Presbyterian College has made two recent hirings in women’s athletics.
Women’s basketball coach Alaura Sharp announced the hiring of Mercedes Jorge as director of basketball operations.
Jorge comes to PC after two seasons as a graduate assistant at Georgia State. During the 2018-19 season, under new head coach Gene Hill, she contributed to the team’s turnaround that saw GSU record the most overall wins (17) since 2003-04 and the most Sun Belt Conference wins (11) since joining the league in 2013. The Panthers also ended the season with an appearance in the Women’s Basketball Invitational.
“I am extremely thankful to be adding Mercedes Jorge to our staff,” Coach Sharp said. “We are excited about the new position and feel like she is a great fit. She brings great energy and is motivated to learn and grow in the business. Mercedes will be a tremendous role model for our players and is a great addition to our PC family.”
A native of Orlando, Fla., Jorge played three seasons of basketball at Embry-Riddle (in Daytona Beach, Fla.) after one season at Indian River State Community College. She averaged double-digit scoring at Embry-Riddle and earned both an All-Academic and All-Conference selection from the Sun Conference. She started 79 career games and averaged over 30 minutes per game all three seasons. Jorge was a talented rebounder as well, posting 8.1 per game during her time with the Eagles. She played her prep years at Lake Mary High in Orlando, averaging 15 points and 10 boards per game as a senior, where she helped the Rams win four district titles and three conference titles.
“I am beyond excited to be joining the staff at PC,” Jorge said. “As soon as I stepped on campus, it already felt like home and everyone I meet makes me feel so welcomed. I am very grateful to Coach Sharp for believing in me and for giving me the opportunity to advance my coaching career, learn from her and this staff, as well as be a part of the awesome culture she has built at PC in such a short time. Her vision for this program and passion to positively impact those around her is something I truly believe in and can’t wait to be around every day. I’m looking forward to doing my part in helping us reach our goals.”
Softball coach David Williams announced the hiring of Mikayla Cooper as assistant coach. Her primary duties include working with the team’s catchers and assisting with infield/hitting.
Cooper comes to PC after one season as an assistant coach at Chadron (Neb.) State College, where she assisted in raising the team’s batting average, runs, hits, doubles, on-base percentage and fielding percentage from the previous season.
“We are very excited about the addition of Mikayla to our program,” Coach Williams said. “Her experience as a player, having started at a different position each year of college, gives her the versatility to assist our team in many areas. She possesses a winning mentality that stems from her success as a player, and she has already built the necessary foundation needed to develop players through her experiences as a coach. I look forward to Mikayla’s arrival and the contributions she will make to the program.”
Cooper was a standout player at Ohio University from 2015-18, starting 221 of 223 games. The Bobcats advanced to the Mid-American Conference Tournament finals three consecutive seasons, 2016-18, with Cooper starting at first and leading off for the 2018 MAC Tournament champions. Her senior season, Ohio also won the MAC regular season title. She earned All-MAC First Team honors her junior and senior seasons as well as All-Tournament honors in 2016. Cooper was an impact player on the 2017 team that won a program record 42 games.
The native of Delaware, Ohio, graduated from Ohio in 2018 with a degree in recreation management and minors in business administration and coaching education. She is currently working on a masters degree in sports management from Chadron State.