Coach James Frey is in his 11 th year as Head Coach of the South Georgia Technical College Lady Jets. In those 11 years he has amassed 304 wins to only 60 losses. In the current season, under Coach Frey’s direction, the Lady Jets currently have a 31-1 record, losing only the very first game of the season. The team has been at the #1 ranking in the NJCAA Women’s DI poll for the last 5 consecutive weeks and will be returning to the NJCAA Tournament for the 9th time in Coach Frey’s 11 year tenure.
Butler Women’s Basketball Assistant Coach Abby Fawcett has been an integral part of the Grizzlies success both this season and in past seasons. Fawcett, the top assistant to head coach Mike Helmer, has helped turn the Grizzlies into a true force in the Jayhawk Conference and has helped raise the program to one of national prominence. Since adding Fawcett to the coaching
staff in 2011, the Grizzlies have not posted a losing record in the 11 seasons since her hiring.
Over those 11 seasons, Fawcett has helped guide the Grizzlies to four national tournament appearances, including four Jayhawk Conference Regular Season Titles, and two Region VI Championships. Fawcett has also been integral in recruiting for the Grizzlies, helping pull three NJCAA All-Americans to Butler in her time with the Grizzlies. This season, Fawcett has been a
big part of the Grizzlies success, helping guide the Grizzlies to a 23-6 record so far this season and an 18-6 record in a stiff Jayhawk Conference.
White averaged 18.3 points and 13.3 rebounds, shooting 55 percent from the floor and finishing with a league-best 24 double-doubles.
She averaged 16.5ppg while shooting 48%fg. She is also averaging 6rpg, 2.4ast, and 3.1 steals.
Jason Nichols has guided Morton College to its first No. 1 ranking in school history. The Panthers, ranked in the NJCAA Division II top 20 for 41 consecutive weeks, are a school-best 31-0. Morton College was the runner-up at last year’s tournament, which marked the Panthers’ first appearance in a national championship game in school history. His three-year record at Morton College is 78-5 with three Region IV and two Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference championships.
His dedication to the sport spans over 50 years, with most of those being an assistant. Both as a men’s assistant and most recently as a women’s assistant at Pima Community College. In his 9 year tenure at Pima Community College, he has been instrumental in the Aztecs 5 trips to the NJCAA Dll National Tournament during that time. While just 78 years young, he remains a student of the game and connected to todays athletes.
A 5-8 sophomore guard from Waukegan, has produced 23 double-doubles this season at Morton College. She has led the nation in field-goal percentage the past two years, shooting 64.2 percent (181 of 282) as a freshman and 73.9 percent (246 of 333) as a sophomore in helping thePanthers to a 61-3 mark with win streaks of 26 and 31 games.
The MVP of the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference and the Region IV Tournament is averaging 18.0 points and 11.4 rebounds per game. Simpson put up 38 points and 11 rebounds in Morton College’s 96- 68 Region IV title game win over Rock Valley. She also is top 10 nationally in steals (128 – 2nd), rebounds (352 – 7th ) and points scored (559 – 9th ).