Mark Kellogg Hoops Camp
Stone comes to SFA from Southern Utah; Bishop comes from Texas A&M-Commerce
Jayci Stone is in her second year as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the Ladyjack basketball program. Mark Kellogg took over as head women’s basketball coach in May of 2015 and added Stone to the staff in late June.
“Jayci Stone came very highly recommended,” said Kellogg. “She has tremendous experience at the junior college, division two and division one levels and will be our recruiting coordinator. I’m super excited to have her. Jayci has a great demeanor, she’ll be great on the floor and will really help us out from a recruiting standpoint.”
Stone comes to SFA from Southern Utah University, where she was the women’s basketball assistant coach and team’s recruiting coordinator. In 2014-15, she helped coach the Thunderbirds to a 13-15 record as a member of the Big Sky Conference while organizing the signing of eight players in the 2015 class.
Prior to her time in Cedar City, Stone worked for the TCU women’s basketball program for three years, serving as video coordinator, director of operations and interim assistant coach. Her numerous roles included scouting, overseeing academic affairs, organizing team travel and assisting with youth camps, all while helping the Horned Frogs to a nine-win turnaround (18-14) in their second season in the Big 12.
Stone, who also had coaching stints at Hutchinson Community College (2009-11), Frank Phillips College (2008-09) and the University of Alaska-Anchorage (2007), played her college ball at Colby Community College, New Mexico State University and Alaska-Anchorage. Overall between the three schools, she helped her team amass an 85-37 record.
Stone graduated from Kansas State University in 2008 as a social sciences major with an emphasis in physical education and history. She received her masters in liberal arts from TCU in 2013.
Jessica Grayson joined the Ladyjack coaching staff prior to the 2016-17 season. She has nine years of basketball coaching experience between the high school and collegiate ranks as an assistant and head coach.
Grayson comes to Nacogdoches after serving three seasons as an assistant coach and junior college recruiting coordinator at Illinois State University. She assisted in all recruiting phases while directing and organizing all junior college recruiting activities. Grayson worked primarily with the Redbird posts during her stint in Normal, Illinois, leading all post player training in practices and working with each big individually.
During the 2012-13 season, Grayson spent a year away from the college scene as the head coach at Clarksville Academy – one of the top private schools in Tennessee.
Prior to Clarksville Academy, Grayson served as an assistant in Division I women’s basketball dating back to 2007. From 2010-12, she was the assistant coach at Austin Peay. At APSU, Grayson collaborated with the head coach to develop on-court strategies and evaluated potential student-athletes. She also prepared scouting reports of opponents, monitored and developed academic strategies for student-athletes and implemented individual workouts with perimeter players.
Grayson worked at Tennessee-Martin for three seasons as an assistant coach from 2007-10, where she created a recruiting strategy for the entire program, in addition to evaluating and scouting opponents and breaking down video. She also developed and monitored academic strategies for student-athletes and coordinated team travel.
Grayson broke into coaching as a graduate assistant coach for two seasons at Valdosta State beginning in 2005, while obtaining a Master’s Degree in health and physical education.
Grayson enjoyed a successful playing career between stops at Columbia State Community College in Columbia, Tennessee and Austin Peay. At CSCC, she helped her team make the NJCAA National Tournament and rank as high as seventh nationally while being named an NJCAA All-American in 2000.
From there, Grayson ventured to Austin Peay in 2002. In both 2003 and 2004, she helped guide the Governors to an Ohio Valley Conference Title, an OVC Tournament Championship and an NCAA Tournament Appearance. In her two year career, Grayson and APSU boasted an overall record of 50-12.
She earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in health and human performance from Austin Peay in 2005.
Leonard Bishop joins Jayci Stone and Jamila Ganter as an assistant coach for the Ladyjack program in 2015-16. He has held coaching positions for both men’s and women’s programs over his career, most recently serving as assistant women’s basketball coach at his alma mater Texas A&M-Commerce from 2012-15.
