elite professional dance companies such as the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders and Dallas Mavericks Dancers. Our student-athletes also perform to high standards in the classroom. McLennan teams have claimed more than 30 NJCAA All Academic Team awards including 18 by the women s golf team and individually athletes have garnered more than 50 NJCAA Academic Excellence Award winners. The dance company has also claimed four ADTS Academic Championships and numerous runner-up finishes. The opportunities the College has given McLennan County have changed lives and made Central Texas a better place to live work and play. 2014-2015 5 www.McLennanAthletics.com north texas junior college athletic conference McLennan Community College competes in the North Texas Junior College Athletic Conference and is a member of Region V of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). The NJCAA was formed in 1938 with the purpose to promote and supervise a national program of junior college sports and activities consistent with the educational objectives of junior colleges. Thirteen California schools were represented at the charter meeting. Today more than 500 twoyear institutions in 43 states participate in 14 men s and 12 women s sports. njcaa region v The membership of the NJCAA is divided into 24 regions across the country that compete in three divisions. McLennan is a member of Region V which consists of 28 colleges from Texas and New Mexico. Brookhaven College Farmers Branch Texas Cedar Valley College Lancaster Texas Cisco College Cisco Texas Clarendon College Clarendon Texas Collin County Community College Plano Texas Eastfield College Mesquite Texas El Paso Community College El Paso Texas Frank Phillips College Borger Texas Grayson County College Denison Texas Hill College Hillsboro Texas Howard College Big Spring Texas Luna Community College Las Vegas New Mexico McLennan Community College Waco Texas Midland College Midland Texas Mountain View College Dallas Texas Navajo Technical College Crownpoint New Mexico New Mexico Junior College Hobbs New Mexico New Mexico Military Institute Roswell New Mexico North Central Texas College Gainesville Texas North Lake College Irving Texas Odessa College Odessa Texas Ranger College Ranger Texas Richland College Dallas Texas South Plains College Levelland Texas Southwestern Christian College Terrell Texas Temple College Temple Texas Vernon College Vernon Texas Weatherford College Weatherford Texas Western Texas College Snyder Texas 2015-16 Basketball Championships NJCAA Division I Men s Basketball Championship Hutchinson Sports Arena Hutchinson Kansas March 14-19 2015 NJCAA Division I Women s Basketball Championship Rip Griffin Center Lubbock Texas March 14-19 2015 6 2015 McLennan Fall Media Guide 2015-16 Season Preview The Highlanders basketball program has been one of the most consistent in McLennan s 50-year history. Since the team first took the court in 1967 the Highlanders have made 43 appearances in the regional tournament including all 13 seasons since head coach Kevin Gill took over the program in 2002. But a trip to the national tournament in Hutchinson Kansas has eluded Gill and the Highlanders. The 2015-16 squad looks to start a new trend and not only claim a conference championship and make another trip to regionals but to win the Region V crown and secure a national tournament berth. Only four players return from last year s squad but that doesn t mean the Highlanders will lack experience. Alex Mills leads the pack. Mills appeared in all but one of the team s games last season and boasted the second highest scoring average with 12.9 points per game. Aundre Jackson played in each of the Highlanders 31 games as a freshman and chipped in an average of 7.3 points. K.J. Boyd played in 29 games as a freshman and Zach Charles made an appearance in 20 games before suffering a broken nose. Although classified as a freshman Jerami Grace has experience with the Highlanders program and philosophy. Grace a graduate of Duncanville High School who averaged 17 points as a senior transferred to McLennan in January. That gave him an edge up on how Gill runs his team and what is expected of a Highlander player. Joining these five are 10 newcomers including two transfers and eight true freshmen. Highlighting the new faces are Brian Long a transfer from Navarro College and freshman Shannon Bogues from Killeen Ellison. Long a graduate of Killeen High school averaged 7.4 points for the Bulldogs last season. Bogues earned 12-6A Offensive Player of the Year and All-Region II-6A honors as a senior for the Eagles despite missing several weeks of play with a broken wrist. Antonio Wade from Georgia and Fred Jackson also from Killeen are also expected to make an impact for the Highlanders. We have talented returners and a lot of talented guys coming in Gill said. The freshmen have picked things up pretty quickly and should give us some depth on the bench. These guys are capable of being the players we want them to be. 8 2015 McLennan Fall Media Guide 2015-16 highlanders roster Numerical No. Name Pos. Yr. Ht. 0 Ben Nakwaasah G Fr. 6-1 1 Antonio Wade G Fr. 6-1 3 K.J. Boyd G So. 5-11 4 Kennith Ford G Fr. 6-3 5 Jerami Grace G Fr. 6-3 10 Kaelen Malone G Fr. 6-1 11 Shannon Bogues G Fr. 6-2 12 Alex Mills G So. 6-1 14 Justin Bartie G Fr. 6-3 15 Brian Long F So. 6-4 21 DeAnte Robinson F Fr. 6-6 24 Aundre Jackson F So. 6-4 32 Jalyn McKoy F Fr. 6-8 33 Zach Charles F So. 6-7 34 Fred Jackson C Fr. 6-7 44 Rick Curry C So. 6-8 Managers Stephon Alexander Chanel Johnson and Rashad Miller Hometown Richardson Texas Marietta Georgia Friendswood Texas Forestville Maryland Dallas Texas McKinney Texas Killeen Texas Laurens South Carolina Lake Charles Louisiana Killeen Texas Philadelphia Pennsylvania Kennedale Texas Raleigh North Carolina Mesquite Texas Killeen Texas Grand Prairie Texas 2015-16 highlanders roster Alphabetical No. Name Pos. Yr. Ht. 14 Justin Bartie G Fr. 6-3 11 Shannon Bogues G Fr. 6-2 3 K.J. Boyd G So. 5-11 33 Zach Charles F So. 6-7 44 Rick Curry C So. 6-8 4 Kennith Ford G Fr. 6-3 5 Jerami Grace G Fr. 6-3 24 Aundre Jackson F So. 6-4 34 Fred Jackson C Fr. 6-7 15 Brian Long F So. 6-4 10 Kaelen Malone G Fr. 6-1 32 Jalyn McKoy F Fr. 6-8 12 Alex Mills G So. 6-1 0 Ben Nakwaasah G Fr. 6-1 21 DeAnte Robinson F Fr. 6-6 1 Antonio Wade G Fr. 6-1 Managers Stephon Alexander Chanel Johnson and Rashad Miller Hometown Lake Charles Louisiana Killeen Texas Friendswood Texas Mesquite Texas Grand Prairie Texas Forestville Maryland Dallas Texas Kennedale Texas Killeen Texas Killeen Texas McKinney Texas Raleigh North Carolina Laurens South Carolina Richardson Texas Philadelphia Pennsylvania Marietta Georgia www.McLennanAthletics.com 9 2015-16 highlanders Schedule Day Fri. Sat. Tue. Fri. Sat. Wed. Thu. Fri. Sun. Tue. Wed. Mon. Wed. Sat. Tue. Sun. Mon. Tue. Sat. Wed. Sat. Sat. Wed. Sat. Wed. Sat. Wed. Wed. Sat. Wed. Wed.-Sat. Date Oct. 30 Oct. 31 Nov. 3 Nov. 6 Nov. 7 Nov. 11 Nov. 12 Nov. 13 Nov. 15 Nov. 17 Nov. 18 Nov. 23 Dec. 2 Dec. 5 Dec. 29 Jan. 3 Jan. 4 Jan. 5 Jan. 9 Jan. 13 Jan. 16 Jan. 23 Jan. 27 Jan. 30 Feb. 3 Feb. 6 Feb. 10 Feb. 17 Feb. 20 Feb. 24 Mar. 2-5 Opponent McLennan Classic Southern-Shreveport Richland Angelina Joe White Classic Navarro God s Academy Lone Star-Tomball Lewis Orr Classic Trinity Valley Navarro Concordia JV Bossier Parish Southern -Shreveport Cedar Valley Eastfield Richland Angelina Odessa North Lake Concordia JV Ranger Weatherford Hill Collin Temple Southwestern Christian Ranger Weatherford Hill Collin Temple Southwestern Christian Region V Tournament Place Waco Waco Waco Hillsboro Hillsboro Waco Corsicana Corsicana Austin Bossier Parish LA Shreveport LA Lancaster Waco Dallas Lufkin Brownwood Waco Waco Waco Weatherford Waco Waco Temple Waco Ranger Waco Hillsboro Plano Waco Terrell Brownwood Time 8 p.m. 8 p.m. 7 p.m. 5 p.m. 1 p.m. 5 30 p.m. 5 p.m. 4 p.m. 1 p.m. 7 p.m. 5 p.m. 7 p.m. 6 p.m. 2 p.m. 7 p.m. 4 p.m. 4 p.m. 2 p.m. 4 p.m. 7 30 p.m. 4 p.m. 4 p.m. 7 30 p.m. 4 p.m. 7 30 p.m. 4 p.m. 7 30 p.m. 7 30 p.m. 4 p.m. 5 p.m. TBA North Texas Junior College Athletic Conference game Home games in bold all times Central and subject to change 10 2015 McLennan Fall Media Guide K.J Boyd Sophomore 5-11 Guard Clear Springs High School League City Texas 2014-15 Averaged 3.5 points and 1.9 assists while appearing in 29 of the Highlanders 31 games. High School Averaged 16.4 points and 4.2 assists per game playing for coach Chris Johnson ... Two-time first-team all-district selection ... First-team all-county as a senior and honorable mention as a junior ... Two-time all-academic team selection. Personal Son of Yvette and Kelvin Boyd Sr. ... Born in Webster Texas ... Has two sisters Kelscia and Gabby ... Engineering major. 3 Zach Charles Sophomore 6-7 Forward John Horn High School Mesquite Texas 2014-15 Averaged 2.6 points and 2.9 rebounds while appearing in 20 of the Highlanders 31 games. High School Averaged 14 points and 10 rebounds playing for coach Billy Clark ... 2012 Bishop Lynch Defensive Player of the Year ... First-team all-district selection ... 2011 Bishop Lynch Star Student. Personal Son of Chris and Asani Charles ... Born in Lakewood California ... Has one brother Daniel and one sister Karlie ... General studies major. 33 rick curry Sophomore 6-8 Center South Grand Prairie School Grand Prairie Texas 2014-15 Averaged 5.1 points and 4.7 rebounds while appearing in 31 of the Buccaneers 32 games at Blinn College. High School Averaged 10 points six rebounds and three blocks playing for coach Brandon Bennett ... Led team to UIL playoffs for consecutive years including a state tournament appearance in 2013 ... First-team alldistrict selection ... Member of Urban DFW Elite ... Personal Son of Thomasine and Ricky Curry ... Born in Dallas Texas ... General studies major. 