JONESBORO, AR (KAIT & A-State Athletics) - Matt Daniel completed his first staff as the leader of the Arkansas State women’s basketball pack. Every coach on the staff has a Natural State connection.
Nettleton alum Alexis Sharp was hired as the director of basketball operations. Former El Dorado head coach Destinee Rogers was tabbed as an assistant.
Alexis Sharp (Arkansas State Women’s Basketball Director of Operations)
Arkansas State women’s basketball head coach Matt Daniel announced Tuesday that Jonesboro native Alexis Sharp will be the Red Wolves Director of Operations.
“Lex has made a name for herself with her work ethic, both as a player and a coach,” said Daniel. “She understands the attention to detail we need to make this program run to match our vision and will be great running day-to-day operations. We are glad to have her back in Jonesboro.”
Sharp returns to her hometown after three seasons as an assistant coach at Ouachita Baptist University. During her time with Tigers, she was responsible for recruiting, equipment and travel operations, film exchange, scouting reports, academic progress and the strength and conditioning implementation. She helped the Tigers to two conference tournament appearances out of three seasons after the squad had missed postseason play in the two prior years. She also coached three Great American Conference All-Conference players and the league’s Elite Scholar Athlete.
“I’m excited to be back in Jonesboro,” said Sharp. “Coach Daniel is well respected in this community and in the basketball community itself and I’m thankful for the opportunity to learn alongside him and his staff. I look forward to seeing what the season will bring.”
The Nettleton graduate played all 109 games over four seasons at Ouachita Baptist. She averaged 2.5 points in 28 games her senior season. She finished her career with 304 points scored.
Sharp earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Kinesiology while minoring in Business Administration from Ouachita Baptist University in 2016.
Sharp joins Associate Head Coach Caronica Randle and Assistant Coach Aaron Holland on Daniel’s staff.
Destinee Rogers (Arkansas State women’s basketball assistant coach)
Arkansas State head women’s basketball coach Matt Daniel has announced the hire of Destinee Rogers as an assistant coach on his staff.
“Destinee was the first player that I signed as a head coach,” said Daniel. “She helped us turn Central Arkansas into a championship program and win a conference championship. Since then, she has been to two NCAA Tournaments as an assistant coach at her alma mater. She has most recently been a head coach in this state at the high school level.”
“Her ability to relate to players will be vital as she will continue to be an extension of me, just like her playing days. I am excited for her to be the final piece of the puzzle that will be a young and vibrant staff with the energy necessary to turn around another program.”
Rogers returns to the collegiate sideline after three seasons as head coach of the girls’ basketball program at El Dorado High School. In those three seasons, she guided the Wildcats to a 52-28 record. She led El Dorado to the state semifinals in her first season finishing with a 21-8 record on the year. She coached three all-state players and seven all-conference players while guiding her team to a 3.1 cumulative grade-point average.
“I’m excited to get back into college coaching working for Matt Daniel,” said Rogers. “I played for him at Central Arkansas, so I saw firsthand how his hard work and passion elevates programs to the next level. I’m so thankful to El Dorado and all of the support I’ve had there for three years, but I am looking forward to doing my part in achieving the ultimate goal which is championships.”
Following her playing career at UCA, Rogers spent four seasons on the bench for the Sugar Bears with one season as a graduate assistant (2012-13) and three more as an assistant coach (2013-16). In the 2015-16 season, Rogers helped guide the Sugar Bears to their first NCAA Tournament and a program record 28 wins, regular-season record 26 victories and Southland Conference program record win total of 16.
Rogers helped UCA to a record of 78-45 in her time as an assistant coach, including 45-18 in the last two seasons. She helped recruit and develop two Southland Conference Players of the Year, a Southland Conference Freshman of the Year and eight all-conference players.
A three-year starter at UCA, Rogers finished her playing career averaging 7.4 points, 3.2 assists and 2.3 rebounds per game with more than 100 3-point field goals to her credit. She helped UCA to the 2012 Southland Conference Championship and was the floor general when the program made its first Division I postseason appearances, hosting UAB in the 2011 WBI and traveling to Oklahoma State in the 2012 WNIT.
Rogers earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Health Sciences in 2012 and a Master of Science in Health Sciences in 2014.