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Long Beach School Board Hires Martin-White to Head LBHS Girls Basketball Program

The Long Beach Lady Bearcats basketball team has a new head coach. Current Lady Bearcat leader Christopher Odom will be transferring to Long Beach Middle School as Assistant Principal next year leaving the high school girls’ basketball coaching position open. The Board of Trustees voted unanimously tonight to hire Jacqueline Martin-White to fill the Lady Bearcats Head Coaching position.

Jackie Martin-Glass became head coach of the Hinds Lady Bulldogs basketball program in fall 2018.

Martin-Glass arrived in Utica after a successful stint at Warren Central High School where she served as the head coach, compiling a record of 130-116 over the course of 10 seasons (2010-2018). Throughout her tenure at Warren Central, Martin-Glass' exemplary coaching and leadership received tremendous recognition as she was awarded the Vicksburg Post Coach of the Year four times. She also was recognized as the JROTC Educator of the Semester three times, the Vicksburg Warren Schools District Educator of the Year and the JROTC Educator of the Year. Prior to her coaching career, Martin-Glass was standout basketball player herself. She attended Warren Central High School where she helped lead her team to two Mississippi Class 5A State Championships and was tabbed as the Mississippi Clarion Ledger Player of the Year in 1987. Following her prep career, Martin-Glass continued her basketball career at the University of Mississippi where she was a four-year letter winner for the Rebels (1988-1992). While at Ole Miss, she was a two-time All-SEC selection (1990 and 1992) and led the Rebels to its first ever Southeastern Conference Championship (1992). She also helped lead her team to the NCAA Elite Eight and was named to the Mideast All-Region Team (1992). She still holds her place in the Rebel record books in numerous career categories ranking in the top five all-time in three-pointers and assists. She also ranks first in NCAA Tournament games played and fourth in total games played. Following her playing career, she served as the graduate assistant coach for Ole Miss for one season. In 2008, she was inducted into the Ole Miss Athletic Hall of Fame. Martin-Glass has a bachelor's degree from The University of Mississippi and a master's degree from Alcorn State University.

White comes to Long Beach from Hinds Community College where she has served as the Head Women’s Basketball Coach since 2018. Prior to her time at Hinds, White has an extensive basketball background including serving as Varsity Girls Basketball Head Coach at Warren Central High School, Assistant Varsity Coach/Head Junior Varsity Coach at Warren Central, working with the Basketball League in Battipaila, Italy, and one year as an Assistant Coach of Women’s Basketball at the University of Mississippi.

“The Long Beach School District is excited to have Coach Jackie White lead our girls’ basketball program,” said incoming Athletic Director Shane Rutledge. “Coach White has had a great deal of success on the court from her days as an all-SEC performer to her coaching career. Her extensive experience coaching 6A and college basketball will benefit the young ladies of our program tremendously.”

Coach White is excited to have the opportunity to come to Long Beach and work with our Lady Bearcats.

“First, I want to continue the tradition that Coach Odom started to bring the program up. I’m excited to bring my playing and coaching experience to the program and offer young ladies the opportunity to connect with someone who can help them reach their full potential. My passion and love for the game of basketball will be evident in my development of young, upcoming players. I am very grateful to the administration at Long Beach for giving me this opportunity.”

In addition to her coaching experience, White earned numerous honors and accolades as a player and coach. She was a member of a Mississippi Class 5A State Championship Team, Mississippi Player of the Year, NCAA All-Region Team Member, Ole Miss Top 5 Ranking in Assists, Ole Miss Top 5 Ranking in Three-Point Baskets, All-SEC Player, Ranked 13 in Ole Miss Scoring History and is a member of the Vicksburg Warren School District Sports Hall of Fame and the Ole Miss Sports Hall of Fame.

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