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Mamie Jones enters her 15th season as head coach of the North Carolina A&T softball team in 2011-12. Jones has established herself as one of the most outstanding coaches in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference since she joined the program in 1994. The program itself moved to fastpitch in 1992.
The Aggies look to return back to the resurgence they have enjoyed under Jones the past few seasons. The 2011 season continued that even though the Aggies were hindered because they lost their ace prior to the season. Jones still added excellent young talent to her roster and she looks to build in 2012 thanks to excellent additions on the mound. This season Jones will manage a team with three freshmen, 11 sophomores and two juniors. The team was over .500 for four straight seasons from 2007 to 2010, including a stellar 31-17-1 record in 2008.
In 2003, Jones led a team with only one senior and three juniors to a 31-27 record, the school's first winning season in fastpitch. The 31 victories shattered the previous record of 23 set in 2000. She notched a school-best 31 wins again in 2008.
Jones has been recognized for having one of the nation's most outstanding academic teams since 2002. Several players have been recognized for being National Fastpitch Coaches Association Scholar Athletes with grade point averages above 3.5, including a total of 10 different players over the last two school years. The NFCA also noted that the team's overall GPA is one of the best in NCAA Division I. Jones graduation rate is also stupendous. Her Academic Progress Rate ranks in the top 10 percent nationally.
Recently, Jones was distinguished as a NFCA Four-Star Master Coach for completing all eight courses of the association's National Fastpitch Coaches College. The awards show the commitment of the coaches to professionalism and the sport of softball.
Coach Jones has a long association with N.C. A&T. She played second base on the 1979 softball team that won the NCAIAW North Carolina Division I Championship. She was also a member of the Lady Aggies basketball team from 1976-80, establishing herself as one of the greatest players to don a N.C. A&T uniform. She has 311 wins in 17 seasons with the Aggies.
Jones was the recipient of the "Aggiette Award" in 1978. She also was named team MVP in 1978 and '79. Also in 1979, she earned the school's Player of the Year award. Following the 1978-79 season, Jones became the first women's basketball player at N.C. A&T to be named first- team All-MEAC.
She ended her basketball career as the program's first career 1,000-point scorer. In 1998 she was inducted into the N.C. A&T Athletic Hall of Fame.
A native of New Bern, NC, Jones received a BS in Health and Physical Education in 1980 and earned her master's degree in Education - Health and Physical Education in 1983. She also spent 11 years with the Greensboro Police Department.
Jones received a prestigious honor in September of 2004 when she traveled back to her alma mater New Bern High School
Coach Jones is well known for her casual, quiet demeanor. However, she is an intense competitor on the field, and influences her players to be successful in all walks of life.