44 www.McLennanAthletics.com 11 aundre jackson Sophomore 24 6-4 Forward Kennedale High School Kennedale Texas 2014-15 Averaged 7.3 points and 3.8 rebounds while appearing in all 31 of the Highlanders games. High School Averaged 20 points and eight rebounds playing for coach Doug Groff ... Two-time first-team all-district and all-region selection ... Two-time district Offensive Player of the Year ... District Co-MVP... Region 1-3A MVP ... All-state selection ... Texas Association of Basketball coaches All-Star ... Perfect Attendance Award recipient. Personal Son of LaTrisha Jackson ... Born in Fort Worth Texas ... Has one brother Brian and three sisters Michelle Brishon and Tytianna ... General studies major. Brian Long Sophomore 15 6-4 Forward Killeen High School Killeen Texas High School Averaged 7.4 points and 3 rebounds per game while appearing in 29 games at Navarro College. High School Averaged 21.4 points 6.5 rebounds and 4.0 blocks per game playing for coach Reggie Huggins ... First-team all-district selection. Personal Son of Henry and Yosimiena Pantoja ... Born in San Bernardino California ... Has two brothers Noel and Christian and two sisters Laila and Aurieana ... General studies major. Alex Mills Sophomore 12 6-1 Guard Legacy Charter School Laurens South Carolina 2014-15 Averaged 12.9 points and 1.4 rebounds while appearing in 30 of the Highlanders 31 games ... First-team all-conference selection. High School Averaged 21.4 points and 4.5 assists playing for coach B.J. Jackson ... NACA All-American ... Legacy Charter National Team Offensive Player of the Year ... Honors graduate. Personal Son of Lisa and Bruce Mills ... Born in Laurens South Carolina ... General studies major. 12 2015 McLennan Fall Media Guide Justin bartie Freshman 14 shannon bogues Freshman 6-2 Guard Ellison High School Killeen Texas Personal Son of Shannon and Shantell Bogues ... Born in Baltimore Maryland ... Has two brothers Shamir and Shaheim ... General studies major. 11 6-3 Guard Hamilton Christian Academy Lake Charles Louisiana High School Averaged 21.5 points 8.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game playing for coach Dexter Washington ... First-team alldistrict selection as a senior and second-team selection as a junior ... First-team all-area and second-team all-state selection ... District 4-1A MVP.. Personal Son of Charisse Lewis ... Born in Lake Charles Louisiana ... Has two brothers Osiris and Nathaniel and one sister Natalie ... General studies major. Kennith ford Freshman 4 jerami grace Freshman 6-3 Guard Duncanville High School Dallas Texas High School Averaged 17 points and five assists per game playing for coach Danny Henderson ... First-team all-district selection ... McDonald s Invitational MVP. Personal Son of Ricky Grace and Gwendolyn Wright ... Born in Perth Australia ... Has four sisters Mary Jaida Jazmyn and Jordynn ... Business and marketing major. 5 6-3 Guard National Collegiate Prep Forestville Maryland High School Averaged 18 points and five rebounds playing for coach Blaine James ... First-team all-Public Charter School Athletic Association and second-team all-D.C. selection ... Honor roll student. Personal Son of Sandra Ford and Tyrone Gardner ... Born in Washington D.C. ... Has two sisters Jakayla and Sharmika ... General studies major. www.McLennanAthletics.com 13 34 fred jackson Freshman 10 kaelen malone Freshman 6-7 Center Ellison High School Killeen Texas 2014-15 Redshirt season at Western Texas College. Personal Son of Kesha Jackson ... Born in Fort Campbell Kentucky ... Has one sister Jayla ... General studies major. 6-1 Guard Westwind Academy McKinney Texas High School Averaged 18.4 points and 8.0 assists per game playing for coach Jai Steadman ... TAPPs Class 3A all-state selection ... Three-time Pangos All-American Camp invitee ... Two-time Reebok Breakout Camp Invitee ... Honor roll student. Personal Son of Mitch Malone and Lorna Tucker-Malone ... Born in Dallas Texas ... Has two brothers Antoine and Ryan and one sister Brazgette ... General studies major. 32 jalyn mckoy Freshman 0 Freshman ben nakwaasah 6-8 Guard Word of God Christian Academy Raleigh North Carolina High School Averaged 14 points and 11 rebounds per game playing for coach Tim Woods ... Honor roll student. Personal Son of Cheryta McKoy ... Born in Raleigh North Carolina ... Has one sister Cidney ... General studies major. 6-1 Guard Richardson High School Richardson Texas High School Averaged 18.8 points and 4.4 steals playing for coach Justin Reese ... District 15-6A MVP ... All-region selection. Personal Son of Hart Nakwaasah ... Born in Richardson Texas ... Has four brothers Nicholas Grant Maxx and Wesley and one sister Sira ... General studies major. 14 2015 McLennan Fall Media Guide Deante robinson Freshman 21 antonio wade Freshman 6-1 Guard Hillgrove High School Marietta Georgia Personal Son of Shannon and Shantell Bogues ... Born in Baltimore Maryland ... Has two brothers Shamir and Shaheim ... General studies major. 11 6-6 Forward Imhotep Institute Charter High School Lake Charles Louisiana High School Averaged 15 points and 10 rebounds per game playing for coach Andre Nobel ... Philadelphia Public League (Pub) Champion ... All-Pub selection. Personal Son of Akilah Robinson ... Born in Philadelphia Pennsylvania ... Has one brother DeAndre and one sister Khaliah ... General studies major. stephon alexander sophomore Manager chanel johnson sophomore Manager rashaad miller Manager sophomore www.McLennanAthletics.com 15 Kevin Gill Head Coach Success has become the standard for the Highlanders and head coach Kevin Gill. Since Gill took over the program in 2002 the Highlanders have secured a regional tournament berth every year advancing to the semifinals four times. The Highlanders are 317-93 under Gill s watch. In 2012 Gill collected his 400th career victory as a head coach. He has led the Highlanders to five conference titles NTJCAC Champions in 2006 2010 2011 and 2014 and Co-Champions in 2007. Those accomplishments garnered him conference Coach of the Year honors in 2006 2010 2011 and 2014 and Co-Coach of the Year honors in 2007. In 12 years Gill has seen 52 players named all-conference and two players earn NJCAA All-American honors. He was named the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches Junior College Coach of the Year in 2014 after leading the Highlanders to a 28-3 record. Gill came to McLennan from Waco s La Vega High School. In three years at his alma mater Gill led the Pirates to a 92-11 record and a state championship for the first time in the school s history. Prior to La Vega Gill was head coach at Hubbard High School where he helped the Jaguars advance to the state playoffs for the first time in 10 years with a 25-7 record. In his six years as a high school coach he compiled a record of 167-33. His coaching career began in 1993 at Lake Air Middle School in Waco. Gill was an assistant at La Vega for two years before moving to Hubbard. Gill graduated from Paul Quinn College in 1990. In 1998 he earned his master s degree from Prairie View A&M University. Gill and his wife Suzette a teacher and coach at La Vega High School are the parents of two daughters Chelsi 20 a member of the Stephen F. Austin State University track team and Kobi 17 a senior at La Vega. Coaching Experience 2002-present McLennan Community College 1999-2002 La Vega High School Head CoaCH Head CoaCH Head CoaCH 1996-99 Hubbard High School 1994-96 La Vega High School assistant CoaCH Head CoaCH 1993-94 Lake Air Middle School 1998 Master s in education Prairie View A&M University 1990 Bachelor s in social work Paul Quinn College education 16 2015 McLennan Fall Media Guide Jamaal Greene Assistant Coach Jamaal Greene is in his fifth year as assistant men s basketball coach at McLennan. Since joining the staff in 2011 Greene has helped lead the Highlanders to three second-place finishes and a North Texas Junior College Athletic Conference Championship. Prior to joining the McLennan staff Greene spent four years as an assistant coach at Midland College. During his stint the Chaparrals made two consecutive trips to the NJCAA National Championships captured three West Junior College Athletic Conference titles and compiled a 121-14 record in four years. The Caribbean Basketball Network named Greene the 2010-11 Coach of the Year for his tremendous work with student-athletes in the region. Before moving to Midland Greene served as a graduate assistant coach at Harding University (Arkansas). He also worked as a color commentator for NBA-TV for two years. A native of Freeport Bahamas Greene won silver and gold medals with the Bahamian Junior National basketball teams in 1998 and 2000 respectively before graduating from Coconut Creek High School (Fla.) in 2000. He continued his basketball career at Northwest College (Wyoming) Arkansas Tech University and Harding. Greene received his bachelor s degree in communication management from Harding in 2005 and a master s degree in kinesiology from Harding in 2007. He and his wife Kari have a 4-year-old daughter Jayada and a son Kanaan born in June. Coaching Experience AssistAnt CoACh AssistAnt CoACh 2007-11 Midland College 2005-07 Harding University 2004-05 Harding University 2011-present McLennan Community College GrAduAte AssistAnt Playing Experience 2003-04 Arkansas Tech University 2000-02 Northwest College Education 2007 Master s in kinesiology Harding University 2007 Bachelor s in communication management Harding University 2014-2015 17 www.McLennanAthletics.com carlos briggs Volunteer Assistant coach Veteran basketball coach Carlos Briggs joins the Highlanders as a volunteer assistant coach this season. Briggs a 1993 Baylor University graduate has coached at the Trinity Valley Community College the Univeristy of Detroit -Mercy Schoolcraft College and at Waxahachie and Cedar Hill High Schools. 