The Shelby County Sheriff's Department is investigating the death of a minister, teacher and basketball coach as a homicide according to WMC-TV's Action News 5 out of Memphis.
Jimmy McClain, 49, a former college basketball standout at the University of Central Arkansas and an Elaine High School graduate, was found dead at his Cordova, Tenn. home on Friday, Feb. 22. He had missed work several days when detectives went to his home to check on him.
McClain served as the basketball coach and business teacher at Ridgeway High School and was the minister of the Johnson Street Church of Christ in Benton, Arkansas.
McClain played on the UCA basketball team that included NBA All Star Scottie Pippen. Teammates praised McClain as being as dedicated to his team as much as was the sport that was called, “his passion.”
He was born to Charles Henry and Jim Ella McClain in Lundell. He graduated from Elaine High School and went on to earn a BBA in marketing from UCA. He also earned an MBA degree in management from Strayer University.
Currently, no arrests have been made in McClain's murder. Law enforcement officials have not reported how he died.