Staff
Head Coach
Terry Fowler

Terry Fowler was named the University of South Alabama women’s basketball program’s ninth head coach on April, 17, 2013 coming off two NCAA Division II Tournament appearances in the previous three years at North Alabama.

Fowler will enter his 20th season as a head coach during the 2018-19 season and the Jackson, Tenn., native now holds a career coaching record of 267-270 (.497) and a 60-92 record during his first five seasons at South Alabama.

While at South Alabama, Fowler has coached five all-Sun Belt Conference selections: Chyna Ellis (‘15-16, ’16-’17), Meghan Dunn (‘13-14), Breanna Hall (‘14-15), Marquita Daniels. All were third-team selections, while Ellis also earned first-team honors during the 2017-18 season. Ellis – the first Jaguar to be selected as the league’s defensive student-athlete of the year back during the 2016-17 season – also earned the honor her senior season, while Savannah Jones was also named the Sun Belt Conference’s Freshman of the Year following the 2017-18 season, the first Jag to receive the honor since Whitney Woodard in 2003-04.

Last season, Fowler guided the program to it’s first postseason appearance in over a decade as the Jaguars reached the semifinals of the Women’s Basketball Invitational. South Alabama also led the nation in blocks with 254 and Ellis became the all-time block leader in Sun Belt history on Jan. 18 against Coastal Carolina while also recording just the fourth triple-double in South Alabama history.

Fowler arrived at USA after spending the last seven seasons at the helm at North Alabama where he guided the Lions to the NCAA Tournament in both 2011 and ’13 while winning 20-plus games in each of those years. During the 2012-13 campaign, UNA posted a 20-11 mark – going 12-6 in the Gulf South Conference – while qualifying for the event, and after ranking in the top 20 nationally in field-goal percentage defense and scoring defense he was named the league’s Coach of the Year. Fowler was also chosen the GSC East Division Coach of the Year in 2011 after leading the Lions to a 12-0 record in conference action; UNA would finish the year 21-7 after advancing to the NCAA Tournament, its first appearance in the event since the 1993-94 campaign.

Twelve Lions earned all-GSC recognition in Fowler’s seven seasons, with a pair selected the league’s East Division Player of the Year. UNA also had the conference Freshman of the Year in 2009. He has also had three academic all-GSC selections during his time at North Alabama – Ashley Moore (2008-09), Julia Myers (2011-12) and Lauren Faris (2012-13).

Fowler has ties to the Mobile community as well, having worked at both USA and Spring Hill prior to taking over the reins of the UNA program. He was an assistant on the Lady Jaguar staff during the 2000-01 and ’01-02 seasons, with his responsibilities including coach guards, recruiting, scouting, strength and conditioning, and handling team travel. During his first year, USA’s 13 wins were the most posted by the program since 1991, while in his second season the Lady Jags finished 17-11 for the school’s first winning record since 1990. USA ranked in the top 25 in the country both years in scoring defense, finishing sixth in the category Fowler’s second year on the staff.

After serving as an assistant at SHC from 1993-98, he was promoted to head coach prior to the start of the ’98-99 campaign. In his second season as a collegiate head coach, Fowler led the Badgers to their first-ever NAIA Tournament appearance and 23-11 overall record while winning both the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference regular season and tournament titles. For his efforts, he was named the league Coach of the Year at the end of the year.

Fowler returned to Spring Hill in 2002, and during the next four years led the Badgers to their first-ever NAIA national ranking and the semifinals of the GCAC Tournament on two occasions, while helping SHC finish among the top 15 in the nation in scoring defense three consecutive seasons. He served as chair of the GCAC women’s basketball committee and was the Region 6 representative on the NAIA Kodak/WBCA All-America selection committee while in his second stint at the school, also implementing “Reading Badgers” and mentoring programs in, which his student-athletes assisted in the community.

He played his first two years on the collegiate level at Lincoln Memorial (Tenn.) before going on to earn all-Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference honors as a senior at Lane (Tenn.), where he was also a two-time Academic All-SIAC selection. Fowler earned his degree in business administration from the school in 1986, and added a master’s degree in sport management from the United States Sports Academy in 1994. Fowler and his wife, Carolyn, have four children — Megan, Geoffrey, Morgan and Madison.

Assistant Coach
Yolisha Jackson

Yolisha Jackson joined Terry Fowler’s staff on May 31, 2013, and enters her sixth season with the program after spending three seasons at the United States Air Force Academy.

