These area football players are shown receiving instruction from East Central Community College assistant football coach Mickey Mays during a Warrior Football Camp held earlier this summer on the Decatur campus. Participants received instruction on fundamentals and techniques in a fun atmosphere, said second-year ECCC head football coach Ken Karcher. “Our camps are designed to teach skills that make better football players and build young men,” said Coach Karcher. Mays serves as special teams coordinator and defensive line coach. Other Warrior assistants include Charles Jones, safeties and assistant strength coach; Eric Gray, corners and head strength coach; Dennis Alexander, offensive line coach; and recent staff addition Ben Cooper, tight ends coach.
After serving the past year as a graduate assistant football coach at East Central Community College in Decatur, Charles Jones was recently named a full-time assistant on Coach Ken Karcher’s staff.
Jones, who coaches safeties, officially begins the 10-month position on August 1, 2014.
Karcher, who begins his second year as Warrior head mentor, said Coach Jones “believes in the mission of the football program, is a good communicator and teacher, has a heart for young men and is a hard worker.”
Jones, a native of Waynesboro, Georgia, and a product of Burke County High School, is a 2005 graduate of the University of Alabama, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing and played in the defensive backfield for the Crimson Tide football team from 1999-2003. He was a three-year starter at safety and was named the All-Southeastern Conference Team as a defensive back in 2003. He also received the Bobby Jones Most Improved Defensive Back Award in 2001. Jones served as team co-captain his senior season in 2002-2003.
After graduating from the University of Alabama, Jones was signed as an undrafted free agent by the NFL’s New York Giants. Following a brief period with the Giants, he played for the Georgia Force of the Arena Football League for two seasons.
He began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Mississippi State University in Starkville, where he coached defensive backs from July to December in 2008.
Prior to joining the ECCC staff as a part-time assistant, Jones held coaching positions at three high schools in Alabama – Central High School, Bessemer City High School and Jackson-Olin High School, serving as defensive coordinator at two of the schools.
JACKSON - The Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) and JUCO Weekly (jucoweekly.org) have partnered with SuperTalk Mississippi (Telesouth Communications, Inc.) in launching a statewide weekly community and junior college radio scoreboard show.
“The Mississippi JUCO Football Scoreboard Show” will air each Thursday night from 10 to 11 p.m., for nine weeks, beginning August 28 and ending October 23, 2014.
“To team with SuperTalk Mississippi provides a tremendous opportunity, as it gives the MACJC access to an established statewide radio audience,” said Mike Frazer, JUCO Weekly founder. “SuperTalk Mississippi has built an impeccable reputation with the public and the corporate community over its many years of service, and we are very excited about this partnership.”
Frazer said the Mississippi JUCO Football Scoreboard Show will feature game scores, game recaps from media members, current MACJC standings, current MACJC player statistics and rankings, team rankings and player of the week selections. The scoreboard show will also highlight student-athletes who are receiving interest from senior college and universities. In addition, the show will announce the current national top 20 poll released weekly by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).
Jim Southward, who serves as MACJC Director of Athletics, said he is “excited” to see the MACJC make the move to statewide radio and SuperTalk Mississippi.
“We hope that people across the state of Mississippi will tune in for the scoreboard shows,” said Southward.” Mississippi community and junior college football has an incredible history. Each of our community and junior colleges offers tremendous opportunity to our students in athletics, academics, technical and vocational programs.”
SuperTalk Mississippi will air the scoreboard show on each of its 11 radio stations across the State of Mississippi.
“The Mississippi Community and Junior College system has had such a monumental impact on the state athletically and academically for generations,” said SuperTalk Mississippi Program Director David Day. “The success that the MACJC has in athletics, particularly in football, is flat out impressive and we want to be a bell horn for the league.”
Day added, “Airing a Mississippi JUCO football scoreboard show that showcases the league’s talent and promotes the MACJC’s overall impact to the state is in harmony of what we’re about here at SuperTalk Mississippi.”
The Mississippi JUCO Football Scoreboard Shown will be hosted by Mike Frazer with a co-host to be named at a later date.
In addition to listening the program on local SuperTalk Mississippi radio stations, the scoreboard show will also be streamed “live” online at www.supertalk.fm and also at www.jucoweekly.org.
The scoreboard show will air on SuperTalk radio stations in the following areas of the state: Corinth (94.3), Delta (96.9), Golden Triangle (100.9), MS Gulf Coast (103.1), Hattiesburg/Jackson (97.3), Laurel (99.3), Meridian (103.3), North MS (105.5), Southwest MS (102.1) and Tupelo (102.9).
The JUCO Weekly website, which turned four years old earlier this year, is designed to provide in-depth coverage of Mississippi community and junior college athletics.
