Jimmy Hampton has steadily continued to shine as a leader / mentor / winner. Coach Hampton’s hard work and dedication to coaching and success has led the Drover men’s soccer team to some impressive NAIA ranks.
Before becoming USAO’s first soccer head coach, Hampton spent 10 seasons building championship-caliber teams at Chickasha High School. Before that, he coached three seasons at Tulsa Memorial. Since 1994, Hampton and the Fightin’ Chicks collected five state championships. His boys teams won back-to-back state championships in 1995-96, one in 1999 and another in 2002, while his girls won the 1998 class 4A girls crown.
In his 10 years at CHS, Hampton won nearly 90 percent of his games, and he ranks as one of the all-time winningest soccer coaches in Oklahoma prep history. He is one of the few soccer coaches in the southwest to obtain a national “A” coaching license from the United States Soccer Federation which is a credit the the quality of his coaching ability and techniques.
As a player, Hampton was successful at nearly every level. An all-state selection as a senior at Tulsa Union High School, Hampton played two seasons at Western Illinois University before transferring to Northeastern State University where he was team captain and earned all-conference honors as a senior. Hampton also played four years professionally for the Oklahoma City Warriors
and the Tulsa Roughnecks.
Hampton has been the Director of Girls Coaching for seven years and the Director of Boys Coaching for four years with the Oklahoma Football Club. He has led three teams to their respective national finals over the past four years.
Hampton and his wife, Kerri, have three children - Alexandria, Butch and Dax.
McPherson became USAO’s athletic director in 2002.
For the next 11 years, he served as both athletic director and head men's basketball coach before stepping down from basketball following the 2012-13 season.
Finishing up his 22nd season as head coach this year, McPherson collected 309 wins in his tenure. He earned his 300th in a January upset over No. 9 Rogers State. At the beginning of last season, he was the 22nd Winningest Active Coach in the NAIA.
In November of 2012, McPherson was inducted into the USAO Athletic Hall of Fame, and that same day, the USAO Fieldhouse floor was dedicated to him and renamed Brisco McPherson Court.
As head coach, McPherson took the Drovers to six NAIA National Championship tournament appearances, including back-to-back trips to the final game in the early 2000s. In 2002, the Drovers claimed the school’s only NAIA National Title.
He has won four conference Coach of the Year awards and holds school records for the best regular season (29-3) and most wins in a season (29), both set in the 2000-01 season. With him as coach, the Drovers have claimed four conference titles.
McPherson has been involved with the university nearly the entire 40 years of its athletic programs. Playing on the first men’s basketball team at the college, then the Oklahoma College of Liberal Arts, McPherson still ranks among the school’s all-time leaders in scoring, shooting percentage and rebounds. Additionally, he was the school’s second member of the 1,000-Point Club.
McPherson graduated from USAO in 1976 with bachelor’s degrees in sociology and psychology. He received his master’s degree in physical education from the University of Central Oklahoma in 1984.
Over the years, McPherson also coached men’s tennis for a short time. For 11 years before taking over as head coach, he was an assistant of the men’s basketball program at USAO. Only three of the last 40 years did McPherson spend away from the institution.
"It is high time that the ideal of success should be replaced by the ideal of service." - Albert Einstein
Mike Ross became USAO's head baseball coach in 2009.
Ross was an assistant coach at the university beginning in 2005 and was a student assistant from 2000-2002, both under the direction of long-time Head Coach L.J. Powell.
Ross began playing collegiate baseball in 1995 for Redlands Community College, where his team became conference and regional champions and finished fifth in the JUCO World Series. The following year, Ross moved to Graceland University, where he played for three seasons, two of which he served as team captain. He set the school record for saves in both the 1998 and 1999 seasons and was named All- Conference in 1999.
Ross had brief stints coaching a premier league summer team in Burkburnett, Texas, as assistant coach at Vernon College and as an assistant coach in the 2004 Junior Olympic trials before finding his way back to USAO, where he had been a 2002 graduate.
