Meridian Star


October 3, 2008

Kilpatrick, Clark inducted in ECCC Athletic Hall of Fame

from staff reports

DECATUR – Former East Central Community College athletic coordinator and head football coach A.J. Kilpatrick and the late Diamond Warrior head coach Jamie Clark are the newest members of the college’s Athletic Hall of Fame during recent homecoming activities on the Decatur campus.

A.J. Kilpatrick

Kilpatrick, an ECCC alumnus who led the Warrior football program from 1982 to 1992, successfully guided community/junior college and high school football teams to an overall 238-138-12 record during his 36-year career as a head coach.

His resume includes a state junior college championship and several division titles, conference crowns on the high school level and several bowl game victories. He also won championships as a high school basketball and track coach.

“Although I never really finished the job I would have liked to at East Central in winning a championship, I really appreciate the College for remembering me and my family with this award,” Kilpatrick said after being notified of his selection.

Kilpatrick, a Philadelphia native residing in Grenada, has a long list of personal honors, the most recent being his selection to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Football Hall of Fame, which was announced in August. He was inducted into the Mississippi Association of Coaches Hall of Fame in 1986.

Additional honors include Choctaw Conference “Coach of the Year” in 1961 and 1965. He also received “Coach of the Year” recognition from The Commercial Dispatch in 1965,WLBT-TV in 1967, Northeast Mississippi Athletic Conference in 1974, Jackson Jaycees in 1968, National High School Athletic Coaches Association (Southeastern Regional District IV) in 1981, Mississippi Junior College Athletic Association in 1981; and Jackson Daily News in 1983.

His list of service to various coaches’ associations is also extensive and includes a term as president of the Mississippi Coaches’ Association in 1978-79.

Although he enjoyed a long, successful coaching career, Kilpatrick said he has greater pride “in seeing the young men and women that I coached have successful careers in whatever field they chose to follow.”

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