2014-15 review Regional Qualifiers The Highlanders finished in second place in the North Texas Junior College Athletic conference with a record of 8-4. The squad entered the Region V Tournament as the No. 2 seed from the North but fell to New Mexico 70-67 in the opening round of the tournament. The team finished the season with an overall record of 23-8. Nationally Ranked McLennan began the season ranked 20th in the NJCAA poll and was remained either ranked or receiving votes in eight of the season s 22 polls. Conference Awards Sophomore Jalen Jones and freshman Alex Mills were named first-team all-conference selections while sophomores James Harrison and Ricardo Artis were second-team selections. Movin On Five Highlanders from the 2014-15 squad signed National Letters of Intent to continue their academic and athletic careers at four-year colleges. Jones is suiting up for the University of Texas at Arlington and James Harrison is playing at the University of Tennessee at Martin. Rashaan Surles is on the court at Mississippi Valley State University and Elijah Mays is playing for Florida A&M University. Ben Brown-White is on the courtat East Central University in Oklahoma. 2014-15 statistics Name 1 Rashaan Surles 3 K.J. Boyd 4 Jalen Jones 5 Elijah Mayes 10 James Harrison 12 Alex Mills 14 Ricardo Artis 15 Jeff Beverly 21 Ben Brown White 24 Aundre Jackson 33 Zach Charles 34 Devon Washington Totals G 30 29 31 23 30 30 29 31 30 31 20 29 31 FG% 45.9 30.0 46.7 37.3 46.6 40.5 54.4 54.6 64.3 69.8 50.0 59.2 59.2 3P% 24.0 38.7 28.9 28.6 35.1 37.4 31.6 31.8 0.0 20.0 0.0 0.0 33.7 FT% 75.5 70.6 82.4 63.69 90.4 83.2 69.5 79.8 40.0 66.0 58.5 66.7 73.8 REB 2.4 1.8 5.2 1.9 3.0 1.4 6..5 4.0 3.7 3.8 2.9 2.2 36.3 AST 2.4 1.9 1.9 2.6 0.9 1.0 1.2 0.5 0.1 0.9 0.2 0.1 12.5 STL 0.5 1.0 0.8 0.4 0.4 0.7 0.9 0.4 0.3 0.4 0.2 0.0 5.5 BLK 0.3 0.0 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.2 0.3 0.4 0.2 0.3 0.2 1.8 TO 1.4 1.5 2.2 1.0 1.4 1.3 1.1 1.5 0.7 1.2 0.6 0.3 13.8 PPG 4.1 3.5 15.2 3.8 11.4 12.9 12.9 8.6 3.6 7.3 2.6 2.3 84.3 18 2015 McLennan Fall Media Guide 2015-16 Season Preview On paper it appeared the 2014-15 Highlassies basketball squad was destined for greatness. Seven players were returning to the team from the 2013-14 squad that fell to New Mexico by four points in the Region V championship narrowly missing a trip to the NJCAA Division I National Tournament in Salina Kansas. But the Highlassies struggled finishing with a conference record of 6-8 missing a return trip to the regional tournament and ending the season with an 11-16 overall record. Despite a lackluster team performance sophomore Kaylin Roher and freshman Caylinne Martin shined. Roher was named a first-team all-conference selection while Martin was a second-team selection and earned the conference Freshman of the Year honor. Both earned Women s Basketball Coaches Association Junior Community College Coaches All America Team Honorable Mention honors. With Roher and the six other sophomore from last year s squad now playing at four-year schools head coach Ricky Rhodes will look to Martin and four other returns to turn the program around this season. Anytime you lose seven players at the JUCO level they are all key losses Rhodes said. You cannot replace their experience production and leadership. Martin will need to step into that role according to Rhodes. Usually guards are your leaders but this year Caylinne and Tayla Taylor are emerging as the leaders. They let their play lead the team and their personalities off the floor help keep their teammates at ease and ready for game time. Joining Caylinne and Tayla in the sophomore class are Kyera Coleman who saw ample playing time last year Diamond Ervin and Caylinne s twin sister Corrine along with transfers NiCosha Nelms Breana Stoner and Victoria Seay. Rounding out the squad are five freshmen. Our newcomers are still learning how the college game is played. Once they figure out that its about coming ready everyday competing at the highest level with their mind and playing with confidence their contributions to the team will be significant. Rhodes sees potential in freshmen Raven Ringo and Ariana Sanders. Both Raven and Ariana bring something different to the table and we should see that payoff during conference play Rhodes said. Playing teams like Angelina Kilgore Iowa Western and San Jacinto in non-conference play we will have to bring our A game every night. With the majority of the Highlassies games being on the road leading into conference play the team will have to learn to play outside the home confines of The Highlands if they wish to succeed. 20 2015 McLennan Fall Media Guide 2015-16 highlassies roster Numerical No. 5 10 11 12 20 22 23 25 31 40 44 52 55 Name Kiana Martin Breana Stoner Kyera Coleman Dariel Johnson Victoria Seay Diamond Ervin Ariana Sanders Raven Ringo NiCosha Nelms Tayla Taylor Tori Thompson Caylinne Martin Corinne Martin Pos. PG PG G G PG G G G F F F F F Yr. Fr. So. So. Fr. So. So. Fr. Fr. So. So. Fr. So. So. Ht. 5-4 5-6 5-9 5-7 5-6 6-0 5-8 5-9 5-10 6-1 6-0 6-3 6-1 Hometown Pflugerville Texas Mexia Texas Pflugerville Texas Dallas Texas Fort Worth Texas Waco Texas Pearland Texas Killeen Texas Teague Texas Marlin Texas Orange Texas Houston Texas Houston Texas 2015-16 highlassies roster Alphabetical No. 11 22 12 31 52 55 5 25 23 20 10 40 44 Name Kyera Coleman Diamond Ervin Dariel Johnson NiCosha Nelms Caylinne Martin Corinne Martin Kiana Martin Raven Ringo Ariana Sanders Victoria Seay Breana Stoner Tayla Taylor Tori Thompson Pos. G G G F F F PG G G PG PG F F Yr. So. So. Fr. So. So. So. Fr. Fr. Fr. So. So. So. Fr. Ht. 5-9 6-0 5-7 5-10 6-3 6-1 5-4 5-9 5-8 5-6 5-6 6-1 6-0 Hometown Pflugerville Texas Waco Texas Dallas Texas Teague Texas Houston Texas Houston Texas Pflugerville Texas Killeen Texas Pearland Texas Fort Worth Texas Mexia Texas Marlin Texas Orange Texas www.McLennanAthletics.com 21 2015-16 highlassies Schedule Day Fri. Sat. Tue. Fri. Sat. Wed. Sat. Thurs. Fri. Sat. Fri. Sat. Mon. Sat. Sun. Sat. Wed. Sat. Wed. Sat. Wed. Sat. Wed. Sat. Wed. Sat. Wed. Sat. Wed. Wed.-Sat. Date Oct. 30 Oct. 31 Nov. 3 Nov.6 Nov. 7 Nov. 11 Nov. 14 Nov. 19 Nov. 20 Nov. 21 Nov. 27 Nov. 28 Dec. 7 Jan.2 Jan. 3 Jan. 9 Jan. 13 Jan. 16 Jan. 20 Jan. 23 Jan. 27 Jan. 30 Feb. 3 Feb. 6 Feb. 10 Feb. 13 Feb. 17 Feb. 20 Feb. 24 Mar. 2-5 Opponent McLennan Classic Kilgore Angelina San Jacinto Angelina Classic Panola Angelina Blinn Coastal Bend Midland WNIT TBA TBA TBA TVCC Classic Texas Storm Arkansas Baptist Blinn McLennan Shoot-out Paris San Jacinto Ranger Weatherford Hill Cisco Collin Temple Southwestern Christian Ranger Weatherford Hill Cisco Collin Temple Southwestern Christian Region V Tournament Place Waco Waco Houston Lufkin Lufkin Brenham Waco Midland Midland Midland Athens Athens Waco Waco Waco Waco Weatherford Waco Cisco Waco Temple Waco Ranger Waco Hillsboro Waco Plano Waco Terrell Brownwood Time 6 p.m. 6 p.m. 5 30 p.m. TBA TBA 5 30 p.m. 2 p.m. TBA TBA TBA 1 p.m Noon 5 30 p.m. 8 p.m. 7 p.m. 2 p.m. 5 30 p.m. 2 p.m. 5 30 p.m. 2 p.m. 5 30 p.m. 2 p.m. 5 30 p.m. 2 p.m. 5 30 p.m. 2 p.m. 5 30 p.m. 2 p.m. 3 p.m. TBA North Texas Junior College Athletic Conference game Home games in bold all times Central and subject to change 22 2015 McLennan Fall Media Guide keyra coleman Sophomore 5-9 Guard Hendrickson High School Pflugerville Texas 2014-15 Averaged 2.5 points and 2.3 assists while appearing in 24 of the Highlassies 26 games. High School Averaged 10 points eight rebounds and five assists playing for coach Norma Sierra ... Three-time academic all-district selection ... Junior varsity team MVP as a freshman ... Team Offensive MVP as a junior and MVP as a senior. Personal Daughter of Lesa and Dennis Coleman ... Born in Round Rock Texas ... Has one brother Dennis and four sisters Kahmil Damitra Renika and Sabrina ... General studies major. 11 Diamond ervin Sophomore 6-0 Guard Waco High School Waco Texas 2014-15 Averaged 4.7 points and 3.3 rebounds while appearing in 10 of the Highlassies 26 games. High School Averaged 11.8 points and 7.9 rebounds playing for coach Ross Barber ... District Defensive Player of the Year ... Texas Association of Basketball Coaches All-Region selection ... TSHOF all-state selection. Personal Daughter of LaTonya Ervin and Dominic Jones ... Born in Waco Texas ... Has three sisters Dominique Justice and N nasynse ... General studies major. 22 caylinne martin Sophomore 6-3 Forward Langham Creek High School Houston Texas 2014-15 Averaged 12.0 points and 6.5 rebounds while appearing in all 26 of the Highlassies games ... Named NTJCAC Freshman of the Year ... Second-team all-conference selection. High School Averaged 15 points 11 rebounds and seven blocks playing for coach Annette Stewart ... Two-time first-team all-district and team MVP selection ... Set school record for most free throws in a season and rebounds in a career ... Set school record for most points (35) most rebounds (25) and most blocks (11) in a game. Personal Daughter of Moses and Felicia Martin ... Born in Port Arthur Texas ... Has one brother Moses and two sisters Arnelle and Corinne ... Physical therapy major. 