Jimmies News · Jimtown has a new Girls Basketball Coach

We are excited to announce that the Baugo Community School Board recently approved the hiring of Shaunte Williams as the Head Girls Basketball Coach at Jimtown High School.   Coach Williams is a lifelong Jimtown Jimmie.  She has lived in this area her whole life and was “raised” and mentored at Jimtown by many legendary coaches and personalities who have made her who she is today. (see Shaunte Williams’ Bio information at the bottom of this article)

Shaunte will replace Alicia Harkins as the Girls Coach at Jimtown.  Ms. Harkins recently  resigned at the end of the most current basketball season.  She will be unable to coach as she is working on some new credentialing and courses that she is taking at the college level that will assist in her professional teaching career.   Coach Harkins took over the program at very difficult time as longtime Coach,  Gene Johnson was recently retired and Jimtown faced a void in leadership.   Coach Harkins filled that void.   While the girls struggled on the scoreboard over the past few years, it was obvious to any person who understands the game of basketball that they had gotten a little better each and every year.  Judging this team by the scoreboard has certainly left MUCH off the definition of success.   You cannot go through losing seasons like this without learning about patience, leadership and grit.   While we did not win basketball games like we have wanted to (our goal is to win championships), the PURPOSE of the program never was diminished.  I firmly believe that our girls that stuck with the program and learned to never quit in the face of adversity are better people for having participated in Coach Harkins’ program.

Shaunte Williams has also been a part of the process of rebuilding during the last several years.   Shaunte will be moving from the JV level to the Head Coach position.   Working alongside Coach Harkins,  Shaunte has been responsible for the rebuilding of Jimtown Girls Basketball all the way down through the feeder programs.   Last year, Jimtown had over 70 girls that were participating in girls basketball from grades 3-8.   It is through the feeder programs that young girls will become interested in basketball and make the decision that they want to be good at it enough to work on their game and play together with their fellow Jimmies.   This is hard work on the part of coaches.   This is work that they do not get paid for, but will pay off BIG TIME down the road.

We look forward to the future of Jimtown Girls Basketball with great anticipation.   Getting the young girls to believe that working hard can and will lead to greater and greater things will be Coach Williams’ challenge.

Shaunte’ Calhoun Williams

Married 17 years to Keith Williams

Shaunte (Calhoun) Williams as a Jimtown Jimmie Athlete
3 daughters: Justyce, 14, Jayla, 11 Jordyn 9
Proud Jimtown graduate, earned 11 varsity letters 1993-1997
Basketball All NSC, Team MVP (1996-1997)
Bethel College Basketball 1997-2001 Team Captain, NCCAA Division I Champion (2000), NAIA Division II Elite Eight & Academic All-American (2001), Mid-Central Conference Champions (2001)
Inducted into Elkhart County Hall of Fame 2012
19 years of teaching and coaching experience (16 at Jimtown) in multiple sports (JV basketball, JV volleyball, varsity track, coached basketball and track at Marian High School 2001-2004).
I love coaching because I get to know the girls better and to develop a relationship that’s different than the classroom.  Also, I get to work with other coaches that are passionate about teaching life skills through sport.
Basketball has always been a sport that has challenged me physically and mentally.  I love the game, and I’m passionate about teaching it to others. I was privileged to play for two great coaches, Gene Johnson (Jimtown) and Jody Martinez (Bethel), that created a competitive and fun atmosphere.  As players, we worked hard, but we also made great memories.  I would like nothing more than to give the next generation of Jimmies the same experience.