Jacksonville College has tabbed a high school varsity assistant coach that has deep roots in East Texas as its new assistant women's basketball coach.
JC head women's basketball coach Leasa Ailshie announced Tuesday that Karlee Wilson, who served as varsity assistant coach at Mansfield Timberview, a Metroplex Class 5A perennial power, has been hired to fill the opening created when Rosio Medrano-Lopez left the school earlier this spring.
Wilson will begin her new job on July 1, according to Ailshie.
Wilson is from Hallsville and played collegiately at Stephen F. Austin State University (NCAA, Division I), Ouachita Baptist University (NCAA, Division II) and at East Texas Baptist University (NCAA, Division III).
Wilson's first job out of college was as an assistant coach at Jacksonville High School two seasons ago where she assisted head coach Allan Pope.
Since that time Wilson has served at Timberview.
Ailshie said that JC gave serious consideration to three candidates following the initial search launch and that Wilson was deemed the top choice.
“I'm really excited to have Karlee coming back to Jacksonville to help me out,” Ailshie said. “She's been coaching at the high school level in the DFW area for the past couple of years and we are thankful to get her. I know she is looking forward to coaching the college game.”
Ailshie said that there were two major reasons that led JC to go with Wilson.
“Karlee has been coaching and helping quite a few players at Timberview prepare for Division I basketball and that will help her a lot at our level,” Ailshie said. “She knows how to coach kids up to get the most out of them and to help them reach their goals (of obtaining a scholarship to a four-year school) while they are here at Jacksonville College.