Coach Kiley Hill's start with the Lady Eagles came during the 2016-2017 season.
In the 2017-18 season, Hill helped 10 players surpass their career-highs in season points, Jayla King join the 1,000-point club with 1,023 points, and Shonte Hailes lead Conference USA in assist to turnover ratio at 2.4 and also led in the 3-pt field goal percentage at 45.2%.
In his first season at Southern Miss, 2016-17, Hill helped the Lady Eagles return to the Conference USA Championship game for the third time in the previous four seasons. Hill's experience helped an under sized squad, nicknamed the Feisty Bunch, rank No. 11 nationally for total steals (370) and No. 20 for steals per game (10.9).
Hill came to Southern Miss following a 16-year stint as Head Women's Basketball Coach at Valdosta State where he compiled a 279-177 record. He established himself as one of the top Division II coaches in the nation and was recognized as the 2012 Women's Basketball Coaches Association's South Region Coach of the Year. He stacked that on top of being named the Gulf South Conference East Division's Coach of the Decade award. Hill has also garnered the GSC East Coach of the Year twice in his career.
Hill advanced to postseason play 14 times during his tenure at VSU. Ten out of his 16 teams ranked in the top 10 or no less than 25th in the nation in team defense. He had six teams win the Gulf South Conference Eastern Division or was runner-up. He averaged at least 19 wins over his last 10 seasons. Hill also coached three All-Americans, one GSC Female Athlete of the Year and 22 all-conference players. Not only did his teams perform well on the court, but off the court as his teams produced 28 all-academic accolades, two times named a WBCA Academic Honor Roll while boasting a team GPA of 3.0 or higher.
Hill joined the VSU staff in 2000 after one year as the head coach at the University of West Alabama. That was preceded by three seasons as the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at The University of West Alabama.
Hill played baseball at Arkansas Tech, graduating with a degree in math education in 1995. He was the women's basketball graduate assistant for two years under the legendary Joe Foley before moving to UWA where he earned his Masters in continuing education in 1997. A native of Hot Springs, Arkansas, Hill is married to the former Molly Longing of Russellville, Ark.,They have two children, Whitley (16), and Skyler (13).
Patosha Jeffery joined the Lady Eagles basketball staff as an assistant coach in the summer of 2018.
Jeffery, who played for Joye Lee-McNelis at Memphis from 1995-1997 is the founder of a girls' basketball performance development company called Patosha Jeffery Basketball. The company is dedicated to helping players understand basketball in order to play at a high level and possibly at the collegiate level. Since 2002, she has worked with girls basketball players as a coach or host of basketball training clinics, camps, leagues and exposure events. She is also the founder of Memphis Girls Basketball, a website focused on bringing awareness to the Memphis area player's performances and success.
At Memphis, Jeffery competed in two NCAA Tournaments with the Tigers in 1996 and 1997. She was also a member of the inaugural Conference USA Championship team in 1996 and Regular Season Conference USA Tri-Champions in 1997. She led the 1996-97 team in FT% at .790, shares the record for sophomore single game three-point FG% at .833 and is the fifth-most in single season three-point FG% with .405.
In 2016, Jeffery became the first women's basketball player to have her jersey retired at her alma mater, Hamilton High School, in Memphis, Tenn.
She has written four books for female basketball players: "Girls Basketball Beginners Guide", "101 Girls Basketball Motivational Quotes", "How to Increase Your Confidence in Girls Basketball", and "How to Become a Pure Shooter".
Jeffery earned her BBA in Management Information Systems from the University of Memphis in 1999 and graduated Magna Cum Laude.
Lauren Pittman returned to her alma mater as an Assistant Coach and Recruiting Coordinator in June of 2016.
In the 2017-18 season, Pittman helped 10 players surpass their career-highs in season points, Jayla King join the 1,000-point club with 1,023 points, and Shonte Hailes lead Conference USA in assist to turnover ratio at 2.4 and also led in the 3-pt field goal percentage at 45.2%.
In her first season back in Hattiesburg, Pittman assisted in the Lady Eagles return to the Conference USA Championship game for the third time in the previous four seasons. Brittanny Dinkins was named the C-USA Defensive Player of the Year, along with First Team and All-Defensive Team nods, Shonte Hailes made the All-Freshman team, the team won more than 20 games for the fifteenth time in program history and the Lady Eagles made the sixth WNIT appearance in program history.
