JAZMINE POWERS | ASSISTANT COACH
After spending one season as the head coach at Birmingham's Cornerstone High School, Jazmine Powers returns for a second stint as an assistant women's basketball coach at Samford.
"I'm really excited to welcome Jazz back to our Samford women's basketball family," Morris said. "She has a great eye for talent and a good feel for the game. She also knows what it takes to be successful at Samford, on and off the court. Also, her outstanding character lends itself to close mentoring relationships with our players.
In her one season as the head coach at Cornerstone, Powers' team showed significant improvement, posting a record of 15-10 and tying for the area title. The winning record marked the first for the young program.
Prior to her stint at Cornerstone, Powers spent three seasons as an assistant coach at Samford.
She joined the Samford coaching staff for the 2012-13 season, and in her first season on the staff, Powers handled all aspects of the team's road trips, including lodging and meals. She also worked with the strength and conditioning coaches on coordinating the team's strength and conditioning program.
She earned a promotion following her first season with the program. In her new position, she was involved in all aspects of the program, including recruiting and on the court coaching.
Powers played four seasons for the Bulldogs, serving as a point guard prior to getting into coaching. She finished her playing career ranking seventh in school history in games played (122) and ninth in assists (187).
Powers was a key member of two teams that won Southern Conference Tournament titles, and earned NCAA Tournament bids. Overall, she helped the Bulldogs to the program's first three national postseason tournament bids, as the Bulldogs earned a bid to the WNIT following her sophomore season in 2010.
In addition to her accomplishments on the court, Powers performed well in the classroom as well. She was named to the SoCon's Academic Honor Roll in each of the last three years, and she was a three-time member of the school's Dean's List as well.
Powers, a native of Decatur, Ala., graduated Cum Laude with a degree in family studies and child development education from Samford in the spring of 2012.
RUTH KETCHAM | ASSISTANT COACH
Ruth Ketcham begins her fourth season as an assistant coach on the Samford women’s basketball staff.
Ketcham is involved in all aspects of the women’s basketball program, including on-court coaching and recruting.
In her first two seasons, in addition to her coaching duties, Ketcham handled all aspects of the team’s road trips, including lodging and meals. She also works with the strength and conditioning staff to coordinate the team’s strength and conditioning program.
Ketcham came to Samford after spending the 2012-13 season as a graduate assistant at Louisiana State University. At LSU, she assisted in all travel preparations. She was also in charge of the team’s managers, and she oversaw and conducted study hall while on the road. Ketcham also assisted with team camp preparation and served as the contact for local high school coaches.
Ketcham played two seasons at Samford, starting at guard for the Bulldogs in both the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons. In her two seasons as a starter, Ketcham helped lead the Bulldogs to back-to-back Southern Conference Tournament titles and NCAA Tournament bids.
As a senior, Ketcham ranked second on the team in rebounding (4.2 rpg.) and assists (1.9 apg.), and tied for second in scoring (8.8 ppg.). In her two seasons as a starter, Ketcham played in all 66 games the team played, starting 65 of those contests.
Before transferring to Samford, Ketcham played one season at Auburn University. During her season with the Tigers, she earned the Top Tiger Award, given to student-athletes with a GPA above 3.0. She was also named to the SEC’s Freshman Academic Honor Roll.
Ketcham, a native of Birmingham and graduate of Briarwood Christian School, earned her bachelor’s degree in sports administration from Samford in 2012.
SALLY HIGGINS | ASSISTANT COACH
Sally Higgins begins her first season as an assistant women's basketball coach at Samford.
Higgins will be involved in all areas of the program. In addition to her coaching duties, she will handle all aspects of the team's road trips, including lodging and meals. She will also assist Morris with the day-to-day running of the women's basketball program.
"We are very excited to add Sally to our basketball staff," Morris said. "Sally brings exactly what we are looking for to complete our staff. She has a true heart for the student-athlete and a servant's mentality."
Higgins comes to Samford after serving as the director of basketball operations at Stephen F. Austin since the summer of 2015. At Stephen F. Austin, she was involved with nearly all facets of the women's basketball program, including team travel, scheduling, on-campus recruiting visits and equipment management, as well as assisting with the day-to-day functions of the office.
Higgins played basketball at West Texas A&M from 2010-14, appearing in 109 games in her four-year career. She made 35 appearances during her senior season in 2013-14, averaging 19.0 minutes, 6.0 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game while shooting 50.0 percent from the field.
As a senior, Higgins helped her team compile an impressive 32-3 record and advance to the 2014 NCAA Division II National Championship game. She scored six points on a perfect 3-of-3 shooting in the title game but her team narrowly fell to Bentley.
A native of San Angelo, Texas, Higgins graduated from West Texas A&M in May of 2014 with a degree in corporate communication. She also spent eight months in a seminary program called the Kanakuk Institute in Branson, Missouri.
AMAYA MAYERS | GRADUATE MANAGER