At USAO, Ross helped Powell turn the program around from one of the team’s worst years to the best school finish in 2007, something the university has continued to improve on since.
Ross has recruited and developed three pitchers who were later drafted to Major League Baseball.
He lives in Chickasha with his wife, Robyn, and their 2-year-old son, Brody.
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"Education is an ornament in prosperity and a refuge in adversity." -- Aristotle
Vinson Metcalf took the reins of the USAO men’s basketball program in May after nearly 15 seasons as an assistant for the Drovers.
Metcalf said he is more than happy to step into the shoes of long-time head coach Brisco McPherson, under whom he served for nearly a decade and a half. McPherson spent 22 seasons as the head coach.
Metcalf credits McPherson for preparing him to step into the high profile position by allowing him authority on the floor and guidance throughout his years at USAO.
With his history with the program, Metcalf doesn’t expect the transition to be challenging and describes his style of coaching as fast paced and full of action.
Metcalf has been instrumental in USAO’s rise to prominence both in the Sooner Athletic Conference and nationally as he helped the Drovers achieve back-to-back-to-back trips to the national tournament, highlighted by the university’s first-ever national championship in 2002 where the Drovers’ beat out Metcalf’s alma mater, Oklahoma Baptist.
With his help, the Drovers added three more national tournament appearances, including one just last season.
Metcalf’s tenure at USAO began in 1998, but after two years, he moved on for the assistant position at NCAA Division I Southern University in Baton Rouge, La. He returned to USAO in 2001.
Metcalf also was the assistant coach at Hill Junior College in the mid-90s.
He said he fell in love with coaching as a student assistant at Oklahoma Baptist University.
As standout high school player in his native Louisiana, Metcalf graduated from Airline High School, where he was a three-year starter and received All-City, All-Area and All-District honors.
Metcalf began his collegiate playing career at Hill Junior College in Hillboro, Texas, where he was a two-time All-Conference selection.
After his two years at HJC, he briefly attended the University of Idaho before settling USAO’s conference rival, Oklahoma Baptist. At OBU, he earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education in 1990.
Metcalf then entered graduate school at the University of Tulsa, where he trained under coaching legends J.D. Barnett and Tubby Smith. He graduated with his master’s degree in athletic administration in 1991.
With the transition, Metcalf will step down as director of intramurals at USAO. Additionally, his class load will be reduced from 13 hours to six hours.
He lives in Moore with his wife, Katrina. The couple has a daughter, Toccura, and a granddaughter, Talea.
Chris Francis is the assistant men's basketball coach at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma. He joined the Drovers in 2013.
Francis, a native of Cleora, Okla., spent a year as an assistant coach at LSU Shreveport, a Red River Athletic Conference school with a reputation for high-quality basketball, before coming to USAO. In the year he was there, the Pilots made an appearance in the semi-finals of the NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball National Championship in Kansas City, Mo.
Francis said he thought USAO was a perfect fit for him not only because it brought him closer to family and friends but also because of the type of coaches and athletes at the institution.
Not only does Francis have experience against members of the SAC, but he also has experience coaching against some of the schools entering the conference this season. Both Southwestern Assemblies of God and Texas Wesleyan play in the RRAC with LSUS.
Both Metcalf and Francis are interested in coaching a “run and gun” style of basketball, which isn’t what the SAC is traditionally known for.
Francis started his collegiate coaching career as a student assistant at Rogers State University in 2011-12 as the Hillcats made an appearance in the quarterfinals at the NAIA Division I National Championship. During his senior campaign in the 2011-12 season, he helped lead the Cats to their first appearance in the round of eight in the team’s second appearance at the national tournament.
Francis was one of the first signees to the Hillcat program. He ended his career with 800 points and became the all-time career record holder for games played (123), steals (139) and minutes played (2,498). Francis was one of four recipients of the Pattison Family Foundation Scholarship and was recognized as a Champion of Character.
