Hinds CC head football coach Murphy steps aside; new head coach named

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Hinds CC head football coach Murphy steps aside; new head coach named
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16 August

Hinds CC head football coach Murphy steps aside; new head coach named

Coach Gene Murphy, who has led the Hinds Community College Eagles in football for 33 years, is stepping down as head coach but will continue as athletic director.

“As athletic director, Coach Murphy will continue to provide leadership and support to the athletes, coaches and staff of the athletic department,” said Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse.

Effective immediately, Larry Williams will assume the position of head football coach. Williams has served as the defensive coordinator for the last four seasons. He also served in this capacity previously from 2003-2009.

“Williams’ experience in the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges is impressive, and he will provide steady leadership for our football team and the coaching staff,” Muse said.

Murphy completed his eighth season in his second stint as head football coach last year. He was also head coach from 1987 to 2003. He has served as athletic director since July 1997.


“It has been a privilege to serve as the head football coach at Hinds Community College. It has also been a privilege to work along some very special assistant coaches,” Murphy said. “It is my hope that my coaching legacy will be, in short, an impact on thousands of young men in learning how to become successful on the football field, but more importantly in the game of life.”

Up to this point, Murphy has been the winningest active coach in the National Junior College Athletic Association.

Under his tenure, a Mississippi Association of Community and Junior College and National Junior College Athletic Association Region XXIII title in 1988 was followed up a few years later by a four-peat between 1994 and 1997 for both trophies. A sixth state and regional title under Murphy and the program’s 13th overall came in 2000.

Murphy’s teams have gone 172-76-5 in his two tenures as coach, from 1987-03 and 2009-present, guiding teams to the state playoffs 14 times and eight junior college bowl games. During that stretch, numerous former Eagles have gone on to notable careers at four-year universities and more than 50 have played in the National Football League.

Marks of success both on the football field and off are evident in the 15 times the college has won the David Halbrook Award since 1987. The award is given to the community or junior college with the highest percentage of graduates or completers in its athletic programs district-wide.

Williams offered kudos to Murphy as a mentor who has helped him over the years get to this point.

“I’m extremely excited and blessed to be the new head football coach of Hinds Community College.  Being a head coach is something I’ve always dreamed of, and I’m ready to lead this talented group of young men and get this season going,” he said.

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“I want to thank Dr. Muse and Gene Murphy for giving me this opportunity. I’ve worked with Gene for a long time now and I’ve learned so much from that man. He changed the culture and set the high standards not only for Hinds Community College but Mississippi Junior college football in general,” he said.

Williams said he plans to follow in Murphy’s footsteps.

“My main goal is to continue to build upon the great tradition of this football program and to make Hinds a household name in the state of Mississippi,” he said.

Williams had immediate impact on the Hinds defense in his first season back in Raymond and the defensive unit finished 14th in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) standings in total defense.

Williams also served as the defensive coordinator at Co-Lin, helping lead the Wolfpack to the 2012 MACJC state championship, and spent the 2010 season as the defensive line coach at East Mississippi Community College.

A former standout at Mississippi Delta Community College and Mississippi State University, Williams returned to MDCC to begin his coaching career for a six-year stint, serving as the Trojans’ defensive coordinator and defensive line coach from 1997 until 2002. He helped guide Delta to a pair of state runner-up finishes (1997 and 2001).

Hinds Community College is celebrating its 100th year of Community Inspired Service in 2017. Hinds opened in September 1917 first as an agricultural high school and admitted college students for the first time in 1922, with the first class graduating in 1927. In 1982 Hinds Junior College and Utica Junior College merged, creating the Hinds Community College District. Today, as Mississippi’s largest community college, Hinds Community College is a comprehensive institution with six locations. Hinds offers quality, affordable educational opportunities with academic programs of study leading to seamless university transfer and career and technical programs teaching job-ready skills. To learn more, visit or call 1.800.HindsCC.

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2013 Homecoming maids named
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17 October

2013 Homecoming maids named


Hinds Community College recently named its 2013 Homecoming maids.

Pictured are, from left, back row, freshmen Lateshia Vivians of Carthiage; Taylor Williams of Brandon; Brooke Vernon of Richland; Becky Yarbrough of Crystal Springs; and Katrellis Plumpp of Jackson. From left, front row, are sophomores Kenisha Mason of Jackson; Olivia Griffin of Walnut Grove; Courtney Cockroft of Richland; Antonyia Grissom of Vicksburg; Asia Madison of Montecello; Brittany McGee of Byram; and Belle Wadley of Vicksburg.

