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Tallahassee Community College Celebrates National Championship, Book Signing

Posted at 12:22 AM, Aug 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-09 00:22:00-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fl. (WTXL) - Back in March, the Tallahassee Community College women's basketball team won a Junior College National title. On Wednesday night, a banner was unveiled and rings were presented to the Champs as the community gathered to celebrate.

The Championship is the program's firs, and the school's first in 24 years. The ladies were overwhelmed with the support, and for many, Wednesday was a dream come true.

"I told my head coach that I was going to win him a National Championship before I left here," said Japonica James, who is headed to Troy to continue her career. "I won State Championships in high school and I told him when I got here, I'm going to win you a Championship before I leave."

"It's certainly a culmination everything the team worked towards over the last year, because after tonight, you kind of officially turn the page and you start working towards the 18-19 season," added Athletic Director Rob Chaney.

The celebration continued at the Pavilion at the Centre of Tallahassee, where head coach Q Bedell held his book signing.

Coach Q led the Eagle's to the National title in his fifth year at the helm of the program. He wrote a book about it, "From Chumps to Champs," and coach happy to share his journey with everyone.

"I think it makes them more curious to get the book and hear the story of how we got here," he said. "It's exciting, and I hope the book helps some people to dream and be inspired that if you believe in something and you set your mind to it, you can achieve it."

For more information on the book, head on over to Q's website.