During her five years at USA, Jackson has worked primarily with the post position players, while serving as the recruiting coordinator for the Jags. South Alabama’s 2014 recruiting class ranked second among the teams in the Sun Belt Conference according to Girls Basketball Report.

In her final season as a Jag, Chyna Ellis became the all-time block leader in Sun Belt history on Jan. 18 against Coastal Carolina. Ellis also became just the fourth Jaguar ever and first since the 1989-90 season to record a triple-double in the same game against the Chanticleers as she scored 12 points, pulled down 10 rebounds and blocked a Mitchell Center record 10 shots in the contest.

Ellis ended her career with 338 career blocks and also left the program ranked third in rebounding (985), fifth in double-doubles (29) and 12th at South Alabama in scoring with 1,247 points. Ellis - a three-time all-Sun Belt Conference selection - became the first player since Whitney Woodard during the 2003-04 season to be named first-team all-league during the 2017-18 season.

Ellis was also selected as the SBC’s Defensive Player of the Year for the second time in her career as she set a new single-season mark for blocks for the second straight season and became the first Jaguar to eclipse the 100-block mark in ‘17-18 ending the year with 107. Behind Ellis’ wall of defense, South Alabama led the nation in blocks with 254.

Individually, Chyna Ellis came in and had an immediate impact during her freshman season, leading the Sun Belt in blocks with 2.0 per outing. Her 56 blocks were the most ever by a freshman at South Alabama. Ellis also ranked fifth in the Sun Belt on the glass with 7.8 rpg, while shooting 41.1 percent from the field.

In her first year with the Jaguars, senior forward Ronneka Robertson ranked fourth in the Sun Belt in rebounding with 8.3 per game and 14th in the conference in field-goal percentage, knocking down 44.8 percent of her shot attempts.

In her three seasons at Air Force, she served as the recruiting coordinator and was primarily responsible for the Falcons’ post players. In her first season at the Academy in 2010-11, Jackson helped the program to the second-most conference wins in its Division-I history after the program had not won a Mountain West Conference game the previous two seasons.

Jackson arrived at the Academy in 2010 after spending five seasons at Kennesaw State University, where she served as the recruiting coordinator for the Lady Owls during her final three seasons.

Jackson helped KSU’s transition to Division I from Division II while in Kennesaw. During the 2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons, she helped the program to the most wins in its Division I history (15).

Jackson’s strong recruiting efforts assisted in the Owl’s increasing their talent over her three years as recruiting coordinator. Her 2009 class ranked as the top recruiting class in the Atlantic Sun. Her 2010 recruiting class consisted of future unanimous A-Sun Freshman of the Year Taylor Mills. Jackson was also responsible for recruiting and coaching Atlantic Sun Player of the Year Britteny Henderson (2007-08) and A-Sun all-freshman selections Rosetta Hollis (2006-07), Brandi Jones (2009-10) and Sametria Gideon (2009-10).

During the 2005-06 season, Jackson coached all-Atlantic Sun selection Shavonder Clarke, a junior-college transfer who scored over 1,000 points in two years at KSU. In 2007-08, she coached Atlantic Sun Defensive Player of the Year Greteya Kelley.

Jackson arrived at KSU in 2005 after a successful playing career at Jacksonville University. She ended her stellar playing career as the second player in JU history to score over 1,000 points for her career, finishing with 1,070. She also left the Dolphins as the single-season record holder for points per game, free throws made and free throws attempted, as well as career free throws made (325). Jackson was an Atlantic Sun academic all-conference selection and two-time team MVP, but had her career limited by a pair of knee injuries suffered in her junior year and the latter half of her senior season.

She is a member of both the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association and the Black Coaches Association.

Jackson a native of Clarksville, Tenn., received her bachelor’s degree from Jacksonville in physical education in 2005. She is the daughter of Austin Peay State University Hall of Famer Howard Jackson.

Assistant Coach
Dan Presel

Dan Presel enters his sixth season with the Jaguars after being named assistant coach at South Alabama on May 16, 2013. Presel works primarily with the USA guards and is in charge of developing the offensive system for the program. Along with scouting, Presel also oversees recruiting efforts in Alabama.

The 2017-18 season saw Savannah Jones become just the second player at South to be named the Sun Belt Conference Freshman of the Year and the first since Whitney Woodard (2003-04).

