Dolores Deasley enters her 15th season as head coach of the Jones College women's soccer program where she continues to take the program to new heights.
Deasley has compiled a fantastic 180-47-5 record during her tenure and has guided Jones to six MACCC/Region 23 championships. JC has been a mainstay in the national polls as well, ranked as high as second in the NJCAA.
Deasley has led Jones to back-to-back NJCAA Division II National Tournament appearances, the first two in program history.
In the 2021 fall season, she led the Bobcats to a 14-2-1 mark, No. 2 final ranking and the MACCC/Region 23 championship. It was their sixth region title in nine years. The Bobcats outscored their opponents 64-8 and had 11 shutouts.
Deasley, along with assistant coach Tori Brook and volunteer assistant Adrian Cabado, were named the United Soccer Coaches Junior College Division II Women's Soccer National Staff of the Year. She also earned NJCAA Region 23 Coach of the Year honors for the sixth time.
She guided the Bobcats to their first-ever NJCAA Division II National Tournament appearance in the 2021 spring season in Evans, Georgia, and two wins shy of a national title. Jones knocked off back-to-back Top 10 teams in Lake County and CCBC Essex to reach the national championship semifinals before falling to eventual national champion, Phoenix College.
Jones finished a condensed CoVID-19 season 14-3 with a dozen wins coming by shutout. The Bobcats, ranked No. 7 in the final NJCAA poll, outscored their opponents 58-7.
Under Deasley's watch, dozens of players have received all-conference and all-region honors and eight have earned NJCAA All-American recognition, including two-time selections Aimee Durn, Kelly Stubbington and Kendyl Terrrell. In addition, 45 players have continued their careers at the four-year level, including a program-best nine off the 2019 roster.
Off the pitch, Deasley, a native of Drumkeen, Ireland, has taken the Bobcat soccer team on spring break trips to her home country in 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2018. The team and players travel, sightsee, take tours, learn more about the game and play Gaelic football.
Ranked 14th in the NJCAA to start the 2019 season, JC ended the year 11-7-1 overall, as south division co-champions and advanced to the MACCC Semifinals. Seven of the Bobcats' 11 wins came via shutout.
Jones posted a 14-3 record in 2018, winning the conference title on its home turf, 6-1, over Gulf Coast. They then whipped LSU Eunice 8-1 for the region title before falling in the NJCAA South District playoffs at No. 1 Tyler (Texas) 3-1. The Bobcats were ranked No. 10 in the final NJCAA Division I poll.
Jones was 10-3-1 and captured the conference/region crown in 2017. The Bobcats upset previously unbeaten and No. 16 rated Holmes, 3-2, in the title match. That earned them a berth in the NJCAA District H playoffs where they hosted and lost to No. 4 Eastern Florida, 4-0. JCJC ended the year 20th in the nation.
In 2016, the Bobcats notched a 15-2 record and won its third MACCC/Region 23 championship. Jones defeated Pearl River 6-1 in the semifinals and Holmes 6-1 in the tournament championship game. Jones traveled to Melbourne, Florida, to face Eastern Florida State College in the NJCAA District H playoffs where they fell 5-3. Jones ended the season rated No. 8 in the final NJCAA Division I regular season poll.
JCJC posted a 13-4 record, advanced to the MACCC/Region 23 championship game and was ranked as high as 18th during the 2015 season.
In 2014, Deasley led JCJC to a 16-1 record and an MACCC South Division crown. JCJC finished the season rated No. 19 in the NJCAA Division I poll and they were ranked as high as No. 7 at one point. The Bobcats fell in the MACCC/Region 23 Tournament semifinals to Pearl River, 4-2 on penalty kicks.
Deasley led JCJC to an MACCC/Region 23 championship and an NJCAA Tournament appearance in 2013. The Lady Bobcats ended the year with a 17-2 record, which was a school record for victories in a season.
The Bobcats captured the MACCC/Region 23 Tournament with a 6-0 victory over Pearl River and then hosted the NJCAA District H playoff game vs. Eastern Florida State College. It was the first time ever for an NJCAA soccer playoff game to be held at JCJC. EFSC defeated JCJC, 2-0. The Lady Bobcats were ranked No. 12 in the final NJCAA Division I poll and were ranked as high as No. 10 in the nation during the regular season.
Deasley led JCJC to 13-1-1 record and an MACCC South Division championship in 2012. Jones had a 12-game winning streak and was ranked as high as No. 13 in the NJCAA poll at one point. JCJC was 10-5 in 2011.
Deasley guided the Bobcats to a 15-3-1 record in 2010, south division championship and first-ever MACCC and Region 23 championship. JCJC defeated Itawamba, Hinds and Meridian by identical 1-0 scores. JCJC advanced to the finals of the NJCAA District E Tournament where they fell to top-ranked Tyler Junior College.
The Bobcats finished 7-7 in Deasley's first season in 2008. JC just missed out on the playoffs in her second season when they fell to Mississippi Gulf Coast in a penalty shootout in the season-finale. They ended the year 11-4.
Deasley was an assistant with the women's program in 2007.
Deasley received her undergraduate degree from Hofstra University in 2004 and her master’s in sports management from Southern Mississippi, where she was an assistant coach for the Lady Eagles’ soccer team.