52 www.McLennanAthletics.com 23 corinne martin Sophomore 55 6-1 Forward Langham Creek High School Houston Texas 2014-15 Averaged 1.8 points while appearing in four of the Highlassies 26 games. High School Averaged 12 points 5.7 rebounds and three steals per game playing for coach Annette Stewart ... Second-team all-district selection as a junior and senior honorable mention as a sophomore ... Honor roll student. Personal Daughter of Moses and Felicia Martin ... Born in Port Arthur Texas ... Has one brother Moses and two sisters Arnelle and Caylinne ... General studies major. nicosha nelms Sophomore 31 5-10 Forward Teague High School Teague Texas 2014-15 Appeared in four games for Clarendon College. High School Member of district championship team playing for coach Sheldon Moore ... Second-team all-district and honorable mention selection ... Defensive MVP ... Member of National Society of High School Scholars and Student Council ... Hispanic Honors Society treasurer ... Honor roll student. Personal Daughter of Candace Anderson and Patrick Nelms ... Born in Palestine Texas ... Has two brothers Desmond and Kobe and two sisters Malea and Zareya ... General studies major. victoria seay Sophomore 20 5-6 Guard W.E. Bowell High School Fort Worth Texas 2014-15 Averaged 3.4 points 3.1 rebounds and 3.6 assists while appearing in 28 games at Brown Mackie College. High School Averaged 6.2 points 3.2 assists and 3.1 steals playing for coach Ken Cook ... Two-time team MVP ... Led team in steals free throw percentage and three-point percentage ... Two-time academic alldistrict selection. Personal Daughter of Norma and Corry Seay and Amy Stum ... Born in Dallas Texas ... Has four brothers Shane Matt Corry and Jonathan ... General studies major. 24 2015 McLennan Fall Media Guide breana stoner Sophomore 5-6 Guard Mexia High School Mexia Texas 2014-15 Average 0.7 points and 0.7 rebounds while appearing in 26 games at Jacksonville College. Personal Daughter of Shenitia Cleveland ... Born in Mexia Texas ... Has one brother Damian and one sister Keiana ... General studies major. 10 tayla taylor Sophomore 6-1 Forward Marlin High School Marlin Texas 2014-15 Averaged 8.3 points and 7.2 rebounds while appearing in 10 of the Highlassies 26 games. High School Averaged 20.6 points 12.8 rebounds 3.4 steals and three blocks playing for coach Grant Richmond ... District MVP. Personal Daughter of Latricia and Cedric Taylor ... Born in Dallas Texas ... Has four sisters Ceondria Cederia Cedria and Larachel ... General studies major. 40 www.McLennanAthletics.com 25 12 dariel johnson Freshman 5 kiana martin Freshman 5-4 Guard Pflugerville High School Pflugerville Texas High School Averaged 9.0 points per game playing for coach April Hundl ... Named Defensive MVP and Most Improved Player ... Honor roll student. Personal Daughter of Tori Ray ... Born in Austin Texas ... Has one brother Latrell and one sister Mykala ... General studies major. 5-7 Guard Lincoln High School Dallas Texas Personal Daughter of Cynthia Owens and Darryl Johnson ... Born in Dallas Texas ... Has four sisters Tiara Tashay Darnesha and Karah ... General studies major. 25 Raven ringo Freshman 23 Freshman ariana sanders 5-9 Guard Killeen High School Killeen Texas Personal Daughter of Romero Ringo ... Born in Jackson Mississippi ... General studies major. 5-8 Guard Manvel High School Pearland Texas 26 2015 McLennan Fall Media Guide tori thompson Freshman 44 60 Forward Little Cypress-Mauriceville High Schoo Orange Texas High School Three-time first-team all-district selection playing for coach Linda Riddick ... TABC all-region selection. Personal Daughter of Franklin and Andrea Thompson ... Born in Beaumont Texas ... Has one brother Jajuan ... General studies major. www.McLennanAthletics.com 27 ricky rhodes Head Coach In his 16-year tenure Ricky Rhodes has led the Highlassies to two North Texas Junior College Athletic Conference Championships and has had 71 all-conference players 24 all-region players and four NJCAA All-Americans. Under Rhodes guidance the Highlassies have made 13 regional tournament appearances. The squad is a regular at the tournament making an appearance in 25 of the last 27 years. Rhodes took over the women s program in 1999 after three seasons as an assistant for the men s team. In only his second year Rhodes had three players named all-conference with two of those being unanimous choices and he garnered Co-Coach of the Year honors that season. After graduating from Waco s Richfield High School in 1986 Rhodes was drafted by the New York Yankees in 1987 and spent five years playing baseball in that organization before attending McLennan where he played basketball. He later transferred to the University of the Incarnate Word where he led the Crusaders to a Heart of Texas Conference championship in 1994 and a tournament championship the following year. Rhodes was an all-conference selection both of his years at Incarnate Word and an All-American as a senior. He also led the Crusaders in rebounding and assists both years. Rhodes graduated from Incarnate Word in 1995 and earned a master s degree in physical education from Tarleton State University in 2000. Rhodes and his wife Ginger a teacher at Hewitt Elementary have two daughters Avery 17 and Reese 14 and 9-year-old twin sons Derrick and Allen. Coaching Experience 1999-present McLennan Community College Head CoaCH 1995-99 McLennan Community College assistant CoaCH 1993-95 University of the Incarnate Word playing Experience 1992-93 McLennan Community College 2000 Master s in physical education Tarleton State University 1995 Bachelor s in physical education University of the Incarnate Word education 1998 Associate of Arts Navarro College 28 2015 McLennan Fall Media Guide candice thomas Assistant Coach Candice Thomas is in her second year as assistant women s basketball coach at McLennan. She joined the coaching staff in 2014 after spending the 2013-14 season as a volunteer assistant. Prior to joining the McLennan staff Thomas spent a year working as a physical education aide at South Waco Elementary and a year as a physical education teacher and coach at Carver Middle School. She coached the 2012-13 seventh grade girls basketball team to an undefeated Waco City Championship. Most recently Thomas worked as a recreational aide at the Bledsoe Recreational Center. Thomas a 2006 graduate of Waco s University High School was a four-year starter for the Lady Panthers at Prairie View A&M University. As a freshman in 2006 she led the team to the program s first SWAC Championship and NCAA Tournament appearance and she was named the SWAC Tournament MVP. Thomas led the team to regular season conference championships in 2008 and 2009 tournament championships in 2007 and 2009 another NCAA appearance in 2009 and an NIT appearance in 2008. She was a three-time SWAC First-Team All-Conference selection earning Player of the Year honors in 2008. Thomas earned her bachelor s degree in human performance from Prairie View in 2011. Coaching Experience AssistAnt CoACh 2014-present McLennan Community College Volunteer AssistAnt CoACh heAd CoACh 2012-13 Carver Middle School 2013-14 McLennan Community College Playing Experience 2006-10 Prairie View A&M University Education 2011 Bachelor s in human performance Prairie View A&M University www.McLennanAthletics.com 29 2014-15 review Sixth Place in NTJCAC The Highlassies finished in sixth place in the North Texas Junior College Athletic conference (NTJCAC) with a record of 6-8 and ended the season with a record of 10-16. Conference Awards Caylinne Martin was named the Freshman of the Year and a second-team allconference selection. Sophomore Kaylin Roher was a first-team all-conference selection while fellow sophomores Kendra Wynn and Adrienne Drake were honorable mention selections. Academic Honors Re Elle Miller and Roher were named to the NJCAA Region V North All-Academic Team for GPAs above 3.25. Roher also received a Superior Academic Achievement award for a 3.91 GPA. Movin On Six Highlassies from the 2014-15 squad signed National Letters of Intent to continue their academic and athletic careers at four-year colleges. Roher joins former Highlassies teammate Kyra Bauer at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. Miller and Drake remain teammates at the University of Texas at Tyler. Amani Davis is suiting up for Xavier University of Louisiana. Kendra Wynn is suiting up at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. Shae de Adedapo is playing at Alabama A&M University. 2014-15 statistics Name G FG% 35.8 24.0 26.8 37.8 27.5 30.3 27.1 25.0 35.2 50.0 37.6 50.4 50.0 35.9 3P% 34.2 0.0 18.9 33.3 22.2 22.9 20.0 21.4 31.6 33.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 27.4 5 Kaylin Roher 10 Macy Lozen 11 Kyera Coleman 12 Kendra Wynn 20 Demi Cumby 21 Re Elle Miller 22 Diamond Ervin 23 Sha de Adedapo 31 Amani Davis 40 Tayla Taylor 50 Adrienne Drake 52 Caylinne Martin 55 Corinne Martin Totals 25 23 24 26 25 25 10 21 23 10 26 26 4 26 FT% REB 2.0 0.5 1.1 7.0 3.0 2.7 3.3 2.8 4.7 7.2 4.4 6.5 0.3 28.2 AST 4.1 0.7 2.3 2.2 1.8 3.0 0.6 0.9 1.1 0.4 0.2 0.6 0.3 16.3 STL 2.2 0.2 0.6 1.3 0.8 1.2 0.7 0.4 0.9 0.5 0.3 0.5 0.0 8.5 BLK 0.0 0.0 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.1 0.2 0.3 0.6 1.3 0.2 1.6 0.3 3.8 TO 2.2 0.6 1.2 2.1 1.5 2.7 1.2 1.7 1.4 1.1 1.8 1.6 0.0 17.3 PPG 15.1 0.8 2.5 8.3 5.1 6.7 4.7 3.9 6.6 8.3 6.1 12.0 1.8 69.4 758.5 100.0 66.7 54.5 66.7 59.6 76.0 45.0 65.4 51.1 60.5 74.2 50.0 63.9 30 2015 McLennan Fall Media Guide highlights In its 40-year history the McLennan Dance Company has become one of the most elite college programs in the country. The squad is recognized nationally and the performance of the 2014-15 group was no exception. Unlike other teams dance begins their year in the summer attending two camps. Last year s squad began with six dancers attending UDA camp winning first place in the Fight Song category and receiving a Superior Trophy for blue ribbons in all dances they learned. The camp staff also voted the squad Most Collegiate. The entire squad attended NDA camp placing first in Team Dance and claiming a Silver Paid Bid to nationals and a Spirit Award. The team