The Lady Raiders’ December 7 win over Richland High School cinched Head Varsity Basketball Coach Jan Sojourner’s 1,000th career win. One of Mississippi’s winningest coaches, Sojourner is in her 37th year at Jackson Academy. A host of former players assembled in the Raider Dome last Tuesday night to celebrate the milestone with Sojourner, members of her family, and the Lady Raiders.
Sojourner began her coaching career in 1976, first at Canton Academy, followed by coaching roles at Brandon High School and during a graduate assistantship at Auburn University. In 1986, she joined Jackson Academy. Her JA teams have won 6 MAIS Overall State Championships, 10 MAIS State Championships, and 11 MAIS District Championships. Coach Sojourner was inducted into the first class of the MAIS Sports Hall of Fame in 2002.