September 23, 2014

Stiles joins Missouri State’s staff as an assistant

Jackie Stiles will leave Loyola Marymount to coach under Kellie Harper.

Jackie Stiles will leave Loyola Marymount to coach under Kellie Harper.

New Missouri State women’s basketball coach Kellie Harper filled her two remaining assistant coaching vacancies Thursday (April 18), with former MSU great Jackie Stiles and Jennifer Sullivan set to join her husband Jon Harper on the sideline this fall.

“Each of these hires addresses a need,” Harper said of her assistants. “Jon brings a number of strengths that complement me. He’s a great communicator with players and has a knack for handling time and score situations in games.

“I felt great talking with Jennifer and Jackie. They are both young, qualified, and want to be at Missouri State. Jennifer is very professional, has great recruiting ties to the region and comes highly recommended. Jackie is an up-and-coming coach and good recruiter whose place in this program’s history speaks for itself.”

Stiles reportedly interviewed earlier this month for the head coach job for Drury University women’s basketball job. Drury is also located in Springfield.