“I’ve competed against Leonard the last few years while I was at West Texas A&M and I think he’s a rising star in this profession,” said SFA head women's basketball coach Mark Kellogg. “He’s a great communicator with players, coaches and anyone we’ll work with. He has a great personality. His dad is a coaching legend in Dallas so Leonard has been on a bench since he was probably seven or eight years old. He has a great eye for basketball.”
Bishop helped lead a dramatic turnaround for the women’s team at Texas A&M-Commerce as an assistant, guiding the Lions to a nine-win improvement and the program’s first postseason berth in four years during his first season on staff.
Prior to coaching the women’s squad at Commerce, Bishop assisted the men’s basketball program during the 2010-11 season. He got his start in coaching at Missouri Baptist University in 2009 where he was the assistant men’s coach for a season before returning to his alma mater in 2010.
After winning a national championship at Dallas Lincoln High School, Bishop attended Three Rivers Community College and Collin County Community College to begin his collegiate playing career. From 2006-08, he played at Commerce where he earned All-Lone Star Conference honorable mention recognition and was a team captain his senior year. He was awarded the Terry Allen Award in 2008 for his heart and dedication to the Lion program.
Bishop earned his degree in sociology from Commerce in 2008. He and his wife Ashley have a seven-year-old daughter Khendyn and a five-year-old son Leonard Bishop III.
Director of Basketball Operations
Stephen F. Austin head women’s basketball coach Mark Kellogg announced the addition of Kayla Scott to the Ladyjack staff as the director of basketball operations early in the summer of 2016.
Scott is involved with nearly all facets of the Ladyjack program, including the organization of team travel, scheduling, on-campus recruiting visits and equipment management. She also assists with the overall day-to-day functions of the office.
Scott arrived at SFA after two coaching stints in the college ranks. In 2014-15, she served under head coach Tom Webb as an assistant women’s basketball coach at Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma. In her first season, Scott helped guide the Aggies to a program-best 12-4 Lone Star Conference record and their first NCAA Tournament appearance in 13 years. During her time at Cameron, she worked primarily with the guards and perimeter players and was in charge of the budget, meals, recruiting, scouting and fundraising.
Scott got her first collegiate coaching job at Western Texas College in Snyder, Texas as an assistant to the women’s basketball program during the 2013-14 season.
Prior to her coaching days, Scott enjoyed a successful four-year playing career at Howard Payne University in Brownwood, Texas. In her career she won a conference championship, two west division titles, reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament and helped the Lady Jackets compile a cumulative record of 85-25. She earned several prestigious awards, being selected as the American Southwest Conference Distinguished Scholar Athlete, ASC All-Academic, Honorable Mention All-ASC and was also tabbed ASC Player of the Week during her career.
She graduated from HPU in 2013 with her M.B.A. and earned her B.S. in mathematics in 2012.
During the 2015-16 academic year, Scott coached AAU basketball and did individual skills training for Lee Green Basketball. She also spent two months teaching English and working with youth in Cologne, Germany.
A native of Azle, Texas, Scott graduated from Azle High School in 2008 where she was an All-District performer and MVP in both basketball and soccer while graduating 10th in her class.
Before coming to SFA, Branson received his undergraduate degree in Physical Education from Baylor University in 2014. He started his career coaching at the high school level during his sophomore year in Waco. Branson also split his time coaching an AAU team, the Centex Elites, and produced four players that received college scholarships.
After he graduated from Baylor, Branson moved to coach at Vanguard College Preparatory School and helped guide the team to a 25-5 record that won them a trip to the Sweet 16 in Waco.
In 2015, Branson became the volunteer assistant coach for the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor Women’s Basketball team. During his time there he helped lead them to a 15-11 record and earned them a spot in the American Southwest Conference Tournament.
Branson, a native from Palmdale California, played high school ball at Quartz Hill High school before his playing career ended. Branson is now a graduate student at Stephen F. Austin, pursuing his M.A. in Mass Communications.