Jamilah Johns Andrews, a native of Starkville, is entering her seventh season as head coach; yet, 11th overall year for Holmes Community College Women’s Basketball team. Within her six years as head coach, Andrews has had the privilege of coaching her first professional athlete, Aja Williams, who was also Holmes’ third NJCAA All-American player. During her tenure, Coach Andrews has coached three All-Region players, four First Team All-State players, five Second Team All-State players, and two NJCAA Student-Athlete Academic Award recipient. Three of her Andrews’ players were also inducted into Phi Theta Kappa’s honor society. Andrews is approaching her third year as the Chairperson of the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) for basketball.
This past 2017-18 season, Andrews’ was named Co-Coach of the Year. Under her leadership, the Lady Bulldogs claimed the MACJC North Division Championship, had a 100% graduation rate, maintained a 3.03 grade point average, and had three players (Nina Carpenter-Cal State at Bakersfield, Vaquela Pimpton-The University of New Orleans, & Brittany Webster- Jacksonville State University) sign Division I scholarships.
In July of 2016, Andrews earned her master’s degree in physical education from the University of West Alabama. Prior to her post-graduate achievement, she earned her bachelor’s degree in human environmental sciences from the University of Alabama in December 2002. Almost three years following her graduation, Andrews’ professional career began in September 2005 when signed with the Caja Canarias team in the Canary Islands, Spain (Gran Canaria). There she earned a starting position in the line-up and was named MVP of the week for the Spanish League Top Division (FIBA Europe).
At the University of Alabama, Andrews was named Co-Captain of her team and was the only senior to start every game for the Tide averaging 11.5 points and 7.8 rebounds. During her senior season at the Capstone, she received accolades for the team’s best in field goal percentage, team leading rebounder, and team leader in blocked shots. Within the SEC, Andrews was ranked seventh in rebounding and 10th in blocked shots in 2002-03.
Andrews’ collegiate playing career began at Louisiana State University under the leadership of the legendary coach, Sue Gunter. During her tenure, LSU Lady Tigers made two appearances to the NCAA tournament, “Sweet Sixteen” and “Elite Eight.”
Andrews attended Starkville High School where she participated in basketball, track, cross-country, and volleyball. In basketball, she was highly recruited from Division I schools across the states. Her senior year, she was named as one the Clarion-Ledger’s “Honorable Mention.” In 1995 and 1998, her track team won the 5A Championship; even more, she was chosen as her team’s “Ironman” in 1998.
Andrews is married to Carlos and together they have three daughters, Carleigh, Kelsi and Khloe.