featured three All-Americans captain Aliyah Harris Cassidy Larkin and Daisha Mitchell. In the spring competitions the dance company won a fourth consecutive ATDS Hip Hop title finished as third runner-up in Division III Team dance and finished in second place of the ADTS Academic Championship. Harris and Mitchell also finished fourth and fifth respectively in the solo competition. At NDA nationals the squad finished third in Team Performance Division III and fifth in the Division III Hip Hop Finals. The team s seven sophomores have all moved on in their educational careers. Captains Shelby Bradley and Harris are now dancing at Sam Houston State University. Jenny Nance and Alyssa Calderon have joined the dance team at Stephen F. Austin State University. Larkin is attending Baylor University Ashlyn Miller attends the University of North Texas and Jesika Benavides is studying at MCC. The 2015-16 squad is off to the one of the best starts the program has seen in recent years. Once again the team won the Fight Song competition brought home a Superior Trophy and was named Most Collegiate at UDA camp. Success continued at NDA camp as the team placed second in Team Dance as well as the Game Day competition. The second highest overall score for Game Day led to a Gold Paid Bid to nationals for the first time in five years. The squad also won the Spirit Award. Sophomore captains Mitchell and Lyndsee Lemacks along with freshman Marissa Mendoza were named AllAmericans. This was the second All-American award for Mitchell. She also received the Top Gun Turns award. The squad will compete at the ADTS Collegiate Nationals in Denton Texas on March 19 and at the NDA Collegiate Nationals in Daytona Beach Florida on April 7-9. 32 2015 McLennan Fall Media Guide Lyndsee lemacks Sophomore Harker Height High School Harker Heights Texas Captain 2014-15 Member of the McLennan team that won the Collegiate HipHop title and finished second in Collegiate Team Dance at the ADTS Collegiate Championship placed second in the ADTS Academic Championship and finished third in Team Performance Division III and second in Division III Hip-Hop at NDA Collegiate Nationals. High School Twoyear member of Crimson Belles serving as lieutenant ... Showtime International Solo Champion ... 2014 Miss High Kick ... Miss Teen Dance first runner-up ... Kids Artistic Revue 2014 Photogenic Award winner ... HTE Dance Staff member. Personal Daughter of Tabatha and David Lemacks ... Born in Fort Hood Texas ... Has one brother Landon and two sisters Heather and Kaitlyn ... General studies major. Daisha Mitchell Sophomore Atascocita High School Humble Texas Captain 2014-15 Member of the McLennan team that won the Collegiate HipHop title and finished second in Collegiate Team Dance at the ADTS Collegiate Championship placed second in the ADTS Academic Championship and finished third in Team Performance Division III and second in Division III Hip-Hop at NDA Collegiate Nationals. High School Member of Patriettes Drill Team ... MA Dance Solo Champion and Crowd Pleasers solo finalist ... Miss Texas Dance Drill Team Champion and ADTS Champion ... Islander Dance Challenge Champion. Personal Daughter of Mia and Jadrian Mitchell ... Born in Humble Texas ... Has one brother Jadrian and one sister Hazel ... General studies major. kristin west Sophomore Joshua High School Joshua Texas 2014-15 Member of the McLennan team that won the Collegiate Hip-Hop title and finished second in Collegiate Team Dance at the ADTS Collegiate Championship placed second in the ADTS Academic Championship and finished third in Team Performance Division III and second in Division III Hip-Hop at NDA Collegiate Nationals. High School Four-year member of the Sweethearts serving as lieutenant ... Three-year member of Elite and Jazz team ... 2013 Celebrate Dance solo champion ... 2014 Dance Your Heart Out solo winner and Most Entertaining award winner. Personal Daughter of Brandy Agahi ... Born in Burbank California ... Has two brothers Joshua and Jonathan and two sisters Maxyne and Jasmin ... General studies major. www.McLennanAthletics.com 33 lisa bush Freshman Richland High School North Richland Hills Texas High School Three-year member of Dixie Belles serving as senior lieutenant ... AllAmerican ... Member of dance and kick company ... Precision & Presentation Awards recipient ... Division I solo finalist ... All-Star Performer ... Hip-Hop Award winner. Personal Daughter of Harumi and Adam Bush ... Born in North Richland Hills Texas ... Has one sister Wakana ... General studies major. dominique cloud Freshman Corsicana High School Corsicana Texas High School Member of Calicos Kick Company ... Member of Pac10 principal s advisory council. Personal Daughter of Greg and Janice Cloud ... Born in Corsicana Texas ... Has two sisters De kayla and De Ambria ... General studies major. Madison colemanpaul Freshman Rowlett High School Rowlett Texas High School Four-year member of the Silver Rhythm Dancers serving as first lieutenant and junior lieutenant ... Honorable mention AllAmerican selection ... Honor roll student ... Honor graduate. Personal Daughter of Jennifer Coleman and Brian and Gina Paul ... Born in Rowlett Texas ... Has one brother Zachary and two sisters Katie and Emma ... General studies major. K Julon Echols Freshman Willowridge High School Houston Texas High School Four-year member of Enchanting Wings serving as captain ... Honor roll student ... Honor graduate. Personal Daughter of Tangelia and Cedric Echols ... Born in Houston Texas ... Has one sister Kwajelin ... General studies major. 34 2015 McLennan Fall Media Guide heather eiben Freshman Taylor High School Taylor Texas High School Four-year member of Pacesetters serving as social officer and captain for two years ... Member of Officer Grand Champions ... Second runner-up solo. Personal Daughter of Laura and Jeff Eiben ... Born in Austin Texas ... Has one brother Coleman and one sister Krysten ... General studies major. valentina fuster Freshman Macarthur High School Irving Texas High School Volleyball defensive specialist ... AVID Club President. Personal Daughter of Jose Fuster and Vanina Scatterggia ... Born in Irving Texas ... Has one brother Maximiliano ... General studies major. kyondra harris Freshman Harker Heights High School Harker Heights Texas High School Four-year member of Crimson Belles serving as captain ... 2015 Showtime Solo Overall Runner-up ... Member of AVID. Personal Daughter of Rosa and Walter Harris ... Born in Killeen Texas ... Has two brothers Rashad and Walt and five sisters Kamayah Alana Ryleigh Kensley and Shatira ... General studies major. tania harris Freshman Klein Forest High School Houston Texas High School Named 2015 Outstanding Goldduster ...Two-time Dancer of the Year ... VIP sophomore and senior solo runner-up ... Outstanding Student Award recipient. Personal Daughter of Debra Harris-Robinson and William Robinson ... Born in Channelview Texas ... Has three brothers DeVante DeAndre and William and two sisters LaKedra and Kaydence ... General studies major. www.McLennanAthletics.com 35 jenna hill Freshman Harker Heights High School Harker Heights Texas High School Four-year member of Crimson Belles serving as spirit leader junior lieutenant and first lieutenant ... Named Harker Heights Dancer of the Year ... Division I Solo Champion ... Crimson Belle Elite selection ... Member of Student Council Diamond Darlings (president) and AVID (officer) ... Two-time academic award recipient. Personal Daughter of Daniele and Allen Hill ... Born in Temple Texas ... Has one sister Hanna ... General studies major. molly hodgden Freshman The Academy of Classical Christian Studies Norman Oklahoma High School 13-year member of studio company serving as a officer ...Four-time ADTS All-American ... Member of ADTS Regional High Kick Company ... Two-time ADTS regional solo finalist and solo champion ... Three-time ADTS National Ensemble Champion. Personal Daughter of Julie and Jeffery Hodgden ... Born in San Diego California ... Has three brothers Christian Peter and Silas and one sister Trinity ... General studies major. jenna lowry Freshman Wylie High School Wylie Texas High School Four-year member of Pirate Pacesetters serving as squad leader for two years ... Four-year member of Wylie marching band ... Named Miss Showtime ... Showtime International Superior Solo Award recipient ... Pacesetter scholarship recipient ... Honor roll student. Personal Daughter of Russ and Jill Lowry ... Born in Plano Texas ... Has two brothers Andy and John and one sister Sammee ... General studies major. marissa mendoza Freshman Sam Rayburn High School Pasadena Texas High School Four-year member of TexAnns serving as colonel ... Two-time all-state selection ... Four-time Division I Solo champion ... Named Sam Rayburn Dancer of the Year ... 2015 NDA All-American ... Named a Sam Rayburn Student of the Month ... Honor roll student. Personal Daughter of Oralia Mendoza ... Born in Pasadena Texas ... Has two brothers Angel and Oscar and one sister Mayra ... General studies major. 