Tyler (KETK) — She is a finalist for the national coach of the year award.
Trenia Tillis-Jones led her Apache Ladies to the national quarterfinals.
Not bad for a team that had a losing record last year.
Tyler Junior College this year won 30 games.
"I told my kids you were in hostile territory," Tillis-Jones said. "You were fighting an uphill battle with oil all over you."
"You fought through teams that were bigger than you and faster than you, sometimes had more fans than you, had more than you did," Tillis-Jones added. "But they never gave up."