Jalessa Taylor enters her fifth season as the assistant coach for the women's basketball program at Mississippi College. She comes back to MC after a stellar four-year career as a Lady Choctaw and two years as a graduate assistant with the program.
Taylor played from 2007-11 and is second in MC Division III history with 1,128 career points and has the top mark with 104 games played. Jalessa shot 53% from the floor and averaged 5.6 rebounds per contest. She earned a First Team All-ASC selection as a senior and was a First Team All-East Division performer in her junior season.
Jalessa played at Jackson Academy where she was a four-time All-Conference performer and All-State Tournament Team. She set the school record at JA for points scored in a career.
She is the daughter of Jeanice Taylor. Jalessa has a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology and received her Master's degree in Athletic Administration in December 2015.
Former Lady Choctaw Alexus Stirgus returns to Mississippi College in 2018 as a graduate assistant for the women’s basketball team.
Stirgus played for Mississippi College from 2012-14 after a successful two seasons at Copiah Lincoln Community College. She averaged 12.2 points 4.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.8 steals per game during her time in Clinton. She helped lead Copiah Lincoln to the state title and a regional championship.
The Vicksburg, Miss., native comes returns home after serving as an assistant coach at Clinton High School for the last three seasons. She helped lead the Lady Arrows to the playoffs two of the three seasons.
Stirgus received her Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences in December 2014 from Mississippi College.
Assistant Athletic Trainer (WSOC, WBB)
Alicia Thornburg enters her fifth season as the Assistant Athletic Trainer at Mississippi College. Thornburg spent the previous two years as a graduate assistant in the department.
Alicia will be the main contact for the women's soccer and women's basketball teams. In her two years as a G.A., she spent time working with the men's soccer team and the men's and women's tennis squads.
Prior to her time at Mississippi College, Alicia was a full-time athletic trainer at Faulkner University (2007-09) through Rehab Associates. She earned her Emergency Medical Technician degree from the H. Councill Trenholm State Technical College in 2008. Thornburg earned her Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training degree from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2007. She is also a member of the National and Mississippi Athletic Training Associations.
Alicia is originally from Mantachie, MS. She is married to Robert Thornburg and the two have two children, Aiden and Hadley. She is the daughter of Mark and Debbie Hopper. She is a member of Morrison Heights Baptist Church and a volunteer at the food pantry called Second Harvest.
Graduate Assistant / Strength & Conditioning
Assistant Sports Information Director (VB, XC, WBB, BB, TF)
Kyle Lewis joins to the Mississippi College staff as the Assistant Sports Information Director. Lewis comes to MC from Centenary College of Louisiana where he served as the Sports Information Coordinator.
While at Centenary, Lewis promoted three, Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference regular season championships (baseball, two; men's basketball) and helped guide the social media efforts for the athletic programs, including a rise in followers on Twitter and fans on Facebook along with the launch of the College's Athletics' Instagram.
Prior to his time in Shreveport, La., the 2004 Mississippi State University alumni was the Sports Information Director at the University of West Alabama, where he oversaw all 13 intercollegiate programs, including serving as the primary contact for women's soccer, football, men's and women's basketball, baseball, softball, men's and women's rodeo. He also led the charge in the social media realm with the introduction of the UWA Athletics Facebook page, YouTube channel and Twitter. Along with his duties, he assisted with radio duties serving as the play-by-play and color analyst for various UWA athletic events.
Lewis has served as the contact for softball and men's and women's outdoor and indoor track for the Southeastern Conference along with assisting in various SEC Championship events such as the men's and women's basketball tournaments, gymnastics championships, baseball tournament and softball tournament.
He started his post graduate career as a Sports Information Assistant at Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Ala. At JSU, he served as the primary contact for women's soccer, men's and women's cross country, women's basketball, baseball, men's and women's indoor and outdoor track and field and rifle along with assisting with football and men's basketball.
Lewis earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education with a concentration in Sports Communication. At MSU, he worked in the media relations office with all MSU athletic programs and served as the primary contact for women's golf.
The Hatley, Miss., native has also worked with JUCO Weekly, a website to promote the Mississippi based junior and community colleges.
Lewis is married to the former Katie Walden of Jackson, Miss.