Jasmin Coleman

Date of Birth: 
August 25, 1987

Georgetown, South Carolina

High School: Georgetown (‘06) 
Bachelor’s: Jacksonville (‘10) 
Master’s: Liberty (21’)

Uncle – John Smalls Morgan State University (Football)
Cousin — Brian Smalls University of Michigan (Football)

Playing Experience:    
2006-08 Walters State
2008-2010 Jacksonville (Florida)  

Jasmin Coleman — the 2021 TCCAA Coach of the Year and Appalachian District Coach of the Year — boasts an impressive resume in her first season leading the Lady Senator basketball program. 

During the 2020-21 campaign, Coleman guided her team to a 13-4 record and TCCAA regular season championship The Lady Senators won the TCCAA Region 7 tournament championship and competed in the programs 17th NJCAA national tournament.

Her squad was led by 6 sophomores, including 2nd Team All-American, TCCAA Player of the Year, and TCCAA Conference Tournament Most Valuable Player Blayre Shultz, First Team All- TCCAA selection and Freshman of the Year Madison McCoy, and First Team All-TCCAA Quentarra Mitchell.

Under her guidance, two Lady Senator student-athletes – Jaida Wiggins and Madison McCoy – have been named NJCAA Academic All-American, while 4 (Haley Comer, Vertonia Bady, Jaida Wiggins, and Madison McCoy) have garnered All-TCCAA Academic honors.

Coleman was official appointed just the second full-time head coach in the program’s illustrious history and first black head coach in school history on Monday, July 21, 2021.

She entered her current position as Lady Senators head coach with 10 seasons of coaching experience as assistant coach all spent at Walters State.

During her time as assistant coach, Coleman displayed the ability to both sign premier prospects and then help those recruits develop into highly successful players.

Coleman helped Walters State land eventual NJCAA All-Americans and TCCAA All-Conference in each year as assistant coach at Walters State. Complying the highest percentage of Division one signees in 9 years as assistant with 28 to programs 49 Division one signees in 40 years pervious to her arrival.

Coleman succeeded Dave Kragel, the only previous full-time women’s basketball coach in the program’s history. Kragel announced his retirement in April 2020 after 43 seasons. Kragel compiled a 1,009-281 record at Walters State, making him the winningest women’s coach in NJCAA history.

Coleman was name to the prestigious North Carolina/South Carolina All-Star team, after leading Georgetown High School to the programs first Conference Championship her senior season. She also won four conference titles in volleyball and was selected as the school’s Homecoming Queen.

At Walters State, Coleman was a significant contributor to two teams that reached post-season play — the 2005 and 2006 TCCAA Tournament Champions and NJCAA National Tournaments. She was a starter and captain in her sophomore season and is among the top 15 in 3-point makes & percentage in school history.

She received her bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Jacksonville in 2010 and master’s degree in Sports Management-Sport Administration from Liberty University 2021.

Coleman is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated and the NAACP.

Betsy Bonilla Jimenez-Hurst

Betsy Bonilla Jimenez-Hurst currently serves as the Executive Director of HOLA Lakeway. She is a native of Costa Rica. She holds a B.S. in Management of Nonprofit Organizations and an M.S. in Business Administration/Leadership, both from Johnson University. She has 20 years of experience working with immigrant families in East Tennessee. She also has a background in education, specifically helping children and adults in English as a second language and adult education.

Keisha Griffin Monroe

Keisha Griffin Monroe is owner and CEO of Lavishly Local LLC, a social media management, marketing & event agency that specializes in the growth and branding of small businesses. She is an active member of the Morristown Task Force on Diversity, a board member with Girls Inc and Vice President of the Hamblen County NAACP. 

She enjoys planning and hosting events and birthed Hamblen County’s first annual Juneteenth Celebration, which is approaching its 3rd year.Keisha is a Jefferson County native but spent many summers with family on Cain Ave, countless weekends bartending at City Lights (Smokehouse), and many evenings hooping at Talley Ward, so considers Morristown home. 

She is a boy Mom to 3 young men, one of which has 4 legs and spends most evenings watching them play sports.Keisha is a lover of good wine, food-ventures and football. She follows in her father’s footsteps with a love for the San Francisco 49ers and shares her mother’s passion for the UT Vols. Due to ACL injury she is now a former player for the Knoxville Lightning, a Semi Pro Women’s Football Team and part owner of a local Men’s Semi Pro team.

Keisha is passionate about the growth and longevity of small businesses and the diversity in her community and hopes to continue to find unique ways to be of service. 

If you know someone who has made significant and public contributions in any of the following categories, we invite you to nominate that person by virtue of a letter of recommendation. Members of the Task Force will review every nomination and select the honorees. They will be presented with their award at the 2022 MLK Community Breakfast and Celebration on Monday, January 17, 2022.

