Jacqueline "Jackie" Jeffery
(____ - ____)
Year Inducted: 2015
Jacqueline "Jackie" Jeffery was part of something very special with woman's athletics in the fall of 1975.
The Detroit native and Richmond resident was the coach of the first women's basketball team at St. Clair County Community College. And what a run Jeffery and the Skippers enjoyed for an eight-year stretch.
SC4 captured five Michigan Junior College Athletic Association Eastern Conference titles and co-championships, a regional crown and an appearance in the National Junior College Athletic Association national tournament under Jeffery.
In just their second season of competition, the Skippers claimed the league, state, and regional titles. They earned a trip to the 1977 nationals, where they placed eighth. Jeffery was selected the MJCAA and NJCAA Regional Coach of the Year during the 1976-1977 season.
Jeffery's strings of four consecutive league championships ended during the 1980-1981 season when the team suffered through numerous injuries. The Skippers bounced back with another title in the 1981-82 season before the college dropped its sports programs for three years.
Jeffery, who compiled a 164-84 win loss record in eight seasons, retired after the 1982-83 season. Many of the Skipper's non-conference losses during that stretch were to four-year programs like the University of Michigan, Central Michigan University and the University of Detroit.
SC4 had two All-Americans - Nancy DeNardin and Penny Kroll - during Jeffery's coaching stint, along with one All-National Tournament Team member - Laurie Nolan.
In 1983 when Jeffery wasn't on the Skippers bench, she coached the Blue Water Merchants to the Class B recreational state championship