May 8 – Hobbs, NM. New Mexico Junior College Athletic Director Richard Morris announced today that James Walter (“Jimmy”) Voight has been selected as the new head men’s basketball coach and professor of physical education.
According to Morris, it was Voight’s standout experience in coaching at junior and community colleges that gave him the edge over a field of highly qualified candidates. From the early 80’s through the mid 90’s, Voight served as assistant coach at Palm Beach Junior College and Central Florida Community College. But Morris insists it was his ten years’ experience as head coach at Bacone College and Eastern Oklahoma State College that convinced the hiring committee that Voight was their man. “He’s used to battling tough NJCAA Region II teams, teams like Carl Albert, Conner State, Seminole State, and the University of Arkansas-Ft. Smith. Not to mention that he simply has an impressive coaching history and obviously respects academics.”
What Morris refers to is Voight’s history of taking over programs that are among the worst in their respective conferences and regions of the NJCAA and turning them into consistent 20+ game winners and conference and regional contenders. At Bacone, for instance, in 1995-96 Voight stepped in to lead the struggling program from a 12-win, 18-loss season to the NJCAA Region II Runner-ups in 1999-2000, with a 24-9 season record.
Under Voight’s five-year leadership at Eastern Oklahoma State, the team consistently ranked as NJCAA Region II Runner-ups, Quarter Finalists, or Semi-Finalists, giving him an overall ten-year record of 219 wins and 99 losses.
Voight, who is completing a master’s degree secondary education this summer, is proud of the fact that, during those years, he has been able to keep the focus in the classroom, as well as on the court. “During my ten years as a head junior college coach, most of my players have graduated with their associate degrees and moved on to top NCAA universities across the country. In fact, during my five years at Eastern Oklahoma, every one of my scholarship sophomore players graduated with their AA degree. My 2003-04 team at Eastern Oklahoma, besides going 22-9 on the basketball floor, was recognized by the NJCAA as one of the Men’s Basketball Academic Teams of the Year.”
Morris also believes that Voight will be able to attract top athletes to the program. “Voight’s had a number of NCAA Division I universities scouting the campuses where he’s coached before, and I have no doubt we’ll be seeing them here at NMJC, too,” he said. “We’re looking forward to his recruiting and coaching talents.”
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