36 2015 McLennan Fall Media Guide breanna nelson Freshman Willis High School Willis Texas High School 2014 Showtime National Solo runner-up ... Magna Cum Laude graduate ... Member of National Honor Society. Personal Daughter of Kenny and Kimberly Nelson ... Born in Tyler Texas ... Has two brothers Bryce and Ben ... General studies major. macey reed Freshman Sachse High School Garland Texas High School 2015 Dance FX Senior Team National Champion ... Member of 2013 Sachse Swingsters National Champions .... ADTS AllAmerican ... Member of National Honor Society ... Distinguished honor graduate. Personal Daughter of Derrick and Velita Reed ... Born in Dallas Texas ... Has one brother Derrick and one sister Moriah ... General studies major. emilee spencer Freshman Willis High School Willis Texas High School Four-year member of Sweethearts serving as first lieutenant. Personal Daughter of Ronnie and Kathy Spencer ... Born in Willis Texas ... Has two brothers Kyle and Ryan and one sister Halee ... General studies major. alexis uribes Freshman Klein Forest High School Houston Texas High School Four-year member of Klein Forest Golddusters serving as captain ... Outstanding Officer award recipient ... Twotime drill team solo runner-up ... Honor roll student. Personal Daughter of Brenda Martinez and Daniel Ontiveros ... Born in Houston Texas ... Has two brothers Anthony and Adam and two sisters Amanda and Eva ... General studies major. www.McLennanAthletics.com 37 melana villa Freshman China Spring High School China Spring Texas High School Four-year member of the Electric Blues serving as first lieutenant and captain ... Named Heart O Texas Fair and Rodeo Most Enthusiastic and Freshman of the Year ... 2013 Miss Electric Blue ... 2013 HTE Dance Academy participant ... Received highest solo score at 2013 DEA competition. Personal Daughter of Traci and Ruben Villa ... Born in Waco Texas ... Has one sister Mikalynn ... General studies major. ally watson Freshman Corsicana High School Corsicana Texas High School Four-year member of Calicos serving as junior lieutenant and senior captain ... Santa Fe Solo runner-up ... Four-time AllAmerican ...Two-time Outstanding Performer Award recipient ... CHS Dancer of the Year ... Member of Pac10 principal s advisory council ... Collins Scholarship recipient ... Honor graduate. Personal Daughter of Tony and Myonghui Watson ... Born in Fort Campbell Tennessee ... Has one sister Emily ... General studies major. 38 2015 McLennan Fall Media Guide Sandy Hinton Director Over the last four decades Sandy Hinton has developed the McLennan Dance Company into one of the nation s elite programs transforming the group from a traditional drill team into a high-energy dance and spirit squad. Under Hinton s direction for 40 years the squad has won 11 American Dance Drill Team School National Championships in Division II dance and three ADTS Collegiate Academic Championships. In 2011 the team won the National Dance Alliance Collegiate National Championship in Division III for the fourth time in school history. McLennan first won the competition in 2001 and completed a threepeat with wins in 2009 2010 and 2011. The squad has finished in the top three six times in the last 10 years. In 2011 the team won the ADTS Division III Hip Hop and the NDA Division II Hip Hop title for the first time in school history. The squad captured the ADTS hip hop title again in 2012 2013 2014 and 2015. Hinton s teams have featured 34 All-Americans including her daughter Heather who was the first McLennan dancer to receive the honor in 1994. Hinton earned her bachelor s in physical education and speech from Baylor University in 1969 and her master s in physical education from Baylor in 1970. For the next five years Hinton was the drill team director volleyball coach and cheerleader sponsor at La Vega High School in Waco. She joined the McLennan staff in 1975 and began directing the dance team the next year. In 2004-05 Hinton was one of three finalists for the Texas Dance Educators Association Achievement Award. She was a finalist for the TDEA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013. Hinton has been selected for inclusion in Who s Who Among America s Teachers four times. Hinton is a member of Texas Dance Educators Dance Drill Team Directors of America and is a DTDA-certified judge for drill team contests and tryouts. She is the founder and director of Starlite Summer Dance Camps which served as a recruiting tool for future McLennan dancers for 36 years. Hinton s husband Mike is also a Baylor graduate and teaches woodshop and career exploration for Robinson ISD. They have two daughters Heather Kizer and Haley Honey. Heather and her husband Trey are the parents of Clay 10 and McCall 5. Haley and her husband Travis are the parents of Collin 12and Harlan born in May. Coaching Experience direCtor 1975-present McLennan Community College drill team and CHeerleader instruCtor 1970-75 La Vega High School Education 1970 Master s in physical education Baylor University 1969 Bachelor s in physical education & speech Baylor University www.McLennanAthletics.com 39 Chrissy Clay Volunteer Assistant Director Former dance company captain Chrissy Clay is in her second year as a volunteer assistant director. Clay was a two-year member of the McLennan Dance Company serving as captain for the 2009-10 year and earning National Dance Alliance (NDA) All-American honors. During her tenure the team captured back-to-back NDA Division III National Championships an American Dance Drill Team Schools (ADTS) National Championship and received numerous UDA and NDA camp awards. She continued her college career as a member of the University of Oklahoma (OU) pom squad serving as captain. Clay has 22 years of dance experience and is trained in jazz lyrical ballet hip hop pom and ballroom. For the past five years she has worked with ADTS as a choreographer and judge and has taught numerous college and high school camps. She graduated from OU with a bachelor s degree in health and exercise science in 2012. Coaching Experience 2014-present McLennan Community College Volunteer assistant direCtor 2009-present American Dance Drill Team Schools CHoreograpHer and Judge 2012 Bachelor s in health and exercise science University of Oklahoma Education 40 2015 McLennan Fall Media Guide 2014-2015 41 www.McLennanAthletics.com Welcome to MCLennan McLennan is a dynamic place to be a student. With a strong commitment to student success McLennan offers dozens of educational programs an atmosphere of cultural and philosophic diversity a supportive learning environment and a variety of extra-curricular programs and opportunities. McLennan is located on a scenic 215-acre campus near Cameron Park and the Bosque River. Nestled among rolling hills and large trees McLennan has been recognized statewide for its natural beauty and outstanding architecture. The college also owns Highlander Ranch a 200-acre horse farm located about five miles from campus and has an Emergency Services Education Center just a few miles off campus. History and Traditions McLennan was established in 1965 by the citizens of McLennan County. For almost 50 years McLennan has been serving Waco and the surrounding areas to help community members achieve their educational goals. The McLennan tartan the wool fabric with the distinctive plaid pattern of the McLennan clan is the official college banner. The McLennan crest depicted by a human heart pierced by passion nails is the official college seal. The motto of the crest is HOC MAJORUM VIRTUS which is interpreted as This is the valor of my ancestors. The colors of the McLennan tartan are the official college colors. The college flag displays a Highlander in black against an orange and white background. McLennan is represented by a kilted Scottish warrior in battle dress carrying a shield and sword. Students chose the Highlander to commemorate the Scottish founder of McLennan County Neil McLennan. Mac our Highlander mascot debuted in 2010 and his attire includes the official tartan fabric. Foundation The McLennan Community College Foundation activated in 1988 has as its primary mission the acquisition of financial resources and development of support in the community to be invested in scholarships faculty and staff enhancements the latest advances in technology and capital needs. Since its inception the Foundation now with over 15 million in assets has awarded more than 4 300 scholarships totaling over 4 million. 42 2015 McLennan Fall Media Guide Student Body McLennan has a diverse and vibrant student population of about 8 500 students per semester. They come from all walks of life from all over the country and even the world. McLennan recognizes that each student is unique with individual strengths goals and reasons for attending college. Entertainment McLennan s Visual and Performing Arts Division offers a lively selection of visual musical and theatrical activities throughout the year. Students receive free or discounted admission to concerts exhibits and high-quality plays and musicals held in the Ball Performing Arts Center or at Bosque River Stage a spectacular outdoor riverside theatre. Athletics The official mascot of McLennan is the Highlander a kilted Scottish warrior in battle dress carrying a shield and sword. In addition to nationally ranked play McLennan student-athletes frequently earn national academic honors. Community service is also a part of the student-athlete experience at McLennan. Teams often visit elementary schools during the year to read to the children and invite them to various McLennan events. Community Service McLennan students faculty and staff participate in a variety of activities aimed at improving life on campus and in the community. From tutoring to collecting food and clothing or participating in a benefit race everyone can help make a difference. Organizations With more than 30 student organizations at McLennan there s much more to campus life than the classroom. From social and service organizations to honor and professional societies students are sure to find a group that meets their interests. 