Junior Varsity Coach
Bailey, who has over 16 years of coaching under his belt, said that he views himself, as well as other junior college coaches, actually as junior varsity coaches.
“We have these kids for one or two years and we are getting them ready for their next school — a four-year school,” Bailey stated.”It's similar to how junior varsity coaches get kids ready to move up to varsity in high school, really.”
And if four former Jags — Malik Smith, Nelson Kirksey, Maurice County and Cory Carden — who graduated from JC last spring at are any indication, Bailey is doing a fantastic job in his self-professed role as a junior varsity coach.
Smith is averaging a team-best 15.3 ppg. at Florida International University (NCAA, Division I) and is in the running for Sunbelt Conference Player of the Year, according to Bailey.
Kirksey has started 14 of Missouri-Kansas City's 27 games and is averaging 7.1 points and 3.3 rebounds a night.
“I remember after the first four days that I was around Nelson Kirksey, I questioned whether or not he was right for our program here,” Bailey said. “His heart changed though as he began to buy into our school's way and he has had nothing but success since then.”
Maurice County has started seven of 22 games at point guard at the University of New Orleans, also a NCAA Division I institution. He is sinking free throws at an 88.3% for the Privateers.
Over a Dallas Baptist University, a NCAA Division II school, Cory Carden, also a point guard, has started 19 of his team's 23 games and has connected at a 45.5% clip from beyond the three-point arc.
Carden also is tied for team lead in steals with 17.