The five maids in the running for the title of Homecoming Queen are Antonyia Grissom, Brittany McGee, Courtney Cockroft, Kenisha Mason, and Asia Madison.

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Posted by on 15 October

High school seniors invited to experience Hinds CC tailgating

Thursday Night LightsAll high school seniors are invited to tailgate and cheer on the Eagles on Thursday, Oct. 24, at Hinds Community College’s last home football game of the season.

Tailgating is 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. outside Joe Renfroe Stadium on the Raymond Campus. Kickoff is at 6:30 p.m. Guests may enjoy free admission to the game afterwards.

Parents are welcome to attend with their student (maximum of two guests).

Enjoy free food, prizes, and admission to the football game. Seniors can visit with Hinds recruiters to learn about admissions, scholarships, majors and more. The tailgate will also showcase Hinds athletic teams including football, baseball, softball, and men’s and women’s soccer, basketball, tennis, track and cross country. Seniors can speak with coaches from the athletic department, as well as sponsors from the cheerleading team, Hinds Hi-Steppers and the Eagle Marching Band.

RSVP now by filling out the information located at For more information call 1.800.HINDSCC.

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Posted by on 27 September

Hinds CC celebrates Homecoming 2013

Hinds Community College will celebrate Homecoming 2013 with a variety of activities leading up to the Oct. 17 football game.

The schedule is as follows:


Oct. 16: 50+ Reunion & Luncheon

10 a.m., Fountain Hall

Honoring the Hinds Junior College Class of 1963 and prior classes.


Oct. 17: 2013 Alumni Recognition Dinner

4:30 p.m., Mayo Gymnasium

Honoring Alumnus of the Year, Dean Liles; Alumni Service Award Recipient, Howell “Hal” Gage; and Sports Hall of Fame Inductees Bill Buckner, Wendell “Moose” Campbell, Billy Rhodes, Willis Steenhuis and Gary Walker.


Oct. 17: Homecoming Football Game vs. Holmes Community College

7 p.m., Joe Renfroe Stadium

Halftime presentation of Homecoming Court, Alumni Awards recipients and Sports Hall of Fame inductees; performance by the Eagle Marching Band and Hi-Steppers with a special appearance by Hi-Stepper Alumni.


For tickets or more information, call 601.857.3363.

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Kyle Williams, Hinds Athlete
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22 May

Kyle Williams, Hinds Athlete

Kyle Williams

Thanks to a solid academic record and a strong right leg, Kyle Williams could have chosen to go just about anywhere after graduating from Pearl High School. Williams, heavily recruited by Hinds Community College coaches, decided to join the Eagles instead.

That decision paid off as Williams, who is transferring to Mississippi State University in the summer to play football, earned all-American status as a kicker for the Eagles in 2011.

“Last year was fun because we made it to the playoffs and helped restore some of the tradition that Coach (Gene) Murphy built at Hinds,” he said.

Williams was named to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) All-American Honorable Mention team.  He led Hinds in scoring with 70 total points, finishing the season 40-44 on point-after attempts and 10-17 on field goals, including a season-long 45-yarder against East Mississippi Community College in the final game of the season.

Williams was named to the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) All-Region team in 2011 and was named to the All-State second team as a freshman in 2010.

Williams continued his academic success at Hinds as well.

He was among several Hinds Community College students named “Who’s Who Among Students in American Community and Junior Colleges.” Sophomores are named to this program because of their achievements in academics and leadership qualities shown throughout their two years in community college.

“My time at Hinds helped me decide that I want to major in kinesiology because I wasn’t sure right out of high school,” Williams said.

Williams is the sixth Hinds Community College kicker to be named all-American since 1987. Mike Berry (‘88) kicked for Mississippi College. Jaret Homes (’95) continued his career at Auburn University and played in the National Football League. Scott Westerfield (’97) was a named All-Southeastern Conference in 1999 and 2000 at Mississippi State University. Neal Thomas (’99) left Raymond for Tuscaloosa, Ala., and the University of Alabama. Trey Crum (2000) stayed in-state to kick at Delta State University.

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