Scotty Fletcher is entering his second season as the head coach of the Pearl River Community College women's basketball program, and his 10th season in college coaching.
Fletcher, 33, a graduate of Petal High School, was a member of the PRCC state championship men's basketball team in 2002-03 under Coach Richard Mathis.
Prior to coming to Pearl River, Fletcher served as assistant men's basketball coach under Steve Knight and head junior varsity men's coach at William Carey University. He also teaches English as an adjunct professor at PRCC's Forrest County Center in Hattiesburg.
Fletcher earned his bachelor's degree in Health, Physical Education and Recreation with a minor in English from WCU in 2007. He then completed his Master's Degree in Education from WCU in 2009.
Fletcher played his final two collegiate seasons at Carey from 2005-07. As a senior, Fletcher started all 30 games and averaged 9.4 points per game and led the team with 66 3-point baskets. After his season at PRCC, he transferred to Spring Hill College to play his sophomore season.
His coaching career began in the fall of 2007 as a graduate assistant at Ole Miss under Andy Kennedy. In his one season in Oxford, Fletcher helped guide the Rebels to a 24-11 record and Final Four appearance in the NIT, where the Rebels lost to Ohio State in the semifinals at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Fletcher then returned to WCU for one season (2008-09). During his first stint with the Crusaders, he helped Carey post its first win over a Division I program with a victory over Louisiana-Monroe.
In 2009, Fletcher took a position as an assistant coach for former Southern Miss coach James Green at Jacksonville State (Ala.) from 2009-2011. In his first season at Jacksonville, the Gamecocks made their first appearance in the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament in five seasons. At the time, he was the youngest assistant in the OVC and among the youngest recruiters in all of Division I.
When Fletcher returned to Carey in 2011, the Crusaders had finished last in the Southern States Conference, but in his four seasons as Knight’s top assistant, Carey was 74-20 and earned back-to-back trips to the NAIA National Tournament in Kansas City, Mo. In his first season back at Carey, the Crusaders finished 23-8 after Fletcher helped Carey sign seven Division I prospects.
In 2013-14, the Crusaders finished undefeated in SSAC play, going 21-