Coahoma Alumna Inducted into MCCF Sports Hall of Fame

Since its formation in 2007, the Mississippi Community College Foundation has recognized the accomplishments of former Mississippi community and junior college athletes and coaches by inducting them in the Mississippi Community and Junior College Sports Hall of Fame.

Representing Coahoma Community College in this 2018 class is Shirley Kinard-Lemon ’77.

Coahoma Alumna Inducted into MCCF Sports Hall of Fame

Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4061 - Marriel Hardy

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Wed Apr 25, 2018

Since its formation in 2007, the Mississippi Community College Foundation has recognized the accomplishments of former Mississippi community and junior college athletes and coaches by inducting them in the Mississippi Community and Junior College Sports Hall of Fame.

Representing Coahoma Community College in this 2018 class is Shirley Kinard-Lemon ’77.

Kinard-Lemon attended Coahoma County High School from 1971-1975, where she played two years with the Lady Panthers.  She served as team captain; averaging 18 points and 15 rebounds per game.

From 1975-77, Shirley attended Coahoma Junior College (now Coahoma Community College) on an athletic and academic scholarship.  During her two years at Coahoma, she averaged 12 points and 15 rebounds per game. She graduated from Coahoma with an A.A in elementary education.

Kinard-Lemon is honored to have been recognized and is humbled to be joining such an esteemed group.

“I’m very honored, not having any idea that anyone thought that much of me to be inducted,” said Kinard-Lemon. “I appreciate it very much.”

Some of Shirley’s most memorable moments at Coahoma were spent on the court.

“I enjoyed winning all of those games,” Kinard-Lemon jokingly responded. “We paved the way for the community college girls, being that our Coahoma team was the first to go to the Regional Championship in Chattanooga, TN.”

“It is my hope that Coahoma continues to make progress and do well academically and athletically,” Kinard-Lemon added.

Dr. Valmadge T. Towner, President of Coahoma Community College,  believes Kinard-Lemon is a trailblazer and an example for current CCC athletes and students to follow.

"Mrs. Kinnard-Lemon was a delight to watch as she executed her skills on the basketball court. She made all Tiger fans feel really good as a student-athlete. To this day, those who know her are still moved emotionally to a level of feeling good again,” said Towner.

“However, we now feel good because of the wonderful person Mrs. Kinard-Lemon has become. She is a wonderful mother, wife, family member and friend to many. I hope that all of Tiger Nation will join in celebrating and commending the accomplishments of Mrs. Kinnard-Lemon. Her induction into the Mississippi Community and Junior College Sports Hall of Fame is well deserved," Towner added.

After Coahoma, her talent and skills garnered her two scholarships to attend Mississippi Valley State University (MVSU) in Itta Bena, MS from 1977-79. 

While at “The Valley,” she played two years and she averaged 14 points and 15 rebounds per game. Shirley graduated from MVSU with a B.S. in elementary education.

After her college basketball career, she was offered the opportunity to play professional basketball with the San Francisco Pioneers of San Francisco, California.  Due to family commitments, she was unable to accept the position.

Shirley then became an elementary teacher as well as an assistant basketball coach. After dedicating her teaching abilities for over 30 years to the Quitman County and Clarksdale Municipal School Districts, she retired in 2009.

Shirley greets every challenge with an “I Can Attitude” and her personal philosophy is, "The Best Preparation for Tomorrow is Doing Your Best Today."  

 She resides in Rena Lara, MS with her husband, Sylvester, and their son, Brandon.