Andrews takes reins of Lady Bulldog basketball program

While playing for Louisiana State University and the University of Alabama, Jamilah Johns Andrews faced Ron Aldy's Ole Miss Lady Rebels many times on the hardwood. Beginning in the 2008-09 basketball season, Andrews joined the Holmes Community College Lady Bulldog basketball program as assistant coach. After four years, Aldy announced his retirement, and Andrews has been named head coach of the Lady Bulldogs.

Andrews came to Holmes from Fort Worth, Texas, where she served as an assistant coach for the Lady All-Starz, whom she helped lead to a 31-5 record.

As Holmes' assistant coach, she was responsible for recruiting, monitoring the team's academic progress and film exchange. Andrews helped lead the Lady Bulldogs to two postseason berths in her four seasons at Holmes.

The Starkville native began her collegiate playing career at Louisiana State University. The Lady Tigers made two appearances in the NCAA tournament, "Sweet Sixteen" and "Elite Eight," during her tenure under the leadership of the legendary coach, Sue Gunter.

Two years later, Andrews transferred to the University of Alabama where she was named co-captain of her team. She was the only senior to start every game and averaged 11.5 points and 7.8 rebounds. During her senior season at Bama, she was rewarded as the team's best in field goal percentage, the team's leading rebounder and team's leader in blocked shots.

Andrews earned her bachelor's degree in human environmental sciences from the University of Alabama in December 2002. Two years following her graduation, Andrews' professed that her love for the game was so deep that she was determined to compete once more. Andrews' professional career began in September 2005 when signed with Club Baloncesto Islas Canarias team in Las Palmas, Spain. She was named MVP for the Spanish Women Basketball League Top Division and currently holds the record as the first female to slam dunk for the team.

A stand-out athlete at Starkville High School, Andrews averaged 15 points and 16 rebounds as a prep senior. She also participated in track, volleyball and cross-country. As a member of SHS State track team in 1995 and 1998, Andrews' received the Ironman Award and was named an All-State high jumper her senior year.

She and her husband, Carlos, who serves as fitness center and intramural director at Holmes, have two daughters, Carleigh, 8, and Kelsi, 4. The Andrews are expecting a baby in June.

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