The all-time leading scorer in Division I women's basketball, Jackie Stiles returns to her alma mater as an assistant coach for the 2013-14 season.
"Words can't describe how excited I am to be coaching at my alma mater. It's a dream come true because I love the school and community so much," Stiles said. "I'm grateful for the opportunity Kellie has given me and look forward to learning from her. I could tell instantly from speaking with her that she is a great coach and person. I'm ready to put my heart and soul into making Missouri State the best women's basketball program it can be."
Stiles, who entered college coaching in 2012 as an assistant to former Lady Bear Charity (Shira) Elliott at Loyola Marymount, is the most decorated student-athlete in the history of Missouri State athletics.
As a senior, Stiles was named to the 2001 Kodak All-America First Team, the Associated Press All-America First Team and was named Women's Basketball News Service Player of the Year after finishing her collegiate career with 3,393 points, a record that still stands. Her 1,062 points that season remain the only 1,000-point season in Division I women's basketball history, and she also holds the No. 4 single game total with 56 in a March 2000 contest against Evansville.
She was also named the Honda Awards program Player of the Year and was the recipient of the coveted Honda Awards Broderick Cup, as well as the Wade Trophy as a senior.
A four-time Missouri Valley Conference first-team selection, Stiles earned MVC Player of the Year honors as a sophomore, junior and senior, and the award for the league's most outstanding player now bears her name.
Stiles led the Lady Bears to the 2001 NCAA Final Four before becoming the first Missouri State player ever to be drafted by a WNBA franchise. The Portland Fire's first-round (No. 4) draft pick, Stiles received 32 out of 60 possible votes from sportswriters and sportscasters in being named the league's Rookie of the Year in 2001. A WNBA All-Star that season, she played for the Los Angeles Sparks in 2002 as well as professionally in Australia before retiring in 2006.
Among Stiles' other awards include memberships in the Missouri State, MVC, Springfield Area and Missouri Sports halls of fame.
Since 2007, Stiles has owned and operated her own business, J. Stiles Total Training, which includes a variety of ventures including elite basketball training camps and clinics, personal training, motivational speaking appearances and sports broadcasting.