In her first full season of action on the court, Jones made 70 three-point baskets, third most all-time in program history for a single season and her 400 points ranked as fourth most at USA. Jones’ 141 made field goals were the fifth most by a freshman in program history

Colby Davis placed second on the team in scoring (10.2 ppg) and 24th in the Sun Belt Conference during the 2016-17 season. Davis also ranked first in free-throw percentage (80.0%) and tied for 14th in assists (2.6 apg) with teammate Candice Williams. Fellow guard Genesis Perrymond led the team in assists (2.9 apg) and was 11th in the league, 11th in three-pointers per game (1.5) and tied for 11th in total steals (47).

During the 2015-16 season, Marquita Daniels led the club in scoring (11.3 ppg) and steals (61), while ranking 17th and third, respectively in the Sun Belt in those two categories on her way to picking up third-team all-conference accolades.

Breanna Hall became the second Jag to earn all-Sun Belt honors under Presel, garnering third team accolades at the conclusion of the 2014-15 season.

Hall closed out her Jaguar career with an outstanding final season during the 2014-15 campaign. The Mesquite, Texas, native ranked among the conference leaders in numerous categories in the final rankings. Hall led the league in three-point shooting (.408), second in three-pointers per game (2.37), third in free-throw percentage (.820) and sixth in scoring (15.4). Hall closed out the season ranked 27th nationally from behind the arc as well.

She also ended her career ranked in several single-season and career program lists. Her 64 three-pointers this season were tied with Sarda Peterson (2012) for fourth-most in a season and her .408 three-point percentage tied for seventh with Kim Pompey.

That same season, freshman guard Marquita Daniels etched her name on several freshman top 10 categories: steals (second - 54), three-pointers made (fourth – 32), free-throws (seventh – 64), and points (10th – 290). Daniels also set a new Mitchell Center record for points in a game by a South Alabama player with a 37-point effort versus Georgia State on Feb. 7, 2015.

During the 2013-14 season, the Jaguars led the Sun Belt in three-point percentage (.354), three-point field-goal defense (.280) and tied with Troy for most three-pointers per game (6.5). USA ended the season ranked 38th nationally in three-point shooting. Meghan Dunn – who led the club in scoring and three-pointers – earned third-team all-SBC honors at the end of the season.

Presel came to South Alabama after spending the past seven seasons on Terry Fowler’s staff at North Alabama. During Presel’s tenure at UNA, the Lions qualified for the Gulf South Conference tournament every year and twice won the GSC East Division title – 2010-11 and 2012-13. UNA also earned a berth in the NCAA Division II National Tournament those same two seasons. The Lions were undefeated in league play during the 2010-11 season and made the program’s first appearance in the national tournament since 1994, finishing the year with a 21-7 mark. This past season, North Alabama recorded a 20-11 overall mark and a 12-6 record in the Gulf South.

Aside from recruiting, Presel also handled strength and conditioning, as well as specific floor work for the guards for the Lions.

Presel spent the 2005-06 season as assistant women’s basketball coach at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, where the Lady Mocs put together the nation’s longest winning streak at 26 consecutive games.

Prior to rejoining Fowler at UNA, Presel spent six seasons at Spring Hill where he was part of Fowler’s staff.

Presel was a pitcher on the Spring Hill baseball team from 1996-99. He received his bachelor’s degree in psychology in 1999. He and his wife, the former Jill Mathias, who played for the Lady Badgers from 1996-2000, have a daughter, Rian, and a son, Reid.

Assistant Coach
Rachel Travis

Rachel Travis enters her second season at South Alabama and joined the staff in April 2017 after spending three years at Longwood University. Travis works with the point guards, as well as assisting with recruiting and scouting opponents.

In her first season with the Jaguars, Shaforia Kines finished the 2017-18 season ranked fourth in assists to turnover ratio (1.6) and eighth in assists (116) in the Sun Belt. Kines also had 14 games in double-digit points, including dropping 10 or more in eight of the final 10 games.

Travis oversaw several roles while with the Lancers. She was the squad’s travel coordinator, as well as the academic and film liaison. She also played a vital role in recruiting, scouting and overseeing the day-to-day basketball operations.

