Arledge Honored for 36 Years of Coaching at NGU
North Greenville University women’s basketball coach Jayne Arledge was honored Monday, March 20 at a recognition ceremony by South Carolina House Representative Mike Burns for her 36-year head coaching career at the school. Arledge was presented with S.C. House resolution 3814, S.C. Senate resolution 500, and with a Greenville County Council proclamation for her tireless commitment to coaching in South Carolina.
Arledge announced that the 2016-2017 season would be her last at the helm of the women’s basketball program, but will resume her role as senior women’s administrator for NGU Athletics as well as an instructor in the university’s physical education program.
Arledge began her coaching career at North Greenville University (then North Greenville Junior College) in 1981, serving as the coach for the women’s basketball team as well as the North Greenville volleyball team. Her stint as volleyball coach ended in 1996, but not before notching five “Coach of the Year” nods, two Region X Tournament titles, two conference titles, and two trips to the National Junior College Athletic Association national tournament.
Her tenure as women’s basketball coach was even more decorated as she guided the Crusaders to three WCJC championships, three NCCAA Southeast Region championships, and four NCCAA tournament appearances including a second-place finish in 2005. During that time, Arledge coached several All-Conference players, seven All-Americans, four All-Tournament players, and six Academic All-Americans.
Arledge was no stranger to success on the court as a player. The former Enka High School graduate, was awarded a basketball scholarship to attend Western Carolina University, the first athletic grant in aid awarded to a woman attending Western Carolina. Arledge went on to re-write the WCU record book, setting seven school records including points in a career with 1,928, points scored in a season with 544, and career scoring average with 19.5 points per game. The Catamounts inducted her into the WCU Hall of Fame in 1992 and retired her number 25 in 2006.
“Coach Arledge has contributed more to NGU and the athletic program for the last 36 years than anyone could imagine,” says athletic director Jan McDonald. “She has impacted 100’s of young women’s lives over the years. Her presence on the court will be missed but never forgotten. Her loyalty and service to NGU will forever be remembered.”
Coach Arledge was honored at the Lady Crusaders’ February 18 home game versus Lees-McRae.
“The Lord has blest me by allowing me to be a part of the lives of hundreds of student-athletes through the years. I hope that I was able to make a small impact on them,” said Arledge at the recognition ceremony.
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