2014-2015 43 www.McLennanAthletics.com Academics & Spring Highlights Since McLennan developed its athletic program in the late 1960s the Highlanders and Highlassies have established a tradition of excellence not just in athletic competitions but in the classroom as well. 2014-15 was not an exception. A total of 54 athletes earned their degrees in 2015. Baseball led the way with 14 followed by men s golf with 12. Women s basketball and softball had seven each. Men s basketball and dance had six each and women s golf had two. Gunner Cash (men s golf) Zach Johnson (baseball) and Kaylin Roher (women s basketball) received the NJCAA Award for Superior Academic Achievement. Summer Dolezel (softball) Mason George (baseball) Ashley Mills (softball) Bruce Popp (men s golf) Hunter Shattuck (men s golf) Braxton Wilks (baseball) and Leeza Valdez (softball) received the NJCAA Award for Exemplary Academic Achievement. The baseball men s golf women s golf and softball teams were named NJCAA All-Academic Teams. The Dance Company finished in second place for the American Dance Drill Team Schools (ADTS) Division III Academic Championship. Twenty student-athletes were named to the NJCAA Region V North AllAcademic Team George Stacy Heinatz Johnson Zach Kornely Kirby McGuire and Wilks (baseball) Re Elle Miller and Roher (women s basketball) Scott Brown Cash Nick Krsnak Bruce Popp and Shattuck (men s golf) Katy Colson and Fabiana Salazar (women s golf) and Dolezel Kaymee Gooden Amber Mills Ashley Mills and Valdez (softball). Baseball The Highlanders finished with a record of 19-13 in the North Texas Junior College Athletic Conference to qualify for the Region V Tournament as the fourth seed from the north. The squad opened the tournament with a win over Howard followed by a victory over New Mexico before falling to Odessa. The loss moved the squad into the loser s bracket where they defeated New Mexico to move into the championship round. The Highlanders defeated Odessa twice to qualify for their first JUCO World Series since 1983. In Grand Junction the Highlanders opened the series with a victory over San Jacinto before falling to Walters State in the second round. The squad defeated San Jacinto in the quarterfinals and Northwest Florida in the semifinals to punch their ticket to the play-in game. The Highlanders defeated Walters State to move into the championship round. The Highlanders fell to Northwest Florida in the championship game. Shortstop Brandon Grduzielanek was a first-team all conference selection while centerfielder Kirby McGuire and pitcher Jack Finnegan were secondteam selections. First baseman James Rudkin shortstop Will Fox catcher Mason George and Finnegan were named to the JUCO World Series All-Tournament Team. George also earned the Murucci Elite Hitter Award for the highest batting average (.588) in the tournament. 44 2015 McLennan Fall Media Guide men s Golf The Highlanders finished tied for second place at the NJCAA National Division I Championships in Newton Kansas. Freshman Cory Donnell finished in fourth place to earn First-Team All-American honors. Sophomore Ryan Johnson earned Honorable Mention All-American honors for finishing tied for 13th place. They claimed the District 2 Championship with freshman Blake Stock captured the individual title and finished second in the Region V Championship which combined the six rounds of the NJCAA Southwest Championship and the NJCAA District 2 Championship. Women s Golf The Highlassies finished in fourth place at the NJCAA National Championships in Mesa Arizona. Freshman Gianti Mahardhika finished in 11th place to earn Second-Team All-American honors. Freshman Lydia Traylor earned Honorable Mention All-American honors for finishing tied for 17th place. The squad claimed the Region V Championship. Mahardhika claimed the individual tile followed by sophomore Fabiana Salazar in second and freshmen Savannah Moody and Lydia Traylor tied for third and sixth respectively. All four earned AllRegion honors. softball The Highlassies finished in second place in the North Texas Junior College Athletic Conference with a record of 23.9 to qualify for the Region V Tournament. The team opened the tournament with a 5-1 victory over Cisco followed by a 1-0 win over Weatherford before falling to Temple 11-2. In the loser s bracket the Highlassies defeated Cisco 5-4 before falling to Temple 3-0 in the championship game. Ten Highlassies were named to the North Texas Junior College Athletic Conference all-conference teams. Sophomore Ashley Mills was named the Co-Most Valuable Player and a first-team all-conference selection. Joining Davis on the first team were sophomores Summer Dolezel and Aubri Hockenbury along with freshmen Marisa Flores Andrea Gonzales and Cheyenne Bell. Sophomores Amber Mills Kaymee Gooden and Danielle Gregory were second-team selections along with freshman Estrella Guardiola. 2014-2015 45 www.McLennanAthletics.com athlete housing McLennan student-athletes live in a quiet neighborhood just five minutes north of campus. Each spacious three-bedroom unit houses four student-athletes and has a large backyard and patio and a two-car garage. bosque River ballpark Bosque River Ballpark is home to McLennan s baseball and softball squads and is one of the best junior college facilities in Texas. Both fields include covered stands extended dugouts and recently resurfaced playing fields. McLennan Fieldhouse features men s and women s locker rooms a trainer s room coaches offices a concessions area public restrooms a covered practice area with artificial turf and four practice cages. The McLennan basketball teams call The Highlands gymnasium home. This newly renovated 3 000-seat oncampus arena includes an updated air conditioning system a weight room for all McLennan student-athletes new scoreboards and goals a new lighting system new stadium seating and refurbished playing floor. the highlands twin rivers golf club Twin Rivers Golf Club is the home course of the men s golf team. The 7 478-yard course in west Waco is the second longest golf course in Texas and is nestled between the Bosque River and the rolling hills of Central Texas. Built in 2001 the course was designed by PGA professional Peter Jacobsen and PGA member Jim Hardy. the lake country club The Lake Country Club located along the banks of beautiful Lake Waco is home to the women s golf squad. It features two 18-hole courses designed by Homer Easley in 1963. The regulation course has 18 bunkers and seven lakes while the executive course consists of four holes about 90 yards long four holes more than 200 yards long and 10 holes with yardage in between. 46 2015 McLennan Fall Media Guide about Waco McLennan is located in Waco the Heart of Texas and the meeting place of the Bosque and Brazos rivers. Founded in 1856 Waco quickly became a hub of commerce in the state and still plays a vital role in the Texas economy. Waco is brimming with activity year-round. Residents and visitors can enjoy the annual Heart O Texas Fair & Rodeo exhibits at the Art Center Waco on McLennan s campus and numerous other museums including the Texas Sports Hall of Fame. Cameron Park offers a challenging site for hikers and mountain bikers and at 416 acres is the largest municipal park in the state. Nearby Cameron Park Zoo is one of the state s finest and is just minutes from the McLennan campus. The Dr Pepper Museum in historic downtown Waco celebrates the birthplace and history of one of the country s most popular soft drinks. The museum sits three blocks from the original site of Morrison s Old Corner Drug Store where Dr Pepper was created in 1885. The Texas Sports Hall of Fame honors the Lone Star State s best athletes and coaches. Texas was the first state to honor its athletes with a hall of fame and baseball great Tris Speaker was the inaugural inductee in 1951. The Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum pays tribute not to the baseball team in Arlington but to the state s most famous law enforcement agency. The hall memorializes 30 Texas Rangers who gave their lives in the line of duty or served with great distinction. Wacoans are known for their involvement in charitable efforts. Many events are held throughout the year to benefit various charities including the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure for breast cancer and Cattle Baron s Ball for the American Cancer Society. Waco offers a sub-tropical climate with an average annual temperature of just over 67 degrees. The average temperature for December is 38.7 degrees and the average for July is 96.4. The population of Waco and the surrounding communities is approximately 230 000. The city comprises 85 square miles and sits 90 miles from Austin and DallasFort Worth. Houston is 180 miles away. The city is served by 1 400 acres of park land 10 health centers more than 325 restaurants and more than 200 places of worship. 