Dew returns to JCJCBy FROM JCJC,
ELLISVILLE – A former Jones County Junior College softball standout is returning home.
Tori Dew, who played at JCJC in 2014-15, will be the new assistant softball coach at Jones.
Head coach Chris Robinson made the announcement Thursday morning.
“We are so excited to have one of our own come back home and coach at Jones,” he said. “Tori Dew brings a big name, big experience and a wealth of knowledge to our program. The first day she came on campus, I knew she was special. She is strong in her faith and has a love for Jones that is unmatched.
“I look forward to Tori leading our hitters to new heights and continuing the tradition of great hitters at Jones."
Dew replaces Katie Durham, who returned to her alma mater at Columbus State University (Georgia) to be an assistant coach.
Dew joins the staff of Robinson and associate head coach Bob Herrington.
Dew, who prepped at Quitman High School, was named the Dudley NJCAA Player of the Year in 2014 when she batted .602 with 20 home runs and a 1.111 slugging percentage. She was an NJCAA All-American first-team, was named to the NJCAA Division National Tournament Team and was All-Region 23.
As a sophomore in 2015, Dew hit .474 with 15 home runs and 59 RBIs with a .932 slugging percentage. She was named NJCAA All-American second-team, All-Region 23 and participated in the Canadian Open International Fastpitch tournament that summer and was named to the Canadian Open All-Tournament Team.
Dew and Jones teammate Lauren Holifield received NJCAA Marucci Elite Hitting Awards following the 2015 season.
Dew played at Southern Miss in 2016-17.
"It is an understatement to say how excited, thankful and blessed I am to be returning to Jones,” Dew said. “Ellisville is a place that allowed me to find growth not only as a player, but also as a person in my two years there. I am extremely thrilled to be able to be a part of this first-class program again and to learn alongside two of the best in the business. I cannot thank Coach Robinson, Coach Herrington and all of the staff at Jones enough for this opportunity.”