Sherika Nelson - Head Coach / Women's Athletic Director
At the institution where she began her teaching and coaching career, Sherika Nelson enters her twelfth season as the head women’s basketball coach and women’s athletic coordinator for Flower Mound High School.
In ten seasons as head coach, Nelson has led the Lady Jaguars to six Bi-District Championships, one District Championship, and the programs first ever Regional Championship and State Tournament appearance. In 2013, Nelson was named District 5-5A Coach of the Year as she led the Lady Jags to a Bi-District Championship. In 2015, Nelson led the Flower Mound Lady Jaguars to an historic season.
The Lady Jags posted a 28-8 record, which marked the school’s most victories in a season, claimed the school’s first Regional Championship, and advanced to the State Tournament for the first time in school history. Last year, Nelson recorded her 200th career win when the Lady Jags defeated Cleburne 51-29 in the Mansfield Spring Creek Tournament. During her ten seasons as the leader of the Flower Mound Girls’ Basketball program, Nelson has amassed an overall record of 207-123.
Nelson, who will begin her 19th season overall at Flower Mound High School, is just the third head coach in program history. During her first seven years as a varsity assistant, she helped lead the Lady Jags to their first Regional Semi-Finals finish in 2004, and their first District title in 2005.
Nelson coached Flower Mound’s most prominent player, Lauren Cox (2013-2016), throughout all four years of high school. Cox set a record almost every time she stepped on the court and she currently holds eight of the Lady Jags basketball records. Some of Cox’s major accomplishments include being named two time Gatorade Texas Player of the Year, McDonald’s All-American, WBCA National Player of the Year, TGCA 5-6A Athlete of the Year, and four time USA Gold Medalist.
In addition to standout, Lauren Cox, Nelson coached two additional 1st Team All-State Players, Ashley Deary (2010-2013) and Dionne Marsh (2001-2004). Under Nelson’s direction, sixteen players have gone on to play college basketball.
Nelson was a highly touted player for Aubrey High School and later for Marcus High School (95). While at Marcus, she lettered in basketball, tennis, and softball. Her accomplishments in basketball include being selected 1st team All-District, Newcomer of the Year, Best Offensive Player, Area MVP, and 1st Team All-State. Nelson finished her high school career with 1,704 career points and 1,031 assists.
She went on to excel at the University of Texas at San Antonio where she holds the record for the most 3- pointers made in a half (6). She led her team in 3 point attempts, 3-pointers made, and 3-point percentage. Nelson also led her team in steals, assists, and points scored while accumulating a number of career and single season records.
She finished her playing career at the University of North Texas and completed her degree in Kinesiology and Health. She enjoys traveling, collecting sports memorabilia and spending time with her niece, Natalie.
Danny Gillham - Varsity Assistant
This is Coach Gillham's 9th year coaching at Flower Mound High School. In 2018 he was named Assistant Coach of the Year by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches. He also was recognized that season as the 5A/6A Sub-Varsity Coach of the Year by the Texas Girls Coaches Association.
His first three years at FMHS he also coached the junior varsity, amassing a 50-23 record. In the 2013-14 season, the Lady Jags JV had the best district record at 13-3. Before his time at Flower Mound, Coach Gillham previously coached at Joshua High School for five years, where he was the girls’ basketball varsity head coach for two seasons. He is a 2001 graduate of Brock High School, where he lettered in basketball, baseball, and golf. His senior year, the basketball team went 33-3 and was the Class 1A State Semi-Finalists. The baseball team went 32-3 and reached the state championship game.
Coach Gillham is a 2005 TCU graduate, where he earned a degree in broadcast journalism. In college he interned at ESPN Radio, and was the sports editor for the TCU Daily Skiff and the sports director for TCU News Now. He received awards in college from the Texas Society of Professional Journalists, the Lone Star Emmys, and the Baseball Writers Association of America. Coach Gillham worked in Dallas/Fort Worth media for three years, last serving as an assistant producer for KDFW Fox 4 News, before switching careers into coaching. He and his wife Laura have been married for 11 years. They have two daughters – Hailey and Hannah.
Sarah Blair - Junior Varsity
This is Coach Blair's first year at Flower Mound High School and her 8th year of coaching and teaching. She coaches both Basketball and Softball while teaching Geometry. Coach Blair graduated from Texas A&M-Commerce in 2013 where she played three years of basketball for the Lions. While at TAMU-C she earned her degree in Computer Information Systems. Before transferring to TAMU-C she played basketball for Kansas Wesleyan University.
Coach Blair is joining us from JJ Pearce High School in Richardson, Texas. At JJP She coached Freshmen, JV, and her last 3 years as Varsity Assistant. While a varsity assistant at JJP she helped lead the varsity to 3 straight years of playoff appearances, which was a record for girls basketball. She also worked 3 years as the JV Softball coach where she also assisted the varsity to two second round appearances in playoffs. Before JJ Pearce, Coach Blair coached Basketball, Volleyball, and Track/Field for Woodville High School for two years. At Woodville girls basketball competed in playoffs as did volleyball and Coach Blair had several track and field athletes compete at the Regional level.
When not coaching or teaching, Coach Blair enjoys working on her house with her sister, playing games with her seven nieces and nephews, and enjoying lake time with her family.
Eiji Davis - Freshmen A
This is Coach Davis’s fourth year as a Jaguar! He teaches Geometry and coaches both girls’ volleyball and basketball. Coach Davis attended Keller Central High School where he played varsity basketball for 3 years. At his time at Central, he was a starter, captain, and was named a member of 2nd team All-District and the MVP for his team. Coach Davis went on to play collegiate basketball at Texas Wesleyan University before transferring to UNT in Denton. Coach Davis is married to his high school sweetheart, Kristen, and they have 2 sons named Jett and Nash. He feels right at home here at Flower Mound and both he and his family love being part of Jag Nation!
Alison Baird - Freshmen B
This is Coach Baird’s 8th year at Flower Mound High School. Along with coaching the Freshman B Basketball team, she is also the Varsity Co-Head Softball coach. She grew up in Flower Mound and graduated from Flower Mound High School in 2008 where she played softball all four years of high school. After high school, she was blessed enough to receive a scholarship to play softball at Northeast Texas Community College. After two years, she transferred to the University of North Texas and graduated with a B.A. in English Language Arts and minored in Secondary Education. While at North Texas, she began her coaching career in the select softball world, worked as a waitress, and was in a sorority. Coach Baird loves being around family and friends, watching movies, reading, cooking, and being active! She is incredibly thankful for the support from her husband, family, and friends to continue her dream job and she is so excited to continue her journey with the Jaguar family!