Former Mississippi Gulf Coast Junior College basketball star Connie Winstead-Mackay and Pearl River Community College football star Jeffery Posey were inducted into the Mississippi Community and Junior College Sports Hall of Fame this week.
Setting the standard for MGCCC
Winstead-Mackay played at Gulf Coast from 1975 to 1977. She was named first team All-State as a freshman. On Feb. 23, 1977, she scored 42 points in a state tournament elimination game against Coahoma, the most in school history. The next night, the Lady Bulldogs beat East Central to win the first state women's basketball team in the school's 66-year history. She was named All-Tournament, Most Valuable Player and All-NJCAA Region VII. She averaged 19.8 points per game that season and was named second team All-American.
"To play two years there, we were awesome. We were playing four-year colleges and would beat them," she said. "It was a great experience to be part of that team. By the time I graduated, I was being recruited by I can't even tell you how many universities were recruiting me at that point."
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Winstead-Mackay later played at Ole Miss and was a starter on the Lady Rebels' AIAW state championship team.
Her time at Gulf Coast shaped her future athletically, personally and professionally. She met her future husband. David Mackay was a men's basketball player, and they've been married more than 30 years. Their three children, Brian, 33, Laura, 28, and Craig, 27, all graduated from MGCCC.
"The opportunity to play at a community college helped me to move on and eventually play professionally," she said. "When I look back on it, I think I'm in a profession today because I'm part of a team. Sports allow people to grow in whatever industry or business. I'm a better businessperson because I've been part of a team all my life. It's because you learn to work with so many diverse people."
Winstead-Mackay joins Benny Goff, George Sekul, Ken "Curly" Farris, Bob Weathers, Curtis Davis, Ed Evans, Bobby Holmes, Vernon Ehlers, Sue Ross, Earl King, Josh Wells and Henry Rath as MGCCC's inductees into the MACJC Sports Hall of Fame.
A star LB at PRCC
Posey played outside linebacker at PRCC from 1993 to 1995 was inducted into the Mississippi Community and Junior College Sports Hall of Fame during ceremonies on April 26 in Jackson.
Posey of Bassfield was an All-State star at PRCC from 1993-95, playing on two winning teams for Coach Willie Coats as an outside linebacker. At 6-foot-5, 220 pounds, he wreaked havoc on opposing offenses with his quickness.
As a sophomore, he led the state with 14 sacks, accounted for 45 tackles, 29 assists, 17 hurries, three tackles for losses and a fumble recovery. As a result, he not only made the MACJC all-star first team, but he was also voted the most valuable player in the Mississippi JuCo All-Star game, which his South team won 20-6.
Posey later played at Southern Miss. As a senior, he started 11 games, made 7.5 sacks, had two forced fumbles, and made 16 tackles for a loss. He recorded one of the top six all-time single season performances in school history and was named the 1996 Defensive MVP. He also received the Heart of the Eagle Award.
After his senior season, Posey signed as a free agent with the San Francisco 49ers. He quickly became a special teams standout, earning recognition as one of the unit's leaders. While excelling on special teams, he also worked to become a force on defense with his pass-rushing skills. Recognizing his versatility, the coaches moved him to outside linebacker in 2000.
After adapting to his new position, he was named the starting strong outside linebacker for the 2000 season. During 2001, Posey played for the Carolina Panthers and Jacksonville Jaguars where he contributed on special teams and defense. In 2002, he signed a contract to play with the Houston Texans where he recorded 65 tackles, 8.5 sacks, one interception and 2 forced fumbles.
In 2003, Posey signed a four-year contract with the Buffalo Bills, where he was privileged to be a part of one of the NFL's top-ranked defenses. Upon leaving Buffalo, Jeff signed with the Washington Redskins - capping a nine-year career in the NFL. Posey currently resides in Hattiesburg with his wife, Latalia, and their five children.