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.
Emily Hector Godwin 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, Godwin 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.
Godwin 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.
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.