To view live updated game scores, game stats, headline news, videos, game action shots, team schedules, team rosters, and more MACJC-sanctioned athletics, visit www.jucoweekly.org- the one source for Mississippi community and junior college athletics.
Ben Cooper of Abilene, Texas, was recently selected a graduate assistant football coach at East Central Community College in Decatur, announced Warrior head football coach Ken Karcher.
Cooper will serve as tight ends coach.
Prior to joining the ECCC staff, Cooper served the past two years as an assistant coach for the Abilene Bombers of the Arena Football League, and the past four years as a graduate assistant at Hardin-Simmons University, also located in Abilene.
His duties with the Abilene Bombers included coaching offensive linemen, tight ends and fullbacks. He also assisted with special teams.
Cooper helped lead the Bombers to the 2013 playoffs. His offensive line was voted “Best Line in the League” following the 2012 and 2013 seasons. Cooper was also selected to coach in the 2013 Arena Football All-Star Game.
He began his coaching career in 2010 at Hardin-Simmons, where he coached linebackers, quarterbacks and tight ends. He also served as a recruiter and was responsible for all out-of-state recruiting.
Cooper is a 2004 graduate of Austin (Texas) Hyde Park Baptist School, where he was a football standout at quarterback. He also excelled in basketball and track.
He continued his football career at Texas Lutheran University in Sequin, Texas, where he was a two-year letterman at tight end. He was also a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Cooper received a bachelor’s degree in theological studies at Texas Lutheran in 2009, and earned a master’s of divinity in family ministry at Hardin-Simmons in 2014.
He is the son of Walter and Juanita Cooper of Austin. He has a brother, Alexis Cooper.
A groundbreaking ceremony for a new synthetic turf field is scheduled Friday, June 13, 2014, at East Central Community College’s Bailey Stadium on the Decatur campus. The ceremony was scheduled following approval of the award of the bid by the ECCC Board of Trustees earlier this week.
Activities begin at 2 p.m. on Warrior Field for the new turf surface, which will not only be used for football games but will also host soccer matches and other special events.
CR Construction, Inc., of Flowood was the successful bidder for the eight-week project, estimated to cost approximately $727,000. The field is designed by Eley Guild Hardy Architects of Biloxi.
Funding for the installation of the turf field is provided in part from net proceeds of the recently held “Laying the Foundation: An Evening with Coach Tony Dungy.” The fundraising event was hosted March 28, 2014, at the Neshoba County Coliseum in Philadelphia and featured the current analyst for NBC’s Football Night in America, award-winning author and Super Bowl-winning coach who is also involved in a variety of charitable organizations.
“Thanks to the financial support from program sponsors - the Rush Sports Medicine Team, Anderson Regional Medical Center, Valley, and the more than 400 individuals who purchased tickets for the Dungy event, and the East Central Board of Trustees, we are able to begin the first phase of much-needed improvements to our football facility,” said ECCC President Dr. Billy Stewart. “We are also in the process of providing opportunities for businesses and individuals to help fund construction of the Football Operations Center, which will be constructed on the north end of the football field. We are very pleased with the response thus far and look forward to completing fundraising for the facility in the very near future.”
Dr. Stewart will provide opening remarks at the groundbreaking ceremony. Also participating in the brief program will be Board of Trustees Vice Chairman Jerry Smith of Philadelphia; Athletic Director Chris Harris; Head Football Coach Ken Karcher; and Taylor Guild, representing the architectural firm.”
The public is invited to attend the groundbreaking ceremony.
Football camps for young athletes are scheduled during June 2014 at East Central Community College in Decatur, announced Ken Karcher, Warrior head coach.
Coach Karcher said each camp “will stress the fundamentals and techniques with our primary objective focusing on quality instruction for each and every player in a fun atmosphere. “We hope to teach skills that make better football players and build young men.”
The schedule for the overnight camps is as follows:
JUNIOR WARRIOR BIG MAN CAMP
The Junior Warrior Big Man Camp is a two-day, semi-contact event for players entering grades sixth through eighth during the fall of 2014. All campers will be grouped by age. Participants will be instructed in both offensive and defensive line play, including competitive drills. There will be two practices on Monday and three practices on Tuesday. Cost is $125 per camper or $100 for groups of five or more. Fee includes four meals per camper.
JUNIOR WARRIOR SKILL CAMP
The Junior Warrior Skill camp is a two-day, non-contact event for players entering grades sixth through eighth during the fall of 2014. All campers will be grouped by age. Participants will be instructed in both an offensive and defensive position of their choice. There will be two practices on Monday and three practices on Tuesday. Cost is $125 per camper. Fee includes four meals per camper.
