Vicksburg duo elected to Ole Miss Hall of Fame

Published 12:00 am Friday, September 12, 2008

One of the greatest Warren Central girls basketball players will join her husband in the Ole Miss Athletic Hall of Fame.

Jackie Martin-Glass, the current ninth-grade coach at Warren Central, will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Saturday night. Martin-Glass will be introduced at halftime of the Rebels’ home football game against Samford University. Gerald and Jackie-Martin Glass will become the first husband-wife Hall of Fame members at Ole Miss.

She will be joined in the current class by the late Alton “Ary” Phillips, a Vicksburg businessman who was Ole Miss’ first All-American basketball player in 1928. Also to be inducted will be Lady Rebel track athlete Teneeshia Jones and former Ole Miss football players Kris Mangum and Kelvin Pritchett.

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Martin-Glass said she learned of the honor during the summer, but now that it’s here, “I’m pretty excited. Gerald went in about three years ago. He got to go in with Coach (Van) Chancellor. I’ve been waiting,” she said.

A two-time All-Southeastern Conference player, Martin-Glass led the Lady Rebels to the 1992 SEC Championship. It was also the first team to go 11-0 in league play after the conference expanded to 12 teams.

“My senior year was great. We won the SEC championship and I was able to come back from my knee surgery. There was no pressure on me, because all my academic work had been done. I could just let it all go,” Martin-Glass said. “And then to hit that last shot to beat Tennessee, that was great.”

Martin-Glass was named to the All-SEC Freshmen team in 1988. She earned her first All-SEC selection in 1990. She then suffered her knee injury to miss the 1991 season. She finished her Ole Miss career ranked in the top five all-time in 3-pointers and assists. She also scored 1,395 points and helped the Lady Rebels to three NCAA Tournament berths.

Before going to Ole Miss, Martin-Glass had a standout prep career at Warren Central, leading the Lady Vikes under then-coach Jerry Henderson to two state titles.

“When you wrap it all up, pretty good career, two state titles, Player of the Year, signed with Ole Miss,” Martin-Glass said.

Which leads to the debate, greatest Lady Vike?

“Alisa Scott, me, and now (Sha’Kayla) Caples. She (Caples) asks me all the time, whether she’s better,” Martin-Glass says of the current WC senior and three-time Vicksburg Post Player and All-State player. “Really, its hard to say. We play different positions. Alisa could go in and out, like Caples. I didn’t play inside. And Donny (Fuller) can’t say because he didn’t coach me.”

Martin-Glass is currently Fuller’s assistant on the Lady Vikes varsity. She is also the physical educational teacher at Bowmar Avenue Elementary.

Martin-Glass said circumstances never really came together for her to consider college coaching.

“I did the one year as a graduate assistant at Ole Miss,” She said. “Then I went with Gerald overseas to Italy and France. When we came back, and he went back into the NBA (Los Angeles Lakers), I still had a desire to play.

“I tried to go into the WNBA, but I messed up my arm. I played some minor league ball, but I had to have my shoulder reconstructed,” she said.

Her priorities, though, haven’t changed.

“God, family and then my job. I’ve got two sons, Gerald, Jr., who is in the seventh grade at Warren Junior and my youngest son, Jalon Jakobi, is in the second grade. He’s at Bowmar and yes, I’m his PE teacher. I have to tell him, ‘I’m not mommy here, I’m Coach Glass, to you,’” she said with a laugh.

Phillips was a two-sport athlete in the late 1920s at Ole Miss where he became an All-Southern Conference player. In 1928, he led the Rebels to Southern Conference titles in both basketball and baseball.

After college, Phillips became a businessman in Vicksburg. It also was where he became good friends and a golfing buddy with Ole Miss Hall of Famer Kayo Dottley.

“I knew him both in business and on the golf course,” Dottley recounts. “Nice, nice man.”

Dottley was playing golf with Phillips when he died of a heart attack at the Vicksburg Country Club in 1955.

“We were on No. 17 at the Country Club when I hit a shot up to the ridge. Ary had just fallen. We were playing with Don Marcus and Dr. (Gus) Street. Gus went to check on him and said, ‘Kayo, he’s dead.’”

Phillips ran a business service company in Vicksburg.

“He taught typing and shorthand, for quite a long time here in Vicksburg,” Dottley said.