Women's Basketball Coaching Staff

Mary "Roonie" Scovel

Head Women's Basketball Coach

Mary “Roonie” Scovel will enter her 20th season as head coach and 21 years as an employee at Gulf Coast State College. She guided the Lady Commodores to a 34-2 record and it's 16th Conference Championship, 11th Region Championship and 5th National Championship.  The Lady Commodores also won NJCAA National Championships in 2003 with a 35-0 record, 2008 with a 36-1 record. 2010 with a 32-1 record and 2016 with a 32-1 record. Gulf Coast is the first Florida junior college to win a national title in women’s basketball. Scovel’s career record at Gulf Coast is a sterling 547-73 (0.882%) entering the 2017-2018 season.

Scovel is a graduate from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education and a Master’s in Educational Leadership from the University of West Florida. She coached at Laurel Hill High School in the Florida Panhandle winning a state title in 1995 and finishing as state runner-up in 1996 before coming to Gulf Coast to rekindle the women’s program.

Phone: 850.769.1551 ext. 3532
Email: mscovel@gulfcoast.edu












Austin Mefford
Assistant Women's Basketball Coach

Austin Mefford will enter into his fifth season as Assistant Women's Basketball Coach at Gulf Coast State College.

A native of Kettering, OH, Mefford spent the past four seasons at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, SC as the Director of Women's Basketball Operations and Assistant Coach. His responsibilities during his time at CCU included: post season player developement, working with guards daily, scouting opponents, team camp director, scheduling workouts and practices. Mefford also acted as the program's video coordinator.

Mefford is a 2009 graduate of Coastal Carolina University where he earned a B.A. in Sports and Recreation Management with a minor in Mathematics. While a student at CCU, Mefford served as a student manager for the men's basketball program.

Mefford has also worked multiple basketball camps such as the Roy Williams Basketball Camp in Chapel Hill, NC, and Buzz Peterson Basketball Camp, Cliff Ellis Basketball Camp, and Alan LeForce Basketball Camp in Conway, SC. In addition, he served as the Cliff Ellis Basketball Camp director in 2009.

Phone: 850.769.1551 ext. 3277
Email: amefford@gulfcoast.edu




Grover Hicks

Volunteer Assistant Coach

Grover Hicks has been with the Lady Commodores since they brought the program back in 1996-97, coaching alongside Coach Scovel. He started coaching in 1965 in Perry, GA as the assistant boys coach and head junior varsity coach, winning the state championship his first year and finishing and regional runner-up the second.

Coach Hicks moved to the Florida Panhandle in 1967, taking over as the boys coach at Ruckel Junior High School in Niceville. In three years, the team won three straight county titles and had a 35-game winning streak. In 1970, he moved to Laurel Hill as head basketball coach and assistant principal. He coached there 10 years with the boys team, winning 6 district titles, 4 regional titles and one state championship. In 1980, he became the principal of the school and moved over to coach the girls team with Betty Howard. They captured four straight titles from 1981-1984, skipped two years and then won two more. The record of 6 state titles in 8 years is the standard by which high school programs are measured in Florida. Hicks hired Scovel to become the head coach at Laurel Hill in 1990 and was an assistant coach in 1995 and 1996 when Laurel Hill finished as state champs and state runner-up, respectively.





Paige McCallum

Volunteer Assistant Coach






















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