Thursday, April 21, 2011
Randolph to be inducted into junior college Hall of Fame
By KEVIN MALONEY
Former Northwest Mississippi and University of Memphis basketball player Don Randolph will be one of 15 athletic standouts inducted into the Mississippi Community and Junior College Sports Hall of Fame on Tuesday, April 26, in Jackson.
The induction ceremony is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Hilton Jackson on County Line Road, with a reception at 6:15 p.m. to begin the fifth annual program.
A veteran educator and one of the most avid sports fans you will ever meet, Randolph has been a teacher, a coach and an administrator for almost 40 years.
After excelling scholastically and athletically at Potts Camp High School, Randolph accepted a scholarship to play basketball at Northwest Mississippi Community College in 1959. An NJCAA All-American and two-time All-State selection for the Rangers, Randolph averaged 20 points and 21 rebounds per game his sophomore year and was chosen as one of only 20 players in the United States to participate in the All-American Basketball Game.
He received his associate’s degree in 1961, ranking fifth scholastically in his class and being voted one of the Most Preferred Men on Campus.
Randolph went on to letter two years at the University of Memphis and participated in the 1961 NIT in historic Madison Square Garden and the 1962 NCAA Tournament in Dallas, Texas. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in 1962, later earning his master’s in education from the University of Mississippi in 1971.
Randolph returned to Potts Camp to teach and coach in 1962 and has remained in school administration ever since. He presently serves as the superintendent of education of the Marshall County School District, where he has been since 2003.
A 2005 inductee into the Northwest Sports Hall of Fame, Randolph is a lifetime member of the Northwest Alumni Association.
Acknowledging the fact that there have been many outstanding athletes who have contributed greatly to the successful sports programs throughout the state of Mississippi, the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) began a program of recognition in 2007 whereby individuals may be recognized for their contributions to the tremendous success of the two-year college system.
This year marks the fifth class of the MCJC Sports Hall of Fame. Randolph joins previously elected NWCC inductees Bobby Franklin (2007), Jim Miles (2007), Donny Castle (2007), Harry Adair (2008), Cortez Kennedy (2008), Kenneth “Cat” Robbins (2009) and Jamie W. Howell Sr. (2010).
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