Jackie Jeffery

It didn’t take Jacqueline “Jackie” Jeffery long to have an impact on the SC4 women’s basketball program.

The Detroit native and Richmond resident was the coach of the first women’s team at SC4 in the fall of 1975. And Jeffery and the Skippers enjoyed quite a run for eight years.

SC4 captured five Michigan Junior College Athletic Association Eastern Conference titles and co-championships, a regional crown and an appearance in the NJCAA National Tournament under Jeffery.

In 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 1976-77 season.

The string of four consecutive league championships ended during the 1980-81 season, when the team suffered 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 compiled a 164-84 record in eight seasons. Many of the Skippers 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.