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Co-Lin Athletic Alumni Association to induct four into Sports Hall of Fame

            WESSON – The Copiah-Lincoln Community College Athletic Alumni Association selected four members to be inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame for the Class of 2020. A private ceremony was held on the Wesson Campus to recognize the honorees. The college will virtually recognize the inductees at the October 8 Homecoming game, along with videos posted online via Facebook and Instagram (@CoLinAlumni). The formal induction ceremony will be held in the spring of 2021. This year’s class included Debra Barnes Black of Brookhaven, Glenn Davis of Wesson, Jackie Stowe Johnson of Wesson, and Exavier “Nook” Logan of Natchez.

Debra Barnes Black

            Black is a 1989 graduate of Co-Lin where she was a member of the Lady Wolves basketball team and named MACJC First Team All-State her sophomore year. Black was part of the NJCAA Region XXIII Championship Team that had a record of 25-7. She also helped lead the team to a NJCAA National Tournament 4th Place finish. Black averaged 15.9 points, 8.6 rebounds, and 1.6 steals during the ’88-’89 regular season. Following her sophomore season, Black had 13 scholarship offers to continue playing basketball, including an offer from the University of Florida.

However, after Co-Lin, Black forewent playing Division I basketball in order to begin working to help her siblings and family. In 1998, she was in a serious accident that left her disabled for 13 years. Despite the accident, Black was able to overcome many obstacles and spent six years working at West Lincoln School, after working her way up from substitute teaching. Currently, Black works in the Lincoln County Tax Assessor’s office and has been there since 2012.

            Black is an active member at New Beginning Church in Brookhaven, where she sings in the choir and serves on the pastor’s aid committee. She is married to Patrick Black and is the proud aunt of Myeshia Barnes, Latrell Barnes, Damien Turner, and Gregory Turner.

Glenn Davis

            Davis graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Delta State University in 1982 and a master’s degree from Mississippi State University in 1987. Davis became the head football coach at Co-Lin in 2004. Prior to Co-Lin, Davis coached at Mississippi State University as a running backs coach, and held other various coaching positions at Co-Lin, Holmes Community College, University of North Alabama, and South Natchez High. While coaching at Mississippi State, the Bulldogs led the Southeastern Conference in rushing in 2000, and were ranked third in rushing in 1998. At MSU, Davis also coached James Johnson to the fourth and fifth-ever 1,000-yard seasons in 1997 and 1998 and Dicenzo Miller to the sixth-ever 1,000-yard season in 2000.

            During Davis’ coaching tenure at Co-Lin, the Wolf Pack football team has been MACJC South Division Champions and MACJC State Runners-Up in 2006, 2010 and 2014. In 2012, Co-Lin won the MACJC State Championship after finishing second in the South Division and played in the Mississippi Bowl. During the 2015 season, Co-Lin ranked fourth in the national polls and had 22 players sign four-year scholarships, with 20 of those being for a Division I football program. In 2018, Co-Lin made it to the MACJC playoffs for the fifth time while ranking 18th in the country and boasted a 100 percent graduation rate of all sophomore players.

Davis is the all-time winningest head football coach in Co-Lin history and has been selected as MACJC Coach of the Year in 2006, 2014, and 2018. He has also had over 225 student-athletes sign and play at many different four-year universities, and had starters in the SEC, Big 12, ACC and other national conferences. Additionally, Davis has had several players drafted in the NFL including first-round draft picks Montez Sweat and Nick Fairley, and second-round draft picks Tony Bryant and Randy Thomas.

            Davis and his wife Minta have two children, Micah (wife Ashley) and Ann Shelby (husband Josh Smith), and three grandchildren, Brooke and Cannan Davis, and Jackson Smith.

Jackie Stowe Johnson

            Johnson is a 2006 graduate of Co-Lin where she was a two-year standout second baseman and pitcher for the Lady Wolves softball team. She helped lead the 2006 team to a MACJC State Championship title, a NJCAA Region 23 Championship, and a third-place finish in the NJCAA National Tournament. Johnson was named First Team All-State and All-Region, was a distinguished Academic All-America, and NFCA All-American Scholar Athlete. During her two years at Co-Lin, Johnson batted .393, with a .525 on base percentage, drove in 64 runs, stole 26 times, drew 21 walks, scored 61 runs, and held an impressive .953 fielding percentage. As a pitcher, she held a 6-0 record and a 2.83 ERA. Outside of softball, she was also inducted into the Co-Lin Hall of Fame and was a Taylor Presidential Scholar.

            After Co-Lin, Johnson played softball for two years at Delta State University where she received the Lady Statesman Award. She was also named to the Athletic Director’s Hall of Fame. Johnson received a bachelor’s degree in 2008 and a master’s degree in 2010, both from Delta State University.

            Johnson currently teaches Geometry, Algebra III, and ACT Prep at Wesson Attendance Center, where she also coached from 2009-2014. During that time, Johnson won multiple Slowpitch Region Championships, as well as one Fastpitch Region Championship. In 2013, the team was 2A South State Runner-up in Fastpitch and Johnson was named the Daily Leader’s All-Area Fastpitch Softball Coach of the Year. Johnson was the Co-Lin Assistant Softball Coach from 2015-2018.

            Johnson is a former member of the Mississippi Association of Coaches. She and her husband Nick are members of Mt. Zion Baptist Church and have three children, Reagan, MaKinley, and Jace.

Exavier “Nook” Logan

            Logan is a 2000 Co-Lin graduate where he was a member of the Wolf Pack baseball team and Phi Theta Kappa honor society. He was named First Team All-State and All-Region, and All-Tournament at the World Series. He was a member of Co-Lin’s first ever MACJC South State Championship team in 2000. That same year, the team also won the NJCAA Region 23 Championship, NJCAA Central District Championship, finished fourth place in the NJCAA Division-II World Series, was ranked No. 4 in the nation academically, and set a school record of 47 wins during the season. Logan set a school record of 47 stolen bases and held the World Series Tournament record for most stolen bases.

            After Co-Lin, Logan was a third-round pick of the Detroit Tigers and the first player drafted from the state of Mississippi in the 2000 Major League Baseball draft. He made his major league debut in 2004 against the Kansas City Royals and was named the Detroit Tigers’ Rookie of the Year in 2004. Logan played for the Washington Nationals during the 2006-2007 season and was recognized as the fastest player in Major League Baseball that same year. During his major league career, Logan had 870 at bats with a .268 batting average. Logan was also featured numerous times on ESPN Top Web Gems.

            Logan is an active volunteer in the Natchez community and founded Miss-Lou Youth Activities Association in 2015 as a way to give local youth the opportunity to play organized basketball. The association helps teach children the basic fundamentals of the sport, while also focusing on character and other aspects of team sports and later expanded to include cheerleading. Logan and his girlfriend Krystal Knight are parents to Kameryn and Kalaeni. 

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