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Women's Basketball Coaching Staff

Mary "Roonie" Scovel

Head Women's Basketball Coach

Mary “Roonie” Scovel will enter her 21st season as Head Coach and 22 years as an employee at Gulf Coast State College. During the 2017-18 season, Coach Scovel lead the Lady Commodores to a 28-4 record, 17th Conference Championship, 12th Region Championship and a fourth place finish in the NJCAA National Championship. In 2016-17, Coach Scovel guided the Lady Commodores to a 342 record and its 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 575-77 (0.882%) entering the 2018-2019 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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paige McCallum

Assistant Coach

 

Paige McCallum enters her fourth season with the Lady Commodores Basketball program as an Assistant Coach.

 

Coach McCallum is no stranger to the Lady Commodores family, having played for the Legendary Coach Scovel in 2008-09 and 2009-10. During her two seasons at Gulf Coast, Coach McCallum earned All Panhandle Conference Second Team in both the 2009 and 2010 seasons. She helped lead the Lady Commodores to an NJCAA National Championship in 2010 closing out the season with a 32–1 record. After graduating from GCCC in 2010 with an Associates in Arts Degree, Coach McCallum continued her basketball career at UNCC. She played under Coach Karen Ashton for two seasons where her love for the game continued to grow. Coach McCallum earned her Bachelor's Degree in Liberal Arts from UNCC in 2014.

 

In 2015 Coach McCallum returned to her Junior College Alma Mater to begin an internship under Coach Scovel. It is at GCSC that Coach McCallum learned that coaching is her passion and dedicated herself to the Lady Commodores. During the 2015-16 season, she helped lead the Lady Commodores to a Panhandle Conference, Region VIII State, and NJCAA National Championship ending the season with a 32-1 record. With the continued guidance of Coach Scovel and Coach Hicks, Coach McCallum showed immense growth in her dedication to the Lady Commodore’s program. During the 2016-17 season, Coach McCallum was vital in leading the Lady Commodores to their first ever back-to-back Panhandle Conference, Region VIII State and NJCAA National Championship ending the season with a stellar 34-2 record.  During the 2017-18 season she played a key role in the Lady Commodores clenching both Panhandle Conference and Region VIII State tournament championships. and placing 4th at the NJCAA National Championship ending the season with a 28-4 record.

 

Coach McCallum starts her Assistant Coach career with a stellar 94-7 record. She is humbled, honored, and excited to begin this new chapter of her career.

 

Coach McCallum credits much of her success to Coach Roonie Scovel & Coach Grover Hicks. She would like to thank them for always pushing her to be the best version of herself & for always believing in her.


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

 

 

 

JoAnne Booker

Assistant Coach

JoAnne Booker enters her first season with the Lady Commodores Basketball program as an Assistant Coach.

 

Coach Booker was a two sport Gulf Coast Student Athlete.  During the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons, Coach Booker played on the Lady Commodores Softball team.  After her two years of eligibility with the softball program, Coach Booker joined the Lady Commodores Basketball team for two seasons.  Coach Booker was on the 2016 NJCAA Women’s Basketball National Championship team.  In 2018, Coach Booker graduated from Gulf Coast State College with her Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Management.

 

During her four years at Arnold High School in Panama City Beach, FL, Coach Booker was a multi-sport athlete and the only female athlete to letter in three sports all four years.  She earned All County in Volleyball, Basketball and Softball all for years.  She also earned All State honors in Basketball and Softball. 

 

Phone: 850.769.1551 ext. 3277
Email: jbooker@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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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