JMU roundup: Former Dukes coach Jaynes dies at 68

Daily Staff Reports –

ATLANTA — Betty Jaynes, the former Madison College (now James Madison University) women’s basketball coach, passed away Monday in Athens, Ga., after a brief illness. She was 68 years old.

Jaynes first came to Madison College in 1968 as an assistant professor of physical education. She primarily worked with gymnastics, tennis and swimming classes before becoming the head coach of women’s basketball. During her time as head coach from 1970-82, she led the Duchesses to a 144-114 record and coached JMU Hall of Famers Katherine Johnson (’77) and Melinda Childress (’79). Member schools of the Colonial Athletic Association will hold moments of silence prior to women’s basketball games this week.

For 38 years, Jaynes was a national advocate for women’s basketball. She became the first executive director of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) in September of 1981, a role in which she served for 15 years before being named the CEO of the WBCA in September 1996. After retiring from her post in November 2011, she remained as a consultant and continued to support the efforts of and equality for women’s basketball coaches until her passing.

Before working with the WBCA, she served as chair of the U.S. Girls’ and Women’s Basketball Rules Committee from 1979 to 1981. She was also the tournament director for the 1975 AIAW Large College National Basketball Championships.

Jaynes was inducted in several halls of fame, including the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2000 and the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame in 2008. She also received several honors and distinctions from national organizations, including the John Bunn Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006 from the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame and the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012 from the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators.

Funeral arrangements are pending with services to be held in Covington, Ga. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Betty F. Jaynes Internship Program in care of the WBCA office.


RICHMOND — James Madison sophomore pitcher/first baseman Jailyn Ford is the Colonial Athletic Association Pitcher of the Week for her performance at last week’s Red and Black Showcase in Athens, Ga. This is the fourth time in her career that Ford has collected the weekly pitching honor.

Ford limited her opponents to a .174 batting average against and 1.03 ERA in 20 1/3 innings pitched. The left-hander struck out 23 and walked five while limiting foes to four runs, three earned, on 12 hits. Two of her three appearances were complete games, including her 10th career shutout.

In JMU’s 1-0 win over Winthrop, Ford held the Eagles to three hits and no walks in seven innings of work. She also had 10 strikeouts and five hits allowed in the season-opener against North Texas, pitching into extra innings. Her final start was a complete-game effort against No. 23/21 Georgia. She held the Bulldogs to one earned run and four hits.

Towson’s Missy McCormick collected CAA Player of the Week while UNCW’s Peyton Jordan is the Rookie of the Week.

The Dukes are back in action this weekend as they travel to Orlando, Fla., to play in the UCF Holiday Inn Classic. JMU plays Florida A&M, Middle Tennessee State, Illinois-Chicago and Central Florida in the three-day, five game tournament.

Swimming & Diving

RICHMOND — James Madison freshman diver Olivia Lehman s the Colonial Athletic Association Diver of the Week as announced by the league on Tuesday. This is the first conference honor won by Lehman.

Lehman placed first out of 19 divers on the one-meter board in last weekend’s Clemson Diving Invitational. She scored a career-best 293.50 in the event which is good for the sixth-best score in program history on the one-meter. It also qualified the rookie diver for the NCAA Zone Diving Meet, making her the fourth Duke to qualify this season.

On the three-meter board, Lehman placed 13th with a score of 234.85.

This is the fifth time this season a JMU diver has claimed the weekly conference accolade after redshirt freshman Taryn McLaughlin won it five times previously.

Northeastern’s Sophie Browne is the CAA’s Swimmer of the Week.

The Dukes travel to Charlottesville this weekend for one last tune-up ahead of the CAA Championships. They’ll compete in the Cavalier Invitational at the UVA Aquatic and Fitness Center on Friday and Saturday.