Jordan Dupuy begins his eighth season with the Lady Eagle basketball program, his fifth season as the associate head coach. His responsibilities include all aspects of the recruiting, assisting in basketball camps, on-the-floor coaching working primarily with the guards in skill development, scouting opponents and film breakdown.
Dupuy has been instrumental in helping the Lady Eagles record back-to-back 25-win seasons. His development of guard play has produced some of the top players in Conference USA which includes Jamierra Faulkner, Jerontay Clemons, Brooke Rhodes and Brittanny Dinkins.
He has produced a pair recruiting classes that ranked among the tops in the league. In his first season, the team accomplished another 20-win season. His duties include high school and junior college recruiting, game preparation and scouting, scheduling and monitoring academic progress.
Prior to coming to Southern Miss, Dupuy spent four years as a teacher and coach at the high school level, including the last two spent at Oak Grove High School. He taught government and economics and was an assistant coach for the boys' and girls' basketball teams and fastpitch softball at Oak Grove. During his tenure, he was instrumental in helping the girls' basketball team record their first 20-win season in several years.
Being no stranger to the Golden Eagle basketball programs, Dupuy worked with the Golden Eagle men's basketball program for six seasons as a manager, graduate assistant and director of basketball operations. As director of operations, his duties included travel, overseeing the managers, monitoring academic progress as well as assisting in film exchange and scouting.
The Baton Rouge, La., native received his bachelor's degree in coaching and sport administration in 2002 and a master's degree in 2003 from Southern Miss.
He is married to the former Elizabeth Goodson and the couple has two children, Alex and Madison.
Pauline Love is no stranger to the Southern Miss Lady Eagle basketball program. Love, who had an outstanding career as a player, begins her third season as a member of the coaching staff. Her responsibilities include all aspects of the recruiting, assisting in basketball camps, on-the-floor coaching working primarily with the post players in skill development, scouting opponents and film breakdown.
Love comes to Southern Miss following a one-year stint as an assistant coach at McNeese State where her duties included on campus and off campus recruiting, social media director in recruiting and marketing of Cowgirl basketball, assist in camps and clinics, scouting, skill development, on court coaching with both the posts and guards and any other duties needed.
Prior to joining the McNeese staff, Love went on to the next level following her collegiate career, playing for the WNBA's Connecticut Sun in 2010 and the Cote d'Opale Basket Calais professional team in France during the 2010-11 season.
While at Southern Miss, Love was a three-time, first team All-Conference USA performer as well as a three-time finalist for the Gillom Trophy, which recognizes the top women's collegiate basketball player in the state of Mississippi.
During her senior campaign with the Lady Eagles, Love averaged 18.3 ppg and 12.8 rpg. She also ranked second in the nation in both rebounds per game and double-doubles (21), as well as ranking 33rd in scoring.
Love guided the Lady Eagles to one postseason appearance during her tenure, in which they reached the round of 16 in the WNIT. She finished her playing career ranking in the Top 10 on the school charts in nine different categories, including second in rebounding average (11.1), third in rebounding (1,051), fourth in scoring average (16.6), fifth in field goals made (648) and field goals attempted (1,436), sixth in scoring (1,576) seventh in 3-point goals made (94) and attempted (307) and 10th in minutes played (3,188).
Love is a native of Luxora, Arkansas and spent three seasons at Southern Miss after a one year stint at Jones County Junior College.
Assistant Coach / Recruiting Coordinator
Alaura Sharp begins her third season with the Lady Eagle basketball program as associate head coach/recruiting coordinator. Her duties include all aspect of recruiting, assisting in scholarship management, on-the-floor coaching working with the post players, scouting opponents and film breakdown.
Sharp comes to Southern Miss following a four-year stint as the head coach at Garden City Community College where she turned the Lady Busters program into a top contender each year in the tough Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference and Region VI.
While at GCCC, Sharp guided the Lady Busters to their best record in school history at 29-4 in 2012-13 and ranked No. 13 in the NJCAA Polls. Her career coaching record at Garden City was 83-45 and had the highest winning percentage for all women's coaches. Sharp also produced an All-American player in Tamara Jones from Prosser, Washington over the last two years. Sharp was also named KJCCC Coach of the Year.
During her tenure at GCCC, her teams defeated 11 nationally ranked teams. She posted back-to-back 20-win seasons including the teams' best start at 15-0 during 2012-13. Her teams finished second in the Kansas Jayhawk Conference in 2012 and 2013 while finishing third in 2010. She was awarded the KJCCC Coach of the Year in 2010 while her teams advanced to the semifinals of the Region VI Tournament in 2012 and 2013.
"We're excited to have Alaura Sharp join our Lady Eagle coaching staff," McNelis said. "She brings a tremendous amount of experience, enthusiasm and energy to our program. She's gone through the ropes of being a player, a graduate assistant, an assistant coach and a head coach. She understands that it takes hard work and paying attention to detail to make the difference in winning and losing. She has a shared vision in making a difference in our players' lives, off the court as well as on the court and in the classroom. Her ability to work with players from all different backgrounds was impressive in discussing what her beliefs were in bringing together a team. She has been a great asset in our skill development this summer as well as impacted our recruiting."
Prior to coming Garden City, Sharp spent one season at Lamar Community College in Colorado after a two-year stint at Adams State University as an assistant coach.
Sharp graduated Magna Cum Laude from Southwest Minnesota State University with a bachelor's degree in physical education with a sports management concentration and minor in coaching. Prior to SMSU, she received her AA degree from Fort Scott Community College where she was a two-year letterwinner. She was named a Kansas Jayhawk Community College second team all-conference selection while averaging 14.0 points and 12.0 rebounds. She also earned NJCAA Academic All-American honors. Sharp concluded her collegiate career at Southwest Minnesota State where she led her team in steals at 3.5 per game.
Director of Basketball Operations
Jeff Stur begins his third season as Director of Basketball Operations for the Lady Eagle program. His duties include coordinating team travel, marketing, directing public relations and speaking events for the program, assisting with equipment, liaison for “The Wings”, coordinating the annual golf tournament and summer camps as well as assisting in monitoring the players’ academic progress.
Prior to coming to joining the Lady Eagle basketball staff, Stur spent the past eight years working in private business. During that time, he also worked with the Chicagoland Speedway as the director of communications and public relations manager.
Stur also served as public relations coordinator of the Chicago Storm for the 2004-05 season.
Stur earned his bachelor's degree in public relations with a minor in marketing from Marquette University in 2002.
Kaitlyn Schmid begins her first season as a graduate assistant coach with the Lady Eagle Basketball program.
Prior to coming to Southern Miss, Schmid was a standout basketball player at the University of the Sciences where she was a four-year letterwinner while setting a NCAA Division II record in assist-to-turnover ratio.
As a senior, Schmid handed out 136 assists while committing just 32 turnovers in 28 games, a whopping ratio of 4.25. That was the highest in all three NCAA divisions and broke the Division II mark of 4.09 setting a new record. She helped lead the Devils to a 20-8 record and the team’s first regional ranking since the 2006 season.
Joining the women’s program as a freshman in 2011-12, Schmid was one of only two seniors on this year’s squad to have played in every Devils game throughout their four year career. In her four seasons, Schmid dished out 334 assists, the sixth best total in program history. She has a career assist/turnover ratio of 1.92, the highest amongst any players in the history of the program and averaged 2.98 assists/game, eighth on the Devils all-time list.
Schmid graduated from the University of the Sciences in 2015 with honors, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. She is the daughter of Rick and Tammie Schmid.