SENIOR WARRIOR BIG MAN CAMP
The Senior Warrior Big Man camp is a three-day, semi-contact event for players entering grades ninth through 12th during the fall of 2014. All campers will be grouped by age. Participants will be instructed in both offensive and defensive line play, including competitive drills. There will be two practices on Wednesday, three on practices on Thursday and two practices on Friday. Cost is $175 per camper or $150 for groups of five or more campers. Fee includes five meals per camper.
SENIOR WARRIOR SKILL CAMP
The Senior Warrior Skill camp is a three-day, non-contact event for players entering grades ninth through 12th during the fall of 2014. All campers will be grouped by age. Participants will be instructed in both an offensive and defensive position of their choice. There will be two practices on Wednesday, three practices on Thursday and two practices on Friday. Cost is $175 per camper. Fee includes five meals per camper.
ITEMS CAMPERS SHOULD PROVIDE
Coach Karcher said all campers should bring a football helmet, mouth piece, football cleats, shorts, T-shirts and water bottle for practices.
Participants will also need casual clothes for free time, washcloths, towels, twin sheets or a sleeping bag, blankets, pillows and all toiletry items.
A camp store will be available for campers during evening hours.
Assisting Coach Karcher are Warrior assistant football coaches Scott Brock, defensive coordinator; Mickey Mays, special teams coordinator and defensive line coach; Charles Jones, safeties and assistant strength coach; Eric Gray, corners and head strength coach; and Dennis Alexander, offensive line coach.
For more information, contact camp director Charles Jones, at 601-635-6371 or email email@example.com.
Participants may also register online at www.eccc.edu.
East Central Community College’s “Football 101: Skills Clinic for Women” scheduled for Saturday, May 2, 2014, on the Decatur campus has been cancelled.
The clinic may possibly be held at a later date.
For more information or to express interest in attending the clinic, please contact camp director Charles Jones, ECCC assistant football coach, at 601-635-6371 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Area ladies interested in learning more about the game of football should attend
East Central Community College’s “Football 101: Skills Clinic for Women” Saturday, May 3, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Activities will take place at Brackeen-Wood Gymnasium and Bailey Stadium on the Decatur campus. Registration is $25 for adults and $10 for East Central students and those under 18.
Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. in the Brackeen-Wood Gymnasiun. Activities kick off at 9 a.m. and include “Rules of the Game,” “Learning the Game” (Offense/Defense), Warm-Ups, Position Work and a Punt, Pass & Kick Contest.
Lunch will be served from 1 to 1:30 p.m. followed by afternoon events, which include Scrimmage Instruction, Offense vs. Defense Scrimmage and the Kick and Throw Contest Championship.
Walk-Up registration may be available, however, space is limited and advance
registration is encouraged. Payment must be made by cash or check only.
For more information or to register, contact camp director Charles Jones at 601-635-6371 or email email@example.com. Ken Karcher serves as head coach.
Dennis Alexander was recently selected an assistant football coach at East Central Community College in Decatur.
Alexander will serve as offensive line coach, announced head coach Ken Karcher.
Prior to joining the ECCC coaching staff, the former University of Alabama football standout served the past year as offensive line coach and run game coordinator at Shades Valley High School in Irondale, Ala.
Alexander served from 2010-13 as head football coach and head track coach at Bessemer City High School in Bessemer, Ala.
He served a brief stint in 2009 as offensive line coach for the semi-pro Birmingham Wildfire.
Alexander began his coaching career as offensive line assistant coach and substitute teacher at Jess Lanier/Bessemer City High School, from 2007-10.
A standout lineman, Alexander played professional football on two teams – first with the NFL’s Tennessee Titans in 2004 followed by a stint with Cologne Centurions in the NFL Europe league from March 2005 to December 2006.
Alexander won numerous honors as a member of the University of Alabama Crimson Tide squad from 1999 to 2003.
He was named to the Freshman All-American and Freshman All-SEC teams for the 2000 season and received the “Jerry Duncan’s Like to Practice Award” the same year.
Alexander served as co-captain in 2002-03 and was awarded the “Paul Crane Most Improved Offensive Lineman Award” for the 2003 campaign.
The Memphis native received a four-year athletic scholarship to attend the University of Alabama following a stellar career at Westwood High School in Memphis, where he received First Team All-Metro, First Team All-State and Second Team All-South honors.
Alexander received a bachelor’s degree in family financial planning from the University of Alabama in 2003. He completed additional coursework in 2004.
He is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology at the University of Montevallo.
He is married to the former Niva King of Columbus. They have three sons, Dennis Alexander III, Javin King and Jemarcus King.