The East Central Community College football team kicks off its 2013 season Thursday night against Itawamba Community College.

The game will be played in Fulton with a 7 p.m. kickoff time. This will be the first year for the Warriors to play under new head coach Ken Karcher.


MacKenzie Britt scored two goals and helped lead the East Central Community College women's soccer team to a 4-0 shutout of Copiah-Lincoln Community College last Thursday.

Also scoring for EC were freshman midfielder Madi Trapp of Philadelphia and sophomore forward Heather Johnson, a product of Newton County High School. Johnson and freshman forward Ericka Joyner of West Lauderdale were credited with scoring assists on Trapp's goal, and freshman midfielder Ashlan Culberson of Brandon received a scoring assist on Johnson's score.

The home opener is set for Friday when the Lady Warriors and Warriors host Meridian Community College at 3 and 5 p.m., respectively.


Ronald Sims of Hazlehurst was recently selected an assistant baseball coach at East Central Community College in Decatur, announced Neal Holliman, Diamond Warrior head coach.

Prior to joining the ECCC staff, Sims served since 2009 as either a student assistant or student manager on the Mississippi State University baseball team.

He is also a former baseball team assistant at Copiah-Lincoln Community College in Wesson, where he served from August 2007 to December 2008. Sims is a graduate of Hazlehurst High School and received an Associate of Arts degree at Copiah-Lincoln, where he graduated with high honors in December 2008. While at Co-Lin, he was a member of Phi Theta Kappa international honor society and was named to the 2008 Hall of Fame.


Charles Jones of Waynesboro, Ga., was recently named an assistant football coach at East Central Community College in Decatur, MS, announced first-year head coach Ken Karcher.

Jones' main area of responsibility will be coaching safeties.

Jones played four seasons for the Alabama Crimson Tide and was named All-SEC in 2003. Jones spent a season as a member of the New York Giants in 2004.

Prior to joining the ECCC staff, Jones served as defensive coordinator/strength and conditioning coach at Bessemer City High School in Bessemer, Ala., a position held since June 2011. Prior to that, he was served as an assistant coach in other programs. He finished his studies at Alabama in 2005 and was a graduate assistant at Mississippi State in 2008.


Kiara Ruffin of Meridian was recently selected women's assistant basketball coach at East Central Community College in Decatur, announced Lady Warrior head coach Crandal Porter.

Ruffin is a former basketball standout at Alcorn State University and Southeast Lauderdale High School.

At ASU, she was named to the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) All-American Team in 2011 and received All-Southwest Athletic Conference First-Team honors in 2010-11 and 2011-12. She was also selected SWAC Most Valuable Player in 2011.

She helped lead Southeast Lauderdale to state titles in 2006 and 2008 and received most valuable player honors in both championship games.