In her three years of assisting at Longwood, Travis helped the team win 16 games, as the squad had injury-riddled seasons under her watch. In 2014-15, Longwood posted a 4-26 record with Daeisha Brown, a Preseason All-Big South selection, and leading rebounder Khalilah Ali limited to just a handful of games due to ACL tears. The following season Travis and the Lancers went 8-22 overall, and she aided in the development of forwards Kemari Jones and Eboni Gilliam. Longwood finished the 2016-17 season with another 4-26 record while missing several key upperclassmen once again. After the year was completed, Gilliam was invited to and participated in the WNBA Combine at the Women’s NCAA Final Four on April 2nd in Dallas, Texas.

Before Longwood, Travis spent two years as a head coach at Florida Air Academy, an international school in Melbourne, Fla. In her first year at Florida Air, she helped guide the team to the 2012-13 3A District Championship. The squad went 10-0 in district play and 20-5 overall while advancing to the regional finals. She followed that performance by taking Florida Air back to the district title game in 2014 after amassing a 19-8 overall record and a 9-1 mark in district play. The team also advanced to the regional finals that same year.

Prior to her two-year stint at Florida Air, Travis held the varsity girls basketball head coaching position at the Episcopal School of Jacksonville for the 2010-11 and 2011-12 academic years.

A 2009 graduate of Northwest University in Kirkland, Wash., Travis has affected the lives of young people in a variety of roles. In addition to her responsibilities as head basketball coach, Travis also taught psychology and physical education at both Florida Air and the Episcopal School.

Travis began her coaching career as a girls basketball camp director and coach at Episcopal in the summer of 2010, the same year she began her semi-professional playing career. In August of 2010, she stepped in as Episcopal’s head coach while moonlighting as a starting guard for the Florida Lady Knight Hawks of the Women’s Blue Chip Basketball League.

She ended her playing career in 2011 to focus on coaching at Episcopal and has also held coaching stints as an assistant for the West Boca Elite AAU program (2013) and head coach for the Central Florida Elite Black 2015.

Travis was a four-year starter and three-year team captain at Northwest. A two-time academic all-conference selection, she graduated in 2009 with a B.A. in secondary education with emphasis in health and fitness. She was named to the dean’s list and honor during her collegiate career. Travis was also a three-time Cascade Conference Player of the Week.

A native of North Bend, Wash., Travis is CPR certified and a member of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA).

Director of Operations
JD Brooks

Jeremiah “JD” Brooks joined the Jaguar women’s basketball staff Oct. 12, 2015 as the director of operations, and came to Mobile after spending five seasons as a student assistant with the University of North Alabama men’s basketball program for then-head coach Bobby Champagne.

UNA posted back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances in 2012-13 and 2013-14, and brought home the 2014 Gulf South Conference Tournament. The Lions advanced to the second round of NCAA play before falling to regional champion Tuskegee and finish with a 23-10 season.

During his five seasons as a student assistant in Florence, Brooks assisted in many areas of the Lions’ program. He was involved with daily operations of the program and summer camp operations. He also supervised game filming, exchange and breakdown. Brooks’ duties also included managing team travel, coordinating events for the coaching staff, creating community outreach opportunities for the players and staff, supervising locker room care and setup, as well as practice set up and take down, game day operations, organization and upkeep of equipment. Brooks also helped maintain records to assure compliance with NCAA, Gulf South Conference, and UNA rules and regulations.

In addition to his experience as a student assistant at North Alabama, Brooks also served as the male camp coordinator for two summers at the Wisconsin Badger Camp held in Prairie du Chien, Wis., where he oversaw camp activities, organized counselors and assisted the camp director.

Brooks earned his bachelor of science degree at UNA in December 2014. He has been a member of Rising Coaches Elite since July 2014. Away from the court, Brooks has helped served as a volunteer with Special Olympics at both the state and local level. As a student, he was named to UNA’s Dean’s List on four occasions and was also a member of the Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society.

Graduate Assistant
Jaylon Rory

Jaylon Rory enters second season as graduate assistant coach for the 2018-19 season and his sixth season with the program.

Prior to being named graduate assistant coach, Rory spent the previous four seasons as a student manager with the program. As a student-manger, Rory handled many responsibilities
film exchange, helping in practice and individual workouts, maintenance and upkeep of facilities, daily laundry responsibilities, and assisting in recruiting mail outs.

As a student at South Alabama, he graduated with a 3.44 GPA in education was on Dean’s List three times, President’s List once and is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and the Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society for education majors.