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.
Emily Hector serves as an adjunct instructor for the Division of Arts and Humanities and the coach of the Drover Dancers, USAO’s spirit team. She took over as coach in 2010.
In addition to teaching, coaching and being a choreographer for USAO, Hector coaches Chickasha High School Pom, is a dance instructor for Sunny Patch Daycare, is the movement coordinator for Grand Spirit Squad and owns and teaches at her own dance studio, Love to Dance. She founded her studio in 2008 on her ongoing passion for the arts and her enjoyment of working with children.
Hector holds an Oklahoma teaching license in dance and has performed with Shoji Tabuchi in Branson, Celebrity Cruises in the Pacific touring Australia and New Zealand, the OKC Yard Dawgz and “Fixin’ to Rain” in Tennessee.
On a separate note, she was the youngest female to solo an airplane in the United States and holds a private pilot’s license.
Chris Basco is the Director of Health Services at USAO and serves as the Athletic Trainer. He has been a member of the USAO staff since 2010.
Basco is a member of the Student Services team at USAO. The Student Services Office is responsible for housing, career services, counseling services, disability services, health services, orientation, recreation, student development and security.
Tommy Hubbard graduated from USAO in spring 2007 with a degree in business. He earned a master’s in sports administration in 2009.
During his time at USAO, he started for the Drovers for four years collecting 33 career goals for the Drovers. He helped lead the team to three consectutive Sooner Athletic Conference Tournament Championships and to the Regional Tournament for all four years.
Alexis Vizarelis is an Assistant Coach for the men's soccer teams. He has been with USAO's soccer program since it began in 1998, first as one of the school’s best goalkeepers and then as an assistant under Head Coach Jimmy Hampton.
While coaching at USAO, Vizarelis has helped develop players to become NAIA All-Americans and serves as recruiting coordinator and goalkeeper coach for the programs.
His goalkeeping ability and defensive philosophy is almost unprecedented. Hampton has said Vizarelis is one of the best goalkeepers he’s seen and someone who has made a difference coaching USAO goalies.
As a player, Vizarelis is one of the most decorated goalkeepers in USAO’s history. At one time, he has held every school goalkeeping record.
Vizarelis’ best overall season came in 1998 when he collected 202 saves, a 1.32 goals against average and 17 wins to go along with six shutouts. That year, he helped the Drovers to an 11-5 record in the team’s first season.
His final season, he allowed 27 goals on 168 shots against him while starting in nearly every game.
For his career (1998-2001) Vizarelis notched 21 shutouts, which is also a school record. He posted a 1.41 career goals against average.
In addition to his coaching position at USAO, he is currently the director of goalkeeping for the Oklahoma Football Club, the largest club in the state.
In February 2007, Vizarelis was inducted into the USAO Athletic Hall of Fame.
Vizarelis is a native of Chemsford, Essex, near London. He and his wife, former USAO basketball star Janice Corkery, live in Edmond. The couple has one son, Dimitri.
In a field dominated by men, Jessica Jackson brings a completely unique blend of arts perspective and creative muscle to her position in sports media at USAO.
An Oklahoma native, Jackson is the first female sports information coordinator at USAO. She began work in October 2009 — right in the middle of soccer season. You might see her running around snapping photos at games or helping coordinate various sporting events around campus. She also contributes to media projects, feature writing and admissions marketing.
Jackson graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2008 with a bachelor's degree in journalism.
Previously, she has been a news reporter for both The Oklahoman and the Stillwater NewsPress.
In her spare time, she loves baking, running triathlons, scrapbooking, reading and spending time with friends and family.