This innovative coaching fellowship, presented by the Mississippi Association of Coaches (MAC), the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA), and the University of Mississippi’s School of Education (UM SOE), seeks to select and invest in 25 future leaders for our state in the area of high school and middle school athletics. All 25 candidates were identified by a selection committee, and represent the best the state has to offer.

The coaching fellowship seeks to assist in three areas of growth for each candidate: 

  1. Coaching the Whole Athlete (Leadership, Resilience, Empathy, and Responsibility) - Each participant will be able to implement all sessions’ materials at their current school and share with their colleagues.
  2. Opportunity to network with 24 of their peers who have demonstrated the capacity to be our state’s future leaders in athletics.
  3. Access to current leaders in the MHSAA, MAC, Higher Ed, College Athletics, and “potentially” Pro Athletics to learn how they can grow their spheres of influence in their communities and across the state.


The goal is for the selected candidates to have this time to deliberately work on their craft in a cohort of their peers, so that ultimately their student-athletes and overall communities benefit for years to come.

The 2023-24 class members and their schools are:

Michael Lindsey, Meridian Public School District
Logan Dodson, Oxford School District
Tiffany Wilson, Quitman County School District
Drew Crowell, Madison County Schools
Brandon Jackson, Tupelo Public School District
Hawtin Buchanan, Biloxi Public Schools
JK McWilliams, Rankin County School District
Shane Baltz, Senatobia School District
Allyson Brooks, Madison County Schools
Kasey McCann, George County School District
Allyson Hancock, Harrison County School District
Keisha Keyes, Pascagoula-Gautier School District
Candace Foster, Jackson Public School District
Victoria Anglin, Petal School District
Nick Griffin, Perry County School District
Terrance Robinson, Madison County Schools
Katelyn Robbins, New Albany School District
Lauren Dixon, Rankin County School District
Caronica Jackson, Hattiesburg Public Schools
Sanwaa Cooper, Harrison County School District
Eddie Ivory, Sunflower County Consolidated School District
Fred Hampton, Scott County School District
Jeff Stockstill, Pass Christian Public School District
Semaj Williams, West Bolivar Consolidated School District
Candice Maloney, Northeast Lauderdale High School


The fellowship will be administered once a month over the course of 10 months (August-May), and all sessions count towards CEU credits (up to four). Half of the sessions will take place the third Wednesday of the month at the MAC’s headquarters in Clinton (September, November, January, March, and May), and the other half will take place in the evening on the third Wednesday of the month online (August, October, December, February, and April).


Dr. Hunter Taylor is the founding director of the Mississippi Excellence in Coaching Fellowship and also a Clinical Assistant Professor in the School of Education at the University of Mississippi. Before making the leap into academia, Taylor spent 10 years as a men’s basketball coach on the college, high school, middle school, and international levels. He began his coaching career in Jackson Public Schools. Taylor holds degrees from the University of Texas, the University of Mississippi, and Baylor University. He released two leadership books in 2022. The first, How to Build a Thick Institution, is a reflection on him and Chris Cutcliffe’s work of redesigning Oxford High School’s football program, and the second, Draw the Line, is a non-fiction story about the impact a high school football staff made over the course of 30 years in three rural East Texas communities. Named a Presidential Leadership Scholar by the Bush Institute and Clinton Foundation in 2018, Taylor is also co-host of The Coach & Doc Podcast, which aims to share best coaching and leadership practices with its listeners. 


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Partner Organizations

The University of Mississippi School of Education is the educational partner for the Excellence in Coaching program. Additional partners include the Mississippi Association of Coaches and the Mississippi High School Athletics Association.


This program is made possible by the support of Mississippi School Districts, the University of Mississippi School of Education, Miskelly's Furniture, Oxford Park Commission, Primos Cafe & Bakeshop and Specialty Orthopedic Group.

Contact Information

Should you have questions or concerns about the registration process, please contact Mary W. Leach, Director of the Office of Professional Development, Division of Outreach and Continuing Education, Post Office Box 1848, University, MS 38677-1848, 662-915-7847 or at mleach@olemiss.edu.

Should you have questions or concerns about fellowship requirements or schedule, please contact Dr. Hunter Taylor, Clinical Assistant Professor, 662-915-2163 or at hataylo4@go.olemiss.edu.