COACHES

Sherika Nelson - Head Coach / Women's Athletic Director

At the institution where she began her teaching and coaching career, Sherika Nelson enters her eleventh 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 18th 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 fourth year coaching at Flower Mound High School.  The previous three seasons 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 will be quick to let you know that he is a 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 seven years. They have two daughters – Hailey and Hannah. 

Mallory Singleton - Junior Varsity

Coach Singleton is entering her 3rd season at her alma mater and begins her 2nd season as the junior varsity coach.  Last season, the Lady Jags JV finished the year with an overall record of 20-5 and a 1st place finish at the Future Stars of the Hardwood tournament.  In addition to basketball, Coach Singleton also coaches JV softball and teaches Accounting I & II. 
A graduate of the class of 2010, she played 4 years of varsity basketball, 3 of which were under Coach Nelson.  She was named 1st team all-district in both her junior and senior seasons and finished her high school career with 1,124 points (4th in program history), 761 rebounds and 161 blocks.  She went on to continue her basketball career at Southern Methodist University, where she helped lead her team to a conference championship her junior season and back to back appearances in the WNIT her junior and senior seasons.  After completing degrees in and Accounting and Economics, Coach Singleton worked as a graduate assistant coach for the SMU Women’s basketball team while she completed her Master’s in Accounting.  Upon graduation, Coach Singleton returned to Flower Mound to begin her high school coaching career.  In her free time, some of her hobbies include Crossfit, paddle boarding and spending time with her little sister, Macey.       

Alison Baird - Freshmen B

This is Coach Baird’s fourth year at Flower Mound High School. Along with coaching the Freshmen B Basketball team, she is also the Varsity Assistant 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 Burkhardt loves being around family and friends, watching movies, reading, and playing sports! She is so excited to continue her journey with the Jaguar family! 

 

Eiji Davis - Freshmen A 

This is Coach Davis’s first year as a Jaguar! He is teaching Geometry and coaching 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, where he majored in Kinesiology. Coach Davis is married to his high school sweetheart, Kristen, and they have a son named Jett that will be 2 in October. He already feels right at home here at Flower Mound and both he and his family are excited to be part of Jag Nation!