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After nine years, Chris Robinson finally brings a national title to JCJC

JCJC softball coach Chris Robinson. Courtesy: WDAM JCJC softball coach Chris Robinson. Courtesy: WDAM
CLINTON, MS (WDAM) -

Chris Robinson took over a JCJC softball program nine years ago that won just 10 games in the season prior.

Nine seasons later, the Lady Bobcats have won 391 games under Robinson, the most recent giving Jones County its first national championship in school history.

“It's night and day,” Robinson said. “Coach Bob Herrington and I talk about this, we took over a program that won ten games. And we won 16 the first year, and then we flipped the switch and won 33 the next, or 35. Those kids laid the foundation for this program to where it is now. I'm just blessed to have 18 players and two other coaches that I get to call my best friends."

"I bet it means the world to [Robinson],” said JCJC sophomore Kelsha Loftin. “He's worked hard and got great girls coming in. For him to finally win, I'm so happy and so proud that I could be on the team to do it for him."

Jones County followed up last year's school-record 55 wins with 54 in 2018, combined for the most in a two-year span at JCJC. The majority of that sophomore class moves on to Division I opportunities, which is the ultimate goal of coach Robinson and company.

"JUCO softball is so unique and different,” Robinson said. “You only got these kids for two years. So, we’re not ever going to miss a teachable moment and there was a lot in this game believe it or not. But our kids just did a terrific, terrific job of adjusting and doing what they were supposed to do so we could come away with a victory and a national championship. First in the state of Mississippi for junior colleges in softball."

"It's something,” said JCJC sophomore Karli Perque when asked about her last game in a Lady Bobcat uniform. “It's a little heart-breaking. We're all going to stay close. We're all going to keep in contact with each other because that's just how we are. Jones is home."

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