During her senior year at Hofstra, Deasley was named Female Student-Athlete of the Year, the Colonial Athletic Association’s Defensive Player of the Year, First team All-CAA, Third Team All-American and First Team All-Region by the National Soccer Association of American and Soccer Buzz magazine.
A former member of the Irish National Team, Deasley also played for the New York Magic, the Long Island Lady Riders and was a Women’s Premier Soccer League national champion with the Long Island Fury.
Deasley is the daughter of William and Bridget Deasley and has five brothers and four sisters.
Three-time MACCC Coach of the Year Brendan Connolly begins his seventh season in Ellisville.
The Belfast, Ireland, native joined the JC coaching staff in August 2011 working mostly with the goalkeepers. He was an assistant coach for both the men’s and women’s teams at one time and an instructor in the HPR Department.
Connolly was named the Bobcats' head coach prior to the start of the 2016 season, taking over for Oleg Baleyev after 10 seasons.
Connolly is 64-32-4 in six seasons, with 50 combined wins over the previous four years. He's guided JC to five postseason appearances. He led the team to three straight MACCC championships and the program's first-ever NJCAA Division II Tournament appearance in Wichita, Kansas, during the spring 2021 season.
The Bobcats were 11-3-1 in the 2021 fall season.
Jones finished 13-4 in a CoVID-19 postponed season with a perfect 7-0 mark at home in the spring 2021 season. They ran roughshod through the conference/region tournament, outscoring Holmes, Hinds and No. 12 Pearl River 17-3 to claim a third-straight championship.
Behind Elean Fajardo's double overtime golden goal, Jones won its first NJCAA Tournament game in program history, 2-1, over No. 8 Southeastern (Iowa) on June 6.
Jones' 2019 squad was unbeaten in September and October and defeated MGCCC 4-3 in penalty kicks in the title match. JC started the year 4-4 before finishing 12-6-1.
Jones went 14-3-1 in 2018 and won its first MACCC championship with a thrilling, 2-1 OT victory over Southwest. The Bobcats advanced to the NJCAA South District playoffs for the first time in school history, dropping a 3-0 decision at No. 4 Tyler JC.
Connolly led the Bobcats to a 6-8-1 record in 2017 and an 8-8 mark in 2016 and a berth in the MACCC/Region 23 Tournament semifinals.
Connolly played soccer in Ireland for Newington, Glentoran and Cliftonville. He came to the United States in August of 2007 on a soccer scholarship to William Carey University. He was a part of the WCU men’s soccer program from 2007-10.
The Crusaders won the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC) in 2007 and participated in the NAIA men’s soccer national championships in 2009 and 2010. The Crusaders were also ranked in the Top 25 during his time at WCU.
Connolly was named an Academic All-American in 2010 and graduated with a BS degree in Health, Physical Education and Recreation from WCU in August of 2011. He earned his master’s in Sports Management in 2013 at the University of Southern Mississippi.
Brendan is married to the former Kathryn Ferrell of Hattiesburg. He has two sisters, Martina and Lisa, and a brother, Gerard.
Tori Brook returns for a fifth season as an assistant with the Jones College women's soccer program.
The Bobcats have sported a combined 50-15-2 record in her four seasons with four south division championships and MACCC/Region 23 Championships in 2017 and the 2021 fall season.
Jones made its first-ever appearance in the NJCAA Tournament in the spring of 2021, winning a pair of matches over Top 10 teams before falling to eventual national champion Phoenix College. The Bobcats returned to the national tournament in the fall of 2021 and ended regular season play ranked No. 2 in the NJCAA.
Brook is involved in all aspects of the women's soccer team, including recruiting, development and camps, alongside head coach Dolores Deasley.
In her four years, Jones has sent 20 players on to the four-year level, including a program-record nine in 2019.
The Leeds, England, native came to the United States in 2011 to play at the University of West Alabama under head coach Graeme Orr.
She graduated from UWA in 2015, served as a graduate assistant at Southern Miss from 2015-17 and earned her masters in sports management with an emphasis in event security management.
She also has acquired her US Soccer E License (Mississippi) and English Football Association Level I Coaching License.
Brook is the daughter of Mandy and Sean Brook and has a brother, Alex.
Jordan Parron begins his second season as an assistant coach with the Bobcats.
In his first season, Jones finished 11-3-1 and was ranked as high as fifth in the NJCAA Division II Poll. Six players also signed with four-year programs.
Parron joined the Bobcats after spending the 2020 season as a graduate assistant at Belhaven University where he coached goalkeepers.
The Blazers advanced to the ASC Quarterfinals last spring in a conference-only shortened schedule due to COVID-19. BU keepers combined for 33 saves, a pair of shutouts and a 1.34 goals against average.
This is Parron's first collegiate coaching job after spending the last five years coaching club soccer in his hometown of Brandon for Brandon Futbol Club.
Parron played collegiately at Mississippi Gulf Coast and Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) before ending at Memphis.
Parron started both seasons at MGCCC where he was named All-MACCC, an MACCC All-Star and helped the Bulldogs reach the 2014 NJCAA Region 23 Championship game. He started six matches his junior year at IUPUI before an injury ended his season.
He transferred to Memphis and played the 2017 spring season while completing his bachelors in sociology and psychology. He got his masters of science in leadership from Belhaven University.
Parron holds his USSF C and D Licenses.
He has a six-year-old daughter, Layla Marie.