2014-2015 47 www.McLennanAthletics.com dr. Johnette Mckown President Johnette Edwards McKown was named the third president of McLennan Community College in 2009. During her 25-year tenure at McLennan McKown has provided leadership for the campus first as Vice President of Business Services and then as Executive Vice President. Her many accomplishments at McLennan Community College include providing leadership in commitment to student scholarships developing a hybrid developmental English course leading the sustainability movement on campus and nationally bringing innovative financing to the campus to add more than 117 million in improvements and new construction successful master planning and enhancing campus safety with upgraded technology. For 10 years McKown served as an adjunct instructor in the School of Education at Baylor University where she taught Business and Finance in Higher Education in their Scholars of Practice doctoral program. Every spring she teaches English at McLennan Community College. Active in the community McKown serves on the board of the Waco Family Practice Foundation the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce KWBU Public Radio Community Visioning Board (co-chair) and United Way. She volunteers with Gospel Cafe Christian Women s Job Corp and the Talitha Koum Institute. She has served as President of Waco Sunrise Rotary and the Heart of Texas Business Resource Center and is a past board member of the Salvation Army and the Waco Business League. McKown was recognized as a Bluebonnet Girl Scout Council Woman of Distinction as a Pathfinder in a Non-Traditional Role by the Waco YWCA and as the recipient of the Nelson Award for Community College Administrative Leadership from the Texas Association of Community Colleges. Additionally she received the Distinguished Alumni Citation from Texas A&M UniversityCommerce. She has been actively engaged in professional organizations including Community College Business Officers and National Association of College and University Business Officers and has served on numerous accreditation teams for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges where she currently serves on the Board of Trustees. She currently serves on the Presidential Advisory Committee for the Association of Community College Trustees and is the Chair-Elect for Texas Association of Community Colleges. In fall 2013 McKown traveled to Germany on a Fulbright Scholarship. McKown received an A.A. from Paris Junior College a B.A. in English from Louisiana College an M.Ed. in reading and community college education from Texas A&M University-Commerce and an Ed.D. in Secondary and Higher Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Texas A&M University-Commerce. 48 2015 McLennan Fall Media Guide Senior Administration Front row from left Gene Gooch Vice President of Finance and Administration Dr. Johnette McKown President Back row from left Dr. Donnie Balmos Vice President of Instruction Dr. Phil Rhodes Vice President of Research Effectiveness and Information Technology Dr. Andrew Canham Vice President of Student Success Board of Trustees The McLennan Board of Trustees is composed of members representing seven districts in McLennan County. Board members are elected to six-year terms. Front row from left Doug McDurham K. Paul Holt Chair and Pauline Chavez Back row from left Randy Cox Earl Stinnett Bob Sheehy Vice-Chair and Geneva Watley Secretary 2014-2015 49 www.McLennanAthletics.com shawn trochim athletic director Coaching Experience 2004-present McLennan Community College 1994-2004 McLennan Community College Shawn Trochim was named athletic director in 2004 after spending 10 years as an assistant coach for women s basketball. During her 10-year tenure as athletic director McLennan teams have claimed nine conference championships 16 national titles and have featured 58 All-Americans. Trochim began her McLennan coaching career in 1994 as a volunteer assistant coach for the women s basketball team. A year later she was hired as a full-time assistant and held that position for nine years including a one-year stint as both assistant coach and associate athletic director. During her playing career at Waco High School Trochim was named to the Super Centex and all-district teams twice. After graduating from Waco High in 1988 she played basketball at McLennan and twice nabbed NTJCAC All-Conference and AllRegion V honors in 1989 and 1990. The Houston Chronicle named her the No. 2 junior college prospect in the state in 1990. After graduating from McLennan Trochim moved on to Texas A&M University where she played for two years and captured numerous other awards. She worked as a student coach at A&M for one year and received her bachelor s degree in recreation parks and tourism science in 1994. In 2001 she received her master s in education from Tarleton State University. Trochim is married to Ed Trochim a football and softball coach at Midway High School. The couple has two daughters Rhein 17 and Kadyn 15. atHleiC direCtor assistant CoaCH student assistant CoaCH 1993-94 Texas A&M University playing Experience 1990-92 Texas A&M University 1988-90 McLennan Community College 2001 Master s in education Tarleton State University 1994 Bachelor s in recreation parks and tourism science Texas A&M University education 1990 Associate in Arts McLennan Community College 50 2015 McLennan Fall Media Guide sports information A background in journalism and a love of sports led Candice Kelm to join the McLennan Athletic Department as Sports Information Specialist in 2006. She is a member of College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) and a founding member of 2ySIDA the association for sports information directors of two-year colleges. Before coming to McLennan Kelm spent three years teaching journalism and business at her alma mater La Vega High School where she also served as newspaper yearbook and student council sponsor. After graduating from La Vega in 1997 Kelm attended McLennan for two years before transferring to Baylor University. She graduated from Baylor in 2002 with a bachelor s degree in education with an emphasis in journalism and business. candice Kelm Education 2002 Bachelor s in education Baylor University becky railsback Becky Railsback is in her sixth year as athletic trainer. She helped develop and is the primary instructor for the college s kinesiology athletic training program. Prior to coming to McLennan Railsback was a graduate assistant athletic trainer at Baylor University and worked with the cross country and track and field teams. She also taught several athletic training courses and was a clinical instructor for the undergraduate athletic training program. Her affiliation with the track team also allowed her to work with professional athletes who train at Baylor. athletic trainer Education A Licensed and Certified Athletic Trainer Railsback is an associate member of the National Athletic Trainers Association and a member of the Southwestern Athletic Trainers Association. Railsback earned her bachelor s degree in kinesiology with an emphasis in athletic training from San Jose State University in 2006 and her master s degree in education with an emphasis in athletic training from Baylor University in 2009. She is married to Jon Railsback an associate with AT&T. 2009 Master s in education Baylor University 2006 Bachelor s in kinesiology San Jose State University 2014-2015 Marketing graduate assistant Derek Westbrook is pursing a master s degree in sports administration at Baylor University. Prior to attending Baylor Westbrook was a four-year member of the cross country and track teams at the University of South Alabama. He served as president of FCA and as a campus ambassador for Team Impact an organization that matches children facing life-threatening illnesses with sports teams. He was also the college s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee epresentative for the Sun Belt Conference. www.McLennanAthletics.com derek westbrook 51 Athletic Directory Shawn Trochim Athletic Director 299-8811 strochim mclennan.edu 1400 College Drive Waco Texas 76708 254-299-8622 www.mclennan.edu www.McLennanAthletics.com Zach Dillon Baseball Asst. Coach 299-8821 zdillon mclennan.edu Vince Clark Men s Golf Coach 299-8957 vclark mclennan.edu Derek Clapp Women s Golf Head Coach 299-8910 dclapp mclennan.edu Stan Mitchell Women s Golf Asst. Coach 299-8658 smitchell mclennan.edu Manuel Ordones Softball Head Coach 299-8876 mordones mclennan.edu Jessica Smith Softball Head Coach 299-8875 jsmith mclennan.edu Becky Railsback Athletic Trainer 299-8848 brailsback mclennan.edu Candice Kelm Sports Information 299-8833 ckelm mclennan.edu Mitch Thompson Baseball Head Coach 299-8148 mthompson mclennan.edu Chris Berry Baseball Asst. Coach 299-8822 cberry mclennan.edu Sandy Hinton Dance Director 299-8851 shinton mclennan.edu Kevin Gill Men s Basketball Head Coach 299-8550 kgill mclennan.edu Jamaal Greene Men s Basketball Asst. Coach 299-8845 jgreene mclennan.edu Ricky Rhodes Women s Basketball Head Coach 299-8546 rrhodes mclennan.edu Candice Thomas Women s Basketball Asst. Coach 299-8892 cthomas mclennan.edu Title IX Statement No person in the United States shall on the basis of sex be excluded from participation in be denied the benefits of or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and its implementing regulation at 34 C. F. R. Part 106 (Title IX) In accordance with the requirements of the Title IX Education Amendments of 1972 MCC s designated Title IX Coordinator Drew Canham - Vice President Student Success and Deputy Coordinator Melissa (Missy) Kittner - Director Human Resources shall be responsible for coordinating the College s effort to comply with and carry out its responsibilities under Title IX. Drew Canham Title IX Coordinator Vice President Student Success Administration Building Room 408 254-299-8645 FAX 254-299-8654 dcanham mclennan.edu Missy Kittner Title IX Deputy Coordinator Director Human Resources Administration Building Room 104 254-299-8514 FAX 254-299-8592 mkittner mclennan.edu 52 2015 McLennan Fall Media Guide 5 kiana martin 5-4 Fr. PG Pflugerville Texas Pflugerville H.S. 5-6 So. PG Mexia Texas Mexia H.S. 10 breana stoner 5-9 So. PG Pflugerville Texas Hendrickson H.S. 11 Kyera coleman 5-7 Fr. G Dallas Texas Lincoln H.S. 12 dariel johnson 20 victoria seay 5-6 So. PG Fort Worth Texas W.E. Boswell H.S. 6-0 So. G Waco Texas Waco H.S. 22 Diamond ervin 5-8 Fr G Pearland Texas Manvel H.S. 23 ariana sanders raven ringo 5-9 Fr. G Killeen Texas Killeen H.S. 25 31 Nicosha nelms 5-10 So. G W Teague Texas Teague H.S. 6-11 So. F Marlin Texas Marlin H.S. 40 tayla taylor 44 6-0 Fr. F Orange Texas Little Cypress-Mauriceville H.S. 52 caylinne martin 6-3 So. F Houston Texas Langham Creek H.S. Tori thompson 55 corinne martin 6-1 So. F Houston Texas Langham Creek H.S. www.McLennanAthletics.com 53