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Belinda Hendrix leaving Chipola for D1 head coaching job

Published: Jul. 15, 2021 at 4:01 PM CDT
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PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) -Chipola Softball Head Coach Belinda Hendrix is moving on! Coach Hendrix is taking a job as the head coach with East Tennessee State in Johnson City, Tennessee. So her 18 year run guiding the Indians has come to an end. And what a run it has been. Coach Hendrix, coaching alongside her husband and co-coach Jimmy Hendrix, led the program to new heights. That includes 10 Panhandle Conference titles, 9 trips to the National Tournament. And three National Championships in 2007, 2015 and most recently, 2019. The Indians record in her 18 year span as head coach an impressive 674-195, a winning percentage over 80.

A 1994 graduate of Chattahoochee High School, Hendrix went on to play at Thomas University, and then later moved to Troy University to earn her degree. She spent three years as the head coach at Vernon High School, before moving up to Chipola.

“It’s a sad day for Chipola, but a great opportunity for Coach Hendrix.” says Chipola Athletic Director Jeff Johnson. “Our goal is to prepare student-athletes to go on to the next level; now, one of our coaches has proven that she is ready for the next level as a Division 1 coach.”

Hendrix has coached numerous All-Americans, All-State and All-Conference players, including Amy Woodham, the 2019 NJCAA National Female Athlete of the Year.

Chipola now searching for the next head coach, though it’s worth noting there is a rather viable candidate already on the staff. Kelly Brookins has been an assistant with Chipola for several years now, and she is a Chipola alum, who played there in 2005 and 2006. She hails from the area having graduated from Liberty County High School. Expect Brookins to get a very serious look in terms of replacing coach Hendrix.

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