Coach Jaydn Smith took over as head coach in 2012.
She is a former NCAA Division I athlete who played four years for Patty Gasso at the University of Oklahoma. After graduating from OU, Smith went back to her high school alma mater, Newcastle, where she served as an assistant for two years. She joins USAO directly from Sooner Athletic Conference rival Oklahoma Baptist, where she served as pitching coach.
In addition to her assistant coaching duties at OBU and previously at Newcastle, Smith has had a pitching and skills clinic for 40 athletes a week for the last four years.
She also has helped with the Josh Heupal ‘Day of Champions,’ where she has taught leadership skills and establishing trusting relationships since 2007.
Smith earned her bachelor’s degree in sociology from OU.
Just five years after he graduated from USAO, Sam Hayden is back as the assistant baseball coach and is eager to help the program continue to make a strong presence in one of the toughest conferences in the league.
Not only did he earn his bachelor’s degree from USAO, but also USAO provided him with his first coaching opportunity — something he immediately fell in love with. Hayden was a student assistant for the Drover baseball team in 2007 while he was finishing up his degree.
Before that, he caught for two years at Wayland Baptist and two years at Vernon College.
Hayden joins the Drovers from Sul Ross State University, where he served as the assistant baseball coach for two years. Prior to that position, he was the baseball assistant at the University of the Southwest.
Hayden earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education from USAO in 2007 and his master’s degree in health, physical education and recreation from Emporia State University in 2010.
Hayden is married to Jennifer Hayden, USAO’s head women’s basketball coach. Together, they have a daughter, Carlie.
Jennifer Hayden joined the USAO as the women's basketball head coach in June of 2012 and she began teaching physical ecuation classes in the fall of 2012.
Hayden comes to USAO directly from Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas. There, she recruited and coached the 2011-12 American Southwest Conference West Division Newcomer of the Year and had three NCAA Scholar-Athletes. Sul Ross is an NCAA Division III school.
Prior to joining the Lobo staff in 2010, Hayden spent two seasons starting a new program as the head women’s basketball coach at NAIA Division I University of the Southwest in Hobbs, N.M.
Her teams qualified for the Red River Conference Tournament both years she coached at USW. During her two seasons at USW, Hayden had a RRAC Player of the Year, a two-time NAIA All-America selection, six All-Conference selections and numerous student athletes recognized as scholar athletes by the conference as well as the NAIA.
Dedicated to the classroom as well as the basketball court, Hayden’s 2008-09 and 2009-10 teams were both recognized as NAIA Scholar Teams.
Before her time at the University of the Southwest, Hayden served as the assistant women’s basketball coach and director of student activities at Clarke College in Dubuque, Iowa.
She also served as a graduate assistant for athletic administration and sports information at West Texas A&M University and was the assistant women’s basketball coach at Oklahoma Panhandle State University after graduating from there.
Hayden was a physical education instructor at Sul Ross. She taught First Aid & CPR, Wellness & Fitness Assessment and Advanced Weight Lifting & Conditioning. She also was an Adjunct Faculty member from 2008-10 at the University of the Southwest, where she taught Administration of Physical Education & Sport and Accounting I.
Hayden graduated with her master’s of education in administration from West Texas A&M. She earned two bachelor’s degrees in accounting and business education from Oklahoma Panhandle University.
Hayden is married to Sam Hayden, who is the assistant baseball coach at the university. Together, they have a daughter, Carlie.
Already familiar with the Sooner Athletic Conference and NAIA women’s basketball, Leandra Johnson began her first assistant coaching position with USAO in 2011.
Johnson joined the Drovers after spending two years as a graduate assistant at Northwestern Oklahoma State. Before that, she played post for two seasons at Redland Community College and two seasons at NWOSU.
She is currently finishing her master's program while coaching at USAO. She graduated with a bachelor’s in health and sports science from Northwestern in 2009.