girls basketball COACHING STAFF
Coach Candace Foster, a Jackson native, was a member of the Murrah High girls program that won 3 consecutive state championships. She continued her playing career at Mississippi State University earning 3 All SEC Academic Team selections and becoming a 2 time recipient of the SEC Community Service Team Award. Upon conclusion of her playing career, she served as a graduate assistant to Vic Schaefer’s staff. Candace currently holds both a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Master of Arts in Secondary Education from MSU. She becomes the head coach of the Lady Bulldogs after spending one season as an assistant under Stephanie Murphy.
Coach Jazzmine Church is entering her 4th year coaching and her third at Brandon High School. Coach Church has earned a Bachelors of Science in Mathematics at Dillard University and a Masters of Science in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from Jackson State University. She was a four year starter at Dillard University where she received many athletic and academic awards including: NAIA All-American, 3 Time All-Conference, 3 Time Team MVP, NAIA Academic Scholar Award, All LSWA Female Collegiate Athlete and Female Athlete of the Year. She also tallied more than 1500 points and 700 rebounds during her time at Dillard. Coach Church loves teaching life lessons through basketball and pushing players to their maximum potential on and off the court. She abides and teaches by the scripture Luke 12:48 “To whom much is given, much is required.”
Coach Jakiala McWilliams is a native of Philadelphia, Mississippi, finishing high school at Neshoba Central where she was a member of the girls basketball team. She furthered her academic and athletic career at East Central Community College where she earned her Associate Degree and was a member of the Lady Warrior basketball team. Coach McWilliams continued her athletic and academic career at the University of West Alabama where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education and Master’s Degree in School Counseling.
McWilliams began her coaching career as the Head 9th Grade and Varsity Assistant Coach at Meridian High School from 2015-2017. She also spent the 2017-2018 school year as the Head Middle School Girls Coach in Birmingham, AL, at Fairfield Preparatory School prior to joining the Lady Bulldog Basketball staff. McWilliams is beginning her 7th year of coaching and looks forward to the upcoming year as the Head 9th Grade Girls Basketball Coach at Brandon!