Jones College

Jones County Junior College Athletics
900 S Court Street Ellisville, MS 39437
NJCAA Mississippi Southeast
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Brendan Connolly

Three-time MACCC Coach of the Year Brendan Connolly begins his seventh season in Ellisville.

The Belfast, Ireland, native joined the JC coaching staff in August 2011 working mostly with the goalkeepers. He was an assistant coach for both the men’s and women’s teams at one time and an instructor in the HPR Department.

Connolly was named the Bobcats' head coach prior to the start of the 2016 season, taking over for Oleg Baleyev after 10 seasons.

Connolly is 64-32-4 in six seasons, with 50 combined wins over the previous four years. He's guided JC to five postseason appearances. He led the team to three straight MACCC championships and the program's first-ever NJCAA Division II Tournament appearance in Wichita, Kansas, during the spring 2021 season.

The Bobcats were 11-3-1 in the 2021 fall season.

Jones finished 13-4 in a CoVID-19 postponed season with a perfect 7-0 mark at home in the spring 2021 season. They ran roughshod through the conference/region tournament, outscoring Holmes, Hinds and No. 12 Pearl River 17-3 to claim a third-straight championship.

Behind Elean Fajardo's double overtime golden goal, Jones won its first NJCAA Tournament game in program history, 2-1, over No. 8 Southeastern (Iowa) on June 6.

Jones' 2019 squad was unbeaten in September and October and defeated MGCCC 4-3 in penalty kicks in the title match. JC started the year 4-4 before finishing 12-6-1.

Jones went 14-3-1 in 2018 and won its first MACCC championship with a thrilling, 2-1 OT victory over Southwest. The Bobcats advanced to the NJCAA South District playoffs for the first time in school history, dropping a 3-0 decision at No. 4 Tyler JC.

Connolly led the Bobcats to a 6-8-1 record in 2017 and an 8-8 mark in 2016 and a berth in the MACCC/Region 23 Tournament semifinals.

Connolly played soccer in Ireland for Newington, Glentoran and Cliftonville. He came to the United States in August of 2007 on a soccer scholarship to William Carey University. He was a part of the WCU men’s soccer program from 2007-10.

The Crusaders won the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC) in 2007 and participated in the NAIA men’s soccer national championships in 2009 and 2010. The Crusaders were also ranked in the Top 25 during his time at WCU.

Connolly was named an Academic All-American in 2010 and graduated with a BS degree in Health, Physical Education and Recreation from WCU in August of 2011. He earned his master’s in Sports Management in 2013 at the University of Southern Mississippi.

Brendan is married to the former Kathryn Ferrell of Hattiesburg. He has two sisters, Martina and Lisa, and a brother, Gerard.

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Jordan Parron

Jordan Parron begins his second season as an assistant coach with the Bobcats.

In his first season, Jones finished 11-3-1 and was ranked as high as fifth in the NJCAA Division II Poll. Six players also signed with four-year programs.

Parron joined the Bobcats after spending the 2020 season as a graduate assistant at Belhaven University where he coached goalkeepers.

The Blazers advanced to the ASC Quarterfinals last spring in a conference-only shortened schedule due to COVID-19. BU keepers combined for 33 saves, a pair of shutouts and a 1.34 goals against average.

This is Parron's first collegiate coaching job after spending the last five years coaching club soccer in his hometown of Brandon for Brandon Futbol Club.

Parron played collegiately at Mississippi Gulf Coast and Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) before ending at Memphis.

Parron started both seasons at MGCCC where he was named All-MACCC, an MACCC All-Star and helped the Bulldogs reach the 2014 NJCAA Region 23 Championship game. He started six matches his junior year at IUPUI before an injury ended his season.

He transferred to Memphis and played the 2017 spring season while completing his bachelors in sociology and psychology. He got his masters of science in leadership from Belhaven University.

Parron holds his USSF C and D Licenses.

He has a six-year-old daughter, Layla Marie.

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