Pittman came to Southern Miss following a one-year stint from 2015-2016 at Jones County Junior College where they finished with a 19-7 record that included wins against four nationally ranked opponents in helping the Lady Bobcats advanced to postseason play.
Prior to coaching at Jones, Pittman coached at Petal High School where she was responsible for the strength and conditioning program. She also assisted the head coach with practices, games, fundraisers, camps and clinics. Pittman also was a volunteer coach with the Southern Exposure, Inc. for two years from 2011-2013.
Pittman is from Clara and is a 2006 graduate of Wayne County High School. She played three seasons at Southern Miss from 2006-2007 and 2008-2011, where she was a member of the Conference USA All-Freshman Team in 2006-07. She received her BS degree in Sports Coaching from Southern Miss in 2014 with a minor in biological sciences. Pittman's parents are Frank and Priscilla Pittman of Clara. She has twin younger brothers, Scott and Blake. Blake is a graduate of Southern Miss, earning a BA and MS in Accounting.
“I am so excited to have one of our own to join our coaching staff,” McNelis said. “I have known Lauren since she was in the 10th grade. We were blessed to watch Lauren’s competitive play in a Lady Eagle uniform. Lauren understood our philosophy and knew that work ethic, positive attitude and passion for success is the foundation of Lady Eagle Basketball. Lauren has grown so much and it has been fun watching her become Coach Pittman. She impacted Petal High School, Jones County Junior College and many young people in our community as she coached a travel Team Southern Exposure. Coach Pittman loves Lady Eagle Basketball and Southern Miss. She ais a testimony of our program.”
“Since day one of my professional career I’ve had a goal of coaching at the place that impacted my life in multiple ways. Today, I am grateful for the opportunity that Coach McNelis and Mr. McGillis have provided me to help reach that goal. It is with sincere appreciate that I will give back to the University that has given so much to me. Because of my relationship with Coach McNelis and my playing experience here, I wholeheartedly believe in her vision for this program, and I am honored to be a part of helping accomplish it,” said Pittman. “I am a product of Lady Eagle Basketball, and I cannot wait to invest in the lives of our student-athletes.”
Greene became the Graduate Assistant for the women's basketball team in the 2017-18 season. She is studying Kinesiology with an emphasis in Sport Coaching at Southern Miss.
Born in Mililani, Hawaii, Greene came to Southern Miss after completing her undergrad at Shorter University in Rome, Ga, graduating Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Criminal Justice.
She played basketball for the Hawks during her time at Shorter, and was nominated as team captain her senior year. She also received the Lady Hawk Award, given to the player who is a great teammate on and off the court. She participated in the "So You Want to be a Coach" program in 2018. Greene also volunteered as a coach for Georgia Elite AAU 15-and-under team for two years.
Greene has three brothers: Keadrick, Joseph and Joseph Jr., as well as one sister, Breanna. She graduated from Houston County High School in Warner Robins, Ga.
Director of Basketball Operations
Drew Granger became the Director of Operations for the Lady Eagle Basketball program in July of 2016 after serving as a graduate assistant and intern in the Athletics Communications office for Golden Eagle Athletics.
While working for the Athletics Communications office, Granger assisted with a variety of responsibilities for several teams, including setting up the media area for basketball home games and helping run the postgame press conferences. He also gained valuable experience on the operations side working with the softball program, where he handled all travel for the team, filling out permission forms, meal vouchers, and was in charge of tracking receipts. He also served as the Voice of Southern Miss Softball. During the rest of his tenure in communications, he worked with both tennis programs, women’s soccer, baseball and football. A few of his duties included game-day setup, live stats, running postgame interviews, preseason media days, attending practices, working with local media, gathering quotes, setting up weekly interviews and working home games.
Granger graduated from Delta State, where he earned his bachelor’s in sports information with minors in journalism and HPER (Health, Physical Education and Recreation). He played four years of football for the Statesmen, winning the 2011 Gulf South Conference Championship, 2011 NCAA DII Regional Championship, and 2014 Gulf South Conference Championship.
Granger’s stepmom, Dee Pansano Granger, is a former Lady Eagle, and was part of the last recruiting class Joye Lee-McNelis was involved with when she was an assistant coach under Kay James.
Granger also earned his Masters in Sport Management from Southern Miss.