JCJC's Ready chosen for MACJC Sports Hall of Fame
Written By: Shawn Wansley
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Date Submitted: 2011-03-28 11:08:34
By Shawn Wansley
JCJC Sports Information Director
ELLISVILLE – Longtime Richton High School basketball coach L.D. Ready will represent Jones County Junior College as the school’s inductee for the 2011 Class of the Mississippi Community College Sports Hall of Fame.
The ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. on April 26 at the Hilton Jackson on County Line Road. A reception begins at 6:15 p.m.
Ready, who was inducted into the JCJC Sports Hall of Fame in 2009, was a star basketball and tennis player for the Bobcats in 1951-52 and 1952-53. He was a two-year starter for coach A.B. Howard’s basketball Bobcats and was a member of coach Troy Bush’s tennis team.
In 1953, he received numerous school honors at JCJC, including Sophomore Class President, Homecoming King, Mr. JCJC, Most Athletic and Most Friendly. He received a basketball scholarship to Delta State University and also ran track at DSU in 1953-54 and 1954-55. He was elected Most Handsome at Delta State in 1955.
He then served as head basketball coach at Richton High School from 1954-90. He organized and started the Richton Rotary Club’s Basketball Tournament in 1956. The tournament is still being played and is held during the first week of December.
Ready was voted conference Coach of the Year in 1966, 1967, 1981, 1983, 1985 and 1988 and was chosen the Hattiesburg American’s All-Area Coach of the Year in 1986-87.
After retiring as head coach, the high school gym at Richton was named the “L.D. Ready Gymnasium” in his honor.
Ready has served on the Board of Alderman for the town of Richton and is an active member and Sunday School teacher at Richton United Methodist Church. He has been an active member of the JCJC Alumni Association since 1955 and is a current member of the Bobcat Club.
L.D. Ready and his wife, Rose, have four children: Dan Ready and his wife, Mary; Sharon Ready Anderson and her husband, Tim; Mart Ready and his wife, Stacey; and Lee Ready and his wife, Lisa. Grandchildren are Drew Ready, Kris Ready Arnold, Lindsay Anderson, Lauren Anderson, Alec Ready and Taylor Ready.
MACJC Sports Hall of Fame
Jones County Junior College honorees
Class of 2007: Sim Cooley, Joe Flowers, A.B. Howard
Class of 2008: Randall Boone, John Perkins
Class of 2009: Gene Tullos
Class of 2010: Gwen Magee
Class of 2011: L.D. Ready