The awards and criteria are as follows:

2022 MLK Community Building Award: 

  • Nominees should be persons who have made significant contributions in building a sense of unity among Hamblen County citizens.
  • Nominees should have publicly demonstrated their ability in building a stronger, more inclusive community through identifiable activities and programs.

2022 MLK Award for Advancing Cultural Awareness

  • Nominees should demonstrate both an appreciation for diversity and inclusion and possess and use his/her/their skills in building and maintaining harmonious cross-cultural relationships through cultural activities or programs. 
  • Nominees shall have accomplished specific cultural initiatives that foster Dr. King’s vision of unity among people of diverse backgrounds.

2022 Martin Luther King, Jr. Award for Service and Advocacy

  • Nominees should be persons engaged in providing services and/or advocacy for the human rights of those marginalized because of poverty, race or ethnicity, national origin, gender, age or any other reason.
  • Nominees shall have publicly demonstrated and accomplished goals which have given voice and visibility to those who are marginalized.

Send the name of the nominee, the award you believe he or she deserves, his or her contact information and a letter of recommendation to

Dr. Alpha Alexander
230 Montrose Ave
Morristown, TN 37813-5259

The deadline for receiving nominations is January 7, 2022

Rev Johnny Jones

In celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Sweet Honey in the Rock presents a 3:00pm and an 8:00pm show on Sunday, January 17, 2021. Both shows are being live-streamed from the Lincoln Theater in Washington. Neither show is free, but you can buy a ticket for a small fee and show it on your Smart TV or your computer or cell phone to anyone gathered where you are-family, friends, or SS class! In addition, you can watch it again for the rest of the week!All details are at https://thirdrow.live/events/sweet-honey-in-the-rock/

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is one week away, and the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) invites you to celebrate with us.

The People’s Holiday
Monday, January 18 ǀ 4 p.m. Eastern
Free ǀ Online

The People’s Holiday is NMAAHC’s annual program honoring Dr. King’s commitment to racial equality, justice, and service.This year, we are proud to present six-time Grammy Award-winning bassist, composer, and educator Christian McBride in a digital performance inspired by his social justice-focused album The Movement Revisited: A Musical Portrait of Four Icons.Join us online for a 45-minute performance of jazz and poetry, which also features students from the Julliard School and award-winning poet Evie Shockley. The program will conclude with a conversation between Christian McBride and NMAAHC Associate Director of Curatorial Affairs Dwandalyn Reece. The People’s Holiday is generously supported by the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust.

Kids’ Activities Celebrating Dr. King 
Monday, January 18
Free ǀ Online
Beginning on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, hop over to our NMAAHC early childhood education webpage to pick out a MLK-inspired art project for your child. While you’re there, check out our guide to children’s books and resources that support discussions about race at home.

Joyful Activity Booklets

Martin Luther King Jr. Day also marks the launch of a new series of publications for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers: Joyful Activity Booklets. Inspired by A Is for All the Things You Are: A Joyful ABC Book, written by NMAAHC’s Anna Hindley and illustrated by Keturah A. Bobo, Joyful Activity Booklets help young children develop literacy skills and a positive sense of self. On January 18th, check out our NMAAHC early childhood education webpage to find our first two booklets, A Is for Amazing and B Is for Brave. Each month, children, caregivers, and educators can explore new booklets together!We hope you will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with us! You can take your commitment to Dr. King’s dream to the next level when you join as a Member of the National Museum of African American History and Culture.Images: Coretta Scott King and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., freedom singing, SCLC Convention, 1962, by James H. Karales, Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Monica Karales and the Estate of James Karales © Estate of James Karales, 2015.129.14. Evie Shockley and Christian McBride. Photo of child by Jaclyn Nash / NMAAHC.

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We invite you to observe this day while remaining safe at home by viewing this panel discussion, “In the Spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., ‘Where are we and Where Do We Go from Here?’ “
The Moderator is Roxanne Bowen, WSCC Coordinator of Multicultural Engagement/Counselor/Special Assistant to the President for Diversity.
Panel Guests are William Isom, East Tennessee PBS; Dr. Christy Miller Cowan, Asst. Professor of Psychology at LMU; (Rev.) Brandon Moore, Choral Music Director at Morristown East High School and Director of Youth Ministries at Trinity UMC; Keisha Griffin Monroe, Citizen Tribune and Organizer of the 2020/2021 Juneteenth Celebration; and the Rev. Johnny Jones, Senior Pastor of Toney’s Chapel Baptist Church, Morristown.
Be sure to allow time on Monday to listen and watch this thoughtful and important reflection.

We are now accepting donations for the 2021 George Floyd & Brianna Taylor Scholarship Fund and/or 2021 Juneteenth Celebration.

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