Grayson has nine years of coaching experience as an assistant and head coach
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.