Jamilah Johns Andrews, a native of Starkville, is entering her sixth season as head coach; yet, 10th overall year for Holmes Community College Women’s Basketball team. Within her 5 years as head coach, Andrews has had a NJCAA All-American player, Aja Williams, two All-Region players (Tamia Grady & Aja Williams), three 1st Team All-State players Tamia Grady, Carmesha Nalls, & Aja Williams), four 2nd Team All-State players (DeNesha Dilliard, Taylor Johnson, Carmesha Nalls, and Kamelia Lacy), and a NJCAA Student-Athlete Academic Award recipient (Jessica Miles). Two of her Andrews’ players (Jessica Miles and Tyaira Wilson) were also inducted into Phi Theta Kappa’s honor society. Andrews is approaching her second year as the Chairperson of the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) for basketball.
In July of 2016, Andrews earned her Masters of Arts from the University of West Alabama in Physical Education. Prior to her post-graduate achievement, she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Human Environmental Sciences from the University of Alabama in December 2002. Almost three years following her graduation, Andrews’ professional career began in September 2005 when signed with the Caja Canarias team in the Canary Islands, Spain (Gran Canaria). There she earned a starting position in the line-up and was named MVP of the week for the Spanish League Top Division (FIBA Europe).
At the University of Alabama, Andrews was named Co-Captain of her team and was the only senior to start every game for the Tide averaging 11.5 points and 7.8 rebounds. During her senior season at the Capstone, she received accolades for the team’s best in field goal percentage, team leading rebounder, and team leader in blocked shots. Within the SEC, Andrews was ranked 7th in rebounding and 10th in blocked shot in 2002-03.
Andrews’ collegiate playing career began at Louisiana State University under the leadership of the legendary coach, Sue Gunter. During her tenure, LSU Lady Tigers made two appearances to the NCAA tournament, “Sweet Sixteen” and “Elite Eight.”
Andrews attended Starkville High School where she participated in basketball, track, cross-country, and volleyball. In basketball, she was highly recruited from Division I schools across the states. Her senior year, she was named as one the Clarion-Ledger’s “Honorable Mention.” In 1995 and 1998, her track team won the 5A Championship; even more, she was chosen as her team’s “Ironman” in 1998.
Andrews is married to Carlos and together they have three daughters, Carleigh, Kelsi and Khloe.