Mike Jeffers

Head Coach
Georgia Southern '77
443-378 (.540) / 27 seasons at JCCC
512-408 (.556) / 30 seasons at NJCAA level
527-421 (.556) / 31 seasons as head coach

Through 27 seasons, Jeffers is already one of the most successful coaches in Kansas Jayhawk Conference history. His 443 victories rank second all-time, trailing only Coffeyville’s Jay Herkelman with 603 wins. In 2016-17, Jeffers surpassed Randy Smithson who 404 wins with stints at Butler and Cowley. He ranks fourth among Region VI coaches behind former Brown Mackie coach Francis Flax (608), Herkelman (6-3), former Cloud County coach Dennis Erkenbrack (502).

Individually, players have excelled under Jeffers leadership. Twelve Cavaliers (Jimmy Hubbard, Chris Lollar, Caleb Kennedy, Chad Fleming, Todd McCoy, Aaron Linn, Nafis Ricks, Ronnie Boggs, Quasim Jones, Pat Jones, Danzel Wright and Anthony Lupardus) have earned 14 total NJCAA All-America honors. Lollar was the NJCAA Player of the Year in 2001, and Ricks was selected the NJCAA Player of the Year and NABC Junior College Player of the Year in 2009.

Also during his tenure as the Cavaliers coach, 50 of his players have been selected as All-East Jayhawk Conference performers, 55 All-Region VI selections, seven national All-Tournament performers, one Jack Custriano Best Small Man Award, two National Tournament MVPs, two East Jayhawk Conference Freshman of the Year and three East Jayhawk Conference MVPs

Even more impressive is Jeffers’ ability to take young talent and develop their skills, allowing them to grow as a player and eventually play at the next level. Since arriving at JCCC in 1991, Jeffers has had 72 players sign upper division scholarships to continue their careers. One of those players is Aaron Linn, who went on to play at Gardner-Webb University. In the 2008-09 season, Linn helped his team defeat Kentucky with 15 points, eight rebounds and three assists to earn Regional MVP of the 2K Sports College Hoops Classic. Later, he was named to the prestigious ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America First-Team, becoming the first men’s basketball player from GWU to earn that distinction.

Including his four seasons at Brewton-Parker, Jeffers has helped 84 players continue their dream of playing college basketball.

A 2011 inductee into the JCCC Athletics Hall of Fame, Jeffers has led Johnson County to four NJCAA Tournament appearances and captured national titles twice, making him the only Kansas Jayhawk Conference basketball coach to win multiple national championships. In his 27 years at Johnson County, Jeffers has led the men’s basketball program to nine 20-win campaigns, including a school record 30 win in 2000-01 and the fourth-best season with 26 wins in 2008-09 and 2016-17. The 2000-01 and 2008-09 seasons ended with Jeffers’ teams cutting down the nets as national champions. The 2016-17 26-win team finished eighth at the National Tournament. He also has won eight Region VI championships and had his team appear in the region title game 14 times.

Jeffers has earned Region VI D-II Coach of the Year eight times, was East Jayhawk Conference Coach of the Year in 1994 and 2018, was selected the Coach of the Year by both the NJCAA and KBCA in 2001 and 2009, NJCAA D-II Coach of the Tournament in 2009 and named the NABC National Coach of the Year in 2009. Jeffers received the Georgia Retired Coaches Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010.

While at Brewton Parker, Jeffers’ teams produced two All-Americans, four all-region performers, seven Region XVII all-tournament players and two Region XVII tournament MVP selections.

Jeffers came to JCCC from Mercer University in Macon, Ga., where he spent two seasons as associate head coach. Before coaching at Mercer, Jeffers served four years (1985-89) as head coach and athletic director at Brewton-Parker College, compiling an impressive 84-43 record. In three of those seasons, Brewton-Parker competed as a community college. During his last year, the school moved up to four-year status in the Georgia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and the NAIA. While competing at the community college level, Jeffers led his team to consecutive Region XVII state championships in 1987 and 1988, earning an appearance in the NJCAA national tournament each season. In 1987, Jeffers coached Brewton-Parker to a 33-3 record – a sixth-place finish in the country. During that remarkable season, Jeffers was named the coach of the year by the Georgia Junior College Athletic Association, NJCAA Region XVII, Atlanta Tip-Off Club and Georgia Sports Hall of Fame. He also garnered the Region XVII coach-of-the-year honors in 1988.

Jeffers received his bachelor’s degree from Georgia Southern in 1977 and began his coaching career at Metter (Ga.) High School. He then moved to Appling County (Ga.) High School the following season before returning to Georgia Southern in 1980, coaching for four seasons, one as a graduate assistant and three as an assistant. He also earned his master’s degree in education. Jeffers then moved on to Middle Tennessee State University in 1984, where he was the top assistant for the Blue Riders, the Ohio Valley Conference champions.

Jeffers, 62, and his wife, Debbie, have two sons: Stephen, 34, and Christopher, 30. Stephen and his wife, Brittney, have two children, June, 2 and Michael, 4 months.