Alvidrez's second season with the Ladyjacks in 2018-19 saw them put up yet another 25-win season, their third consecutive. Alvidrez and the Ladyjacks became one of just 15 NCAA D1 programs to post back-to-back-to-back seasons of 25 or more victories. The Ladyjacks dropped just two games in conference play and finished second overall with a 16-2 mark in league play, and would advance to the Southland Conference Tournament semifinals as well. The 'Jacks also compiled a win streak of 13 straight games, the fourth time in as many seasons in which the Ladyjacks have strung together a double-digit win streak. The Ladyjacks ranked 10th nationally in assists per game (17.6), 18th in assists, 19th in field-goal percentage (45.6), 14th in field-goal percentage defense (35.7), ninth in three-point field goal percentage defense (26.5) and 23rd in scoring margin (13.5). SFA also secured its third straight appearance in a postseason tournament, joining the WNIT Postseason Tournament for the second year in a row.
In her first season as an assistant head coach for the Ladyjacks in 2017-18, Rebecca Alvidrez was instrumental in helping the Ladyjacks to a second straight 25-win season, the first time that SFA had strung together two such seasons since 2001-02. Alvidrez helped SFA rack up a 16-2 conference record and advance to a second straight Southland Conference Tournament title game.
Alvidrez's work with the SFA guards showed through in assist-turnover ratio, where the Ladyjacks ranked second in the Southland as a team, and also was a contributing factor in the conference's second-ranked scoring defense at 57.9 points per game. Under Alvidrez's tutelage, the Ladyjacks notched a 16-2 conference record, advanced to a second straight Southland Conference Tournament title game, and made the program's fifth appearance in the WNIT by accepting an at-large bid.
Alvidrez joined the Ladyjacks in July of 2017 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. Nearly two decades later, in the fall of 2018, she was inducted into the Bobcat' Hall of Fame.
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."
Assistant coach Jessica Grayson will begin her third season at SFA in 2019-20, having helped guide the Ladyjacks to a third consecutive 25-win season and postseason tournament appearance in 2018-19. Grayson helped the Ladyjacks post team averages of 71.6 points per game on offense and 54.8 points per game on defense. The Ladyjacks were stellar in conference play, posting a 16-2 record and finishing second in the conference standings, and were perfect at home with a 17-0 record there. Guards Chanell Hayes and Stephanie Visscher flourished under Grayson's toutelage, with the former being named Southland All-Conference First Team and the latter being selected for the All-Defensive Team.
In assistant coach Jessica Grayson's second season at SFA in 2017-18, the Ladyjacks would amass a second straight 25-win season for the first time since 2001-02. The 'Jacks would rank second in scoring (72.7), third in points allowed per game (59.7) and second in scoring margin (14.8). A big reason for the Ladyjack's success came via a strong junior campaign from Chanell Hayes, who more than doubled her scoring average from a season prior under Grayson's tutelage and chipped in 12.3 points and 5.6 rebounds per game on her way to Southland All-Conference Honorable Mention honors. Fellow winger Lovisa Brunnberg also put forth her best season in 2017-18, leading the Southland in 3-point shooting percentage (41.1) on the season.
Prior to her arrival in Nacogdoches, Grayson served 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. Altogether, she has nine years of basketball coaching experience between the high school and collegiate ranks as an assistant and head coach.
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 finished his fourth season with the Ladyjack program during the 2018-19 season. While at SFA, Bishop has helped lead the program to a 93-34 record in three seasons, including a 25-7 record during the 2018-19 season that saw the team surge to the Southland Conference Tournament semifinal before earning an at-large bid to the WNIT. Bishop and the Ladyjacks have strung together three consecutive 25-win seasons and advanced to postseason play in each of the past three seasons as well.
Bishop's work with the SFA post players in the 2018-18 season shone through in the excellent senior campaign of Stevi Parker, who became the program's 32nd 1,000-point scorer and cracked the top ten career rebounds list at SFA on the way to Southland All-Conference First Team honors. In addition, forward Imani Johnson was recognized as the Southland Conference Newcomer of the Year in her first season under Bishop's tutelage, and fellow post players Riley Harvey, Aaliyah Johnson and Kia Fisker each appeared in 20+ games for the Ladyjacks.
Prior to joining SFA, Bishop 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 12-year-old daughter Khendyn, an eight-year-old son Leonard Bishop III, and a one-year-old daughter, Khelsie.
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.