North Santa Rosa

Ivey Moves Up Coaching Ranks

Jessie Ivey, former Jay High School and UWF basketball standout, has accepted an assistant coaching job at Bowling Green State University. Jessie graduated from Jay High School in 2005 and then went to UWF to play collegiate basketball. When she graduated from UWF, she stayed on as an assistant coach for the women’s basketball team. Coaching at the college level has always been Ivey’s goal and UWF allowed her to do that, while also staying close to home and friends and family.

“The decision to leave my friends, family and home was a difficult one to say the least,” Ivey stated,” Ivey stated. The pull of family and friends shows just what type of person the former Royal is.

“Jessie has one of the greatest work ethics of any student athlete I have ever coached,” stated Becky Holley, Ivey’s former JHS Lady Royals head coach,  where Ivey scored over 1,000 points in her career and won a district championship. “She was the type of player I could tell what to work on whether in the weight room or gym and leave and know it would be completed.”

Even though Ivey will be off to Bowling Green, she is grateful for her time at JHS and UWF. “…The continual outreach of support and love has been enormous, leaving me completely overwhelmed with gratitude. I’m very excited for this opportunity with Bowling Green State University. I look forward to being a great advocate for my hometown and the chance to represent the Jay Royal way in Ohio.” stated Ivey.

At every level through her playing days at Jay High School to her years at UWF, Ivey has represented herself and our community in a positive and cheerful way. She is an excellent role model and an example of what is right in the coaching profession.

“I am so proud of her accomplishments,” stated Holley. All of Jay shares  Coach Holley’s sentiments and wish nothing but the best for Ivey. Go Falcons!

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