Jaguar Women's Basketball Coaches Region 17 Champion 2012, 2011, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2001
James WaldonHead Women’s Basketball Coach
James Waldon is in his 15th year as the head coach of the Georgia Perimeter College women’s basketball team and his 31st year coaching overall. Waldon looks to continue the success that landed the Jaguars in the national tournament in six of the past eight seasons—for four consecutive years from 2005-2008 and twice more in 2011 and 2012.
Waldon heads into the 2012-2013 campaign with only one returning player from last season’s 31-6 squad, which made the Elite Eight in the national tournament. Returning the team to Salina, Kansas, certainly will be a goal.
Waldon has recorded 259 wins and 172 losses during his tenure at Georgia Perimeter.
After graduating from Edward Waters College, Waldon accepted an assistant coaching position at Lake City Community College for the 1982-1983 season. He returned to Edward Waters as the Men’s Basketball head coach for the next three years. His coaching resume also includes stops at Southern Polytechnical College, head coach at Earl Paulk College and assistant coach for four seasons and head coach for two seasons with the Atlanta Trojans of the United States Basketball League.
In 2006, Waldon was selected as trials court coach for USA Basketball’s FIBA Americas U20 Championship for women team trials.
Waldon is married to the former Karen Slay of Brunswick, Georgia. The Waldon’s have two children, James Jr. and Rachel, and reside in Conyers.
Frank JonesAssistant Coach
Frank Jones is in his first year as an assistant coach of the Georgia Perimeter College women’s basketball team. Frank brings more than 25 years coaching experience to Georgia Perimeter. Known for his positive attitude and attention to detail, he adds great energy and competitive spirit to the women’s program.
A native of New Orleans, Frank earned a dual degree in accounting and finance from Loyola University. While at Loyola he played club basketball for two years before moving to the bench as a student assistant in his senior year.
After graduating and relocating to Atlanta in 1989, Frank served as assist coach from 1991-1999 with the Atlanta Trojans of the United States Basketball League. As coaches in the USBL, Frank and current women’s head coach James Waldon helped develop nine players who moved on to play in the National Basketball Association.
His coaching resume also includes stops with the Decatur Court Kings of the World Basketball Association, the Atlanta Pro-Am, and 22 years as head coach of the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church men’s team. At New Birth, Frank coached former professional and college basketball players to six Georgia Parks and Recreation Association state championships while twice finishing as runner-up.
In addition to his coaching responsibilities, Frank is a management analyst with the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. He also serves as a training instructor for the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency.
Frank lives in Stone Mountain, Ga., with his wife, Lori, and their Shitzu, Pepper. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, spending time with his family and playing fantasy football.
Anikia JawaraAssistant Coach
Former Jaguar Anikia Jawara returns to the Georgia Perimeter College women’s basketball team for her first year as assistant coach. She brings outstanding experience to the Jaguars.
A native of Oakland, Calif., Jawara was a two-year starter at GPC. She was selected to the NJCAA All-Region 17 first team in 2006 and the second team in 2005.
Jawara moved on to star at New Mexico State University, where she won Western Athletic Conference Player of the Week in 2007, was named to All-WAC first team in the 2006 -2007 season and was selected to the second team in 2007-2008.
She earned a bachelor’s degree from NMSU in individualized studies emphasizing community health. Subsequently, she obtained a master’s degree at NMSU in public health promotion and education. After receiving her bachelor’s, Jawara became the graduate assistant for women’s basketball at NMSU.