Head Coach at Christian Brothers University
Jessie Homesley was named the softball head coach at Christian Brothers University on June 30, 2017. Homesley becomes the seventh head coach in the program’s history.
“Coach Homesley was highly recommended by some of the most respected coaches in the Gulf South Conference,” said Summers. “Multiple coaches felt she is one of the bright young stars of the coaching profession and that CBU would be well served with her leading our program. With CBU in the midst of a capital campaign that will relocate and construct a new softball stadium, all while adding scholarship enhancements to allow softball to compete for GSC championships, I’m excited to see Coach Homesley build a top-level program of young women who achieve in the classroom and on the field.”
Homesley joins CBU after spending the past five seasons at Gulf South Conference rival Shorter University. She led the Hawks to a 28-23 record and was ranked as high as No. 7 in the South Region last year—her first as the program’s head coach.
Homesley brings extensive experience competing at the highest levels of NCAA Division II. Her four years as an assistant coach saw the program amass an 87-37 record, while winning the 2014 GSC regular season, 2015 GSC tournament, 2015 NCAA South Region, and 2014 National Christian College Athletic Association national championships. The 2015 squad finished 43-17 and placed third at the NCAA Division II World Series. She coached 11 All-Americans, 12 National Fastpitch Coaches Association scholar athletes, a GSC Freshman of the Year and a GSC Player of the Year.
Homesley is a graduate of Furman University where she earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration and played infield for the NCAA Division I Paladins. She earned all-conference honors as a shortstop her junior year and as a third baseman her senior year. She received a master’s degree in leadership from Shorter University.
Head Coach at Delta State University
Casey Bourgoyne-Charles is now in her 10th season as head coach of the Delta State softball program. Bourgoyne-Charles has posted a 236-250 mark in her tenure at DSU.
In 2017, she led the Lady Statesmen to the program’s first three-game sweep against Valdosta State University in school history. She earned her 100th win on University Field with Delta State’s 2-1 win against Union University on March 4. The Lady Statesmen finished the season 21-25 overall and 14-19 in GSC play.
In 2016, she guided the Lady Statesmen to one of their most successful seasons in school history. The Lady Statesmen went 34-20 last season, the most wins in a season since 2008 and the most wins of Charles’ career. Delta State’s 12-0 start in GSC play last season was the best since the Lady Statesmen won 11 straight in 2004. Charles also led Delta State to its first NFCA Top 25 ranking in school history, after the Lady Statesmen took two-of-three from then No. 3 Alabama Huntsville.
In 2014, Charles guided DSU to its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2002, Charles’ senior season. Delta State earned the No. 7 seed and posted a 1-2 record at the Tampa super regional, a win over Palm Beach Atlantic and two losses to No. 2 Tampa.
Under the leadership of Charles, Lady Statesmen have been named All-Gulf South Conference 23 different times and All-South Region on 11 occasions.
As one of the top shortstops in the Gulf South Conference from 1999-2002, Casey Bourgoyne-Charles made all the plays for the Lady Statesmen. As of July 1, 2008, the three-time All-GSC standout was hired upon to call them. Her hiring also had historical implications, as she became the first female head coach and the first former Lady Statesmen to lead the program in Delta State softball history.
After completing an outstanding four-year career with the Lady Statesmen, Bourgoyne-Charles began her coaching career as a graduate assistant for former coach David Kuhn in 2003. After two successful seasons as a graduate assistant, she moved to the University of North Alabama where she spent four seasons as the primary assistant to head coach Jeremy Reece.
While at UNA, the Lions posted a 136-82 record and returned to postseason play for the first time since 2000. In 2005, Bourgoyne-Charles helped guide UNA to a 36-20 finish and a trip to the GSC Tournament. One year later, North Alabama went 40-20 and advanced all the way to the NCAA South Region Tournament in Lakeland, Fla.
Bourgoyne-Charles finished her playing career at Delta State in 2002 after four years at shortstop. When the Walker, La., native put down the glove, she ranked first all-time in GSC history in assists and she also held the record for assists in a single season. She is also a member of a select club of Lady Statesmen who have been named to the All-GSC Team at least three times. In Delta State softball history, only six have accomplished the feat.
Head Coach at Mississippi College
Mississippi College head softball coach Brooke O’Hair enters her 12th season at the helm of the Lady Choctaws program. O’Hair brings an attitude of success to the program after a record-setting playing career at Mississippi State University as a four-year starter at second base and one year as the head coach at Pass Christian.
The Lady Choctaws, in their first full year of eligibility in Division II and the Gulf South Conference, won the GSC Tournament. The crowning moment came in an 18-5 win over UAH in the championship game with sophomore Kristen Qualls being named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player. It was the first GSC championship for a women’s program in school history and MC earned the program’s first-ever berth in the NCAA Division II Tournament. The Lady Choctaws would wrap up their season at 35-20 with a 22-10 mark in the league. Senior Tylan Buckley and Haley Thompson were joined by junior Katherine Lee and freshman Carly Crawford as All-GSC selections, while Buckley, Crawford and Lee also earned NFCA All-South Region nods. Qualls was joined by Crawford, senior Megan Everett, sophomore Adrianna Morgan and Thompson on the GSC All-Tournament Team. O’Hair also saw her team earn 2016-17 Easton / NFCA Division II All-Academic Team status with an over team GPA of 3.444. The Lady Choctaws also had 16 student-athletes named to the GSC Academic Honor Roll, while Lee earned All-Academic team honors.
The 2016 season was one for the record books as the MC softball program won the first national championship for a women’s team in school history, claiming the NCCAA title in Roanoke, Va. with a 3-0 win over Belhaven. O’Hair led the Lady Choctaws to a new school record with 39 wins and was named the NCCAA National Coach of the Year.. MC also posted an 18-15 record in Gulf South Conference play, winning 11 straight league games in the middle of the schedule. Senior pitcher Carlie Sargent was the recipient of the NCCAA Game Plan 4 LIFE Character Award, recognizing the top player in the NCCAA for athletic, academic and community accomplishments. Sargent and freshman Kristen Qualls were named NCCAA All-Americans, while junior Tylan Buckley joined the teammates on the All-Region Team. Qualls was also named to the NFCA All-South Region Team.
The 2015 season saw the Lady Choctaws advance to the semi-finals of the NCCAA World Series in Botetourt County, Va. MC went 30-24, including a 14-15 mark in their first year back in Division II and the Gulf South Conference. The Lady Choctaws won GSC series with Christian Brothers, Union, West Georgia and West Alabama. Senior Shay Mickens was named an NCCAA All-American, while senior Brooke Smitherman, junior Carlie Sargent and sophomore Megan Everett joined Mickens on the NCCAA All-MidEast Region Teams.
As a standout at Mississippi State, O’Hair earned SEC All-academic honors all four years while also starting all four years for the Lady Bulldogs. She was a part of the winningest class of players ever to play at Mississippi State reaching the SEC Tournament four times. The Lady Bulldogs also reached an NCAA Regional in three seasons.
After completing her playing career, O’Hair spent one year as student assistant (2004) in which Mississippi State again reached the SEC Tournament and an NCAA Regional. Coach O’Hair earned her Bachelor of Science degree in physical education. She is married to Tony O’Hair and they have two children, Sydney and Cooper.