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James GreenJames Green
Men's Head Basketball Coach 

James Green, a veteran of over 30 years of coaching experience including stints as the head coach of three NCAA Division I programs, enters his first season as the men’s basketball coach at Meridian Community College.               

Green served as head coach at the University of Southern Mississippi from 1996-2004, leading the Golden Eagles to the NIT Tournament twice and winning the Conference USA regular season title in 2001, when he was also named conference “Coach of the Year.” He went on to lead the Mississippi Valley State University program in 2005-2008, making the NCAA Tournament in 2008 while also winning the SWAC Tournament championship and yet another “Coach of the Year” award. From Valley, Green took the reins of the Jacksonville State University program from 2008-16, recording several firsts in the program’s history including wins over two Final Four teams.

Green’s path on the hardwood began as a standout player for Ingomar High School in New Albany, MS. From Ingomar, he signed with Ole Miss, helping the Rebels in the early 1980s win the SEC Tournament title and qualify for a national tournament appearance every year of his eligibility – three in the NIT and one in the NCAA.              

His coaching career began at Jim Hill High School in Jackson in 1984, where he was named Metro “Coach of the Year.” He transitioned to the college ranks in 1988 as assistant coach at the University of Idaho, helping to twice lead the team to the NCAA Tournament and Big Sky Conference titles. His career continued to skyrocket as a major college assistant at Texas A&M, Alabama and Iowa State before Green landed the head job at Southern Miss. At Southern, Green posted 123 victories in an 8-year run.




Jocelyn McGilberry
Women’s Head Basketball Coach

Jocelyn McGilberry is entering her fifth year with the Meridian Community College this season, 2016-17. She finished the season as state runner-up 2015 and saw post season play in the Regional Tournament.   In completion of her second MCC season, 2013-14, she was named co-coach of the year and led her team to the South Division Champions. 

McGilberry, an excellent communicator with a track record of success, completed her last year with the University of Mississippi basketball staff in August 2012. During her time at Ole Miss, many of McGilberry’s efforts appeared in ranked classes as she was instrumental in signing a Top 15 class in 2005-06, and the 2006-07 signing class was also rated as one of the nation’s best.  She also served as the recruiting coordinator on the Rebel staff; in her first season in Oxford, she helped guide the team to the 2004 NCAA Tournament since 1996.

Prior to arriving at Ole Miss, McGilberry was an assistant coach at Mississippi State for eight seasons, guiding the Lady Bulldogs to a 138-98 record, six straight post-season appearances, including four NCAA Tournaments and two WNIT bids.

While at MSU, McGilberry’s main responsibilities were on-court teaching, recruiting and travel.  As the lead recruiter she was instrumental in bringing in both LaToya Thomas, SEC Player of the Year and four-time All-American, and Tan White, who also garnered SEC Player of the Year honors, to Mississippi State. McGilberry was in charge of game scheduling, team development on and off the court, including evaluation and oversight of team individual workouts and performance, development of leadership, and team individual accountability on the court, in the classroom and in the community. 

McGilberry joined the MSU staff after working as an assistant coach at South Alabama from September 1992 through January 1995. In January of that year, she moved up from assistant coach and assumed the role of interim head coach of the Lady Jaguars before leaving for Starkville.

The Ellisville native began her coaching career under former Ole Miss head coach Carol Ross at Florida in 1990 as a part-time assistant coach.  McGilberry worked at Florida for part of the season, before traveling to play professionally in Switzerland and Sweden.  While in Sweden, she helped lead her Sodertalje team to the 1992 European Cup.

McGilberry is no stranger to SEC women’s basketball or to Mississippi.  She was a two-time, all-state performer at South Jones High School before deciding to play college basketball at Auburn.  A four-year-letter winner on The Plains, she was the starting co-captain on Auburn’s 1988-89 SEC regular-season titles and was two-time NCAA finalists.

In 1989, McGilberry was named the Auburn Lady Tiger Unsung Heroine and the NAACP Outstanding Achiever.  A 1990 AU graduate in apparel and textile design, she is a member of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association, Black Coaches Association and Mississippi Association of Coaches.  In addition to her coaching endeavors, McGilberry also enjoys spending quality time with her favorite possessions, her Tennessee Walking Horses. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.