Jerel Jernigan begins his first season as an assistant coach for the NIACC men's basketball program.
Jernigan is involved in all areas of coaching for the Trojans. He will be active in recruiting, practice implementation, game planning, fundraising, and scouting, as well as being in charge of perimeter player development, and strength and conditioning.
In December of 2014, Jernigan graduated from Ball State University with a bachelor’s degree in Sport Administration. Prior to attending Ball State University, Jernigan graduated from NIACC with an associates of arts degree in 2011.
Jernigan played for NIACC and current NIACC head coach Mark Mohl from 2009-11.
Jernigan scored 534 career points at NIACC. He also had 164 assists (29th on school's career list), 93 steals (tied for 19th on school's career list) and made 93 3-point goals (tied for 14th on school's career list).
Jerel began his college career at NIACC where he received honorable mention all-region honors two consecutive seasons. The highlight of Jernigan's career at NIACC came in a game against DMACC where Jernigan scored 18 points and added nine assists to lead the Trojans to a road win against then No. 2 DMACC.
Jernigan attended high school at Indiana's prestigious power house Muncie Central High school. Muncie Central is currently tied with Marion High school for a state record 8 state championships.