Beginning in July of 2017, Rebecca Alvidrez will be head coach Mark Kellogg's assistant head coach for the Stephen F. Austin women's basketball team.
Alvidrez joins the Ladyjacks following a highly successful three-year stint as an assistant coach at Colorado State.
During her three seasons on staff in Fort Collins, Alvidrez helped the Rams retain their reputation as a roundball power both in the Mountain West Conference and on the national scene. In that time, Colorado State rolled up a record of 79-19, captured three consecutive Mountain West Conference regular season titles, appeared in the NCAA Tournament and in the WNIT. On their home floor of Moby Arena, the Rams were nearly unbeatable through that three-year span as they posted a 46-4 mark.
Alvidrez assisted in prepping two-time Mountain West Player of the Year winner Ellen Nystrom (2015-16, 2016-17) while with the Rams, too.
Alvidrez arrived at Colorado State after a two-year affiliation with Omaha, where she was an assistant with the Mavericks. While there, she parlayed her one season of playing professional basketball in Sweden (Brahe Basketball, 2003-04) to an important European recruiting conduit that eventually served both Omaha and Colorado State well.
Before her two-year stint in Omaha, Alvidrez helped elevate the profile of Alaska-Anchorage to that of an NCAA Division II women's basketball powerhouse through her six seasons as the program's associate head coach. From 2006-12, the Seawolves piled up an impressive 165-31 record and made six appearances in the NCAA Division II women's basketball tournament during Alvidrez's tenure as the top assistant and recruiting coordinator.
Alvidrez's first college basketball coaching stop came at Otero Junior College from 2002-06 where she served as an assistant coach for the Rattlers' men's and women's basketball programs under head coach Tim Moser.
Her collegiate playing career was split between a pair of schools and her first stop was Otero Junior College in La Junta, Colo. As the team's point guard, she led her squad to a pair of conference titles and captured junior college All-American honors in each of her seasons there.
Alvidrez's play at Otero caught the eye of many NCAA Division I programs, including Montana State where she spent the final two seasons of her collegiate career. It was there that she collected a pair of All-Big Sky selections and was named the league's Newcomer of the Year following the conclusion of the 2000-01 regular season.
Alvidrez received her bachelor's degree from Adams State in 2006.
SFA Head Coach Mark Kellogg on Alvidrez: "Obviously we're extremely thrilled to get someone of Rebecca's caliber here. Not only is this a chance for her to gain more responsibility, she brings some great international recruiting ties, new ideas, new perspectives and a wealth of basketball knowledge to our program."
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.
Ethan McIlhargey is in his first year as the video coordinator and graduate assistant with the Stephen F. Austin women’s basketball program.
"I'm extremely excited for the opportunity to work with Coach Kellogg and his staff at SFA. It's a very historic program with a bright future, and I'm glad I get the chance to be a part of it. " -Ethan McIlhargey
Before joining the Ladyjacks' staff, McIlhargey served as a student assistant with the University of Idaho women’s basketball team from 2013-2017, where he also earned his undergraduate degree.
During his time with Idaho, McIlhargey assisted with travel, game and practice video, recruiting materials, social media, and practice logistics. While at Idaho he was a part of two WAC Tournament championships, one WAC regular season championship, one Big Sky tournament championship and three NCAA tournament appearances. Idaho was led by the winningest coach in program history, Jon Newlee.
A native of Kuna, Idaho, McIlhargey is pursuing a master’s degree in mass communications at SFA.