Carlos McDaniel loved teaching, JCJC

Written By: Shawn Wansley
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Date Submitted: 2010-09-13 14:56:27

 By Shawn Wansley

JCJC Sports Information Director

ELLISVILLE – Carlos McDaniel’s love for Jones County Junior College and its students was always evident.

He was a standout basketball player at JCJC from 1960-62 and later became one of the school’s most popular instructors from 1967-99.

“I think, the No. 1 thing for him, was his students,” said McDaniel’s widow, Charlotte. “He was a fantastic teacher and a good leader. His students loved him and he was very in touch with them. He never had a problem with them and he always had a way of talking to them, speaking with them and they usually went along with him.”

McDaniel’s success as a student-athlete and instructor at JCJC has enabled him to be chosen for induction into the 2010 Class of the JCJC Sports Hall of Fame. McDaniel, along with a pair of former Bobcat football standouts – Mike McClellan and Dr. Joe-Michael Robertson – comprise this year’s class.

The men will be inducted during the annual Hall of Fame Dinner at 6 p.m. on Friday at the Ronald Whitehead Advanced Technology Center in the Howard Technology Park. They will be recognized during halftime of the JCJC vs. Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College football game on Saturday at Bobcat Stadium/Sim Cooley Field. Kickoff for the game is 7 p.m.

McDaniel, who graduated from Collins High School, was a standout basketball player under JCJC Hall of Famer A.B. Howard.

As a freshman in 1960-61, McDaniel was an All-South Division and Honorable Mention All-State player. As a sophomore in 1961-62, he led the Bobcats in scoring, was named All-State and All-South Division. He was selected for the school’s Hall of Fame in 1962 and was also selected Who’s Who in American Junior Colleges.

As a freshman, McDaniel scored 33 points to lead JCJC to an 87-83 victory over Perkinston in the South Division title game. The Bobcats would finish second in the state tournament.

Carlos and Charlotte McDaniel were married just before he began his playing career at JCJC.

 “We came here in September of 1960 and lived in the old Army barracks,” said Charlotte McDaniel. “He played basketball and I worked in the athletic department for Coach Howard, who coached basketball and football back then. I worked there for two years and really enjoyed it.”

After leaving Jones, McDaniel received a full basketball scholarship to Rice University in Houston, Texas. He would later receive his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Southern Mississippi.

McDaniel returned to JCJC in 1967 as a fulltime instructor in health education. He established a recreation program providing extra-curricular activities, after school, for dorm students and started a summer recreation program for dorm students.

He planned, organized and directed the intramural program at JCJC.

The McDaniel’s son, Chris, basically grew up on campus and has wonderful memories of his father and the school from back then.

“It was absolutely a tremendous experience,” said Chris McDaniel, who is now the Mississippi State Senator from District 42. “In fact, the first song I recollect as a child is the Maroon Typhoon playing the fight song at JCJC.

“He was the best father a son could ever hope to have and the best mentor I could ever hope to have. He made my time here special, not just as a visitor when I was here as his son, but also as a student years later. It was a special place to be.”

McDaniel coached youth baseball for six years in Laurel and Jones County. He also served as track coach at JCJC and organized and conducted Special Olympics for Ellisville State School during his tenure as track coach.

As JCJC’s recreation director, McDaniel distributed toys to needy children in the Jones County area and served as a deacon at West Ellisville Baptist Church.

He also served as “Voice of the Bobcats,” broadcasting JCJC football on WBSJ-FM for 13 years. He also was the radio voice for the South Jones Braves.

McDaniel tragically passed away in an automobile accident in 1999. Chris McDaniel knows his father would be pleased with being inducted into the school’s Sports Hall of Fame.

“He would be very, very, very honored and very happy,” said Chris McDaniel. “He loved the students, he loved this institution, he loved making people laugh and he loved making people happy. This would have meant a great deal to him, but I have to believe he is watching and that he is a part of all of this in some respect.”

Charlotte McDaniel stressed her husband’s love for the students and JCJC.

“He was a Christian man who always strived to tell his students about God,” she said. “That was probably his biggest thing – his rapport with his students.”



JCJC Sports Hall of Fame

Class of 2007 – Sim Cooley, Joe Flowers, A.B. Howard

Class of 2008 – Randall Boone, John Perkins, Gene Tullos

Class of 2009 – Gwen Magee, L.D. Ready, Jerry “Sally” Smith, Aubrey Wade, Patricia Waldrup

Class of 2010 – Mike McClellan, Carlos McDaniel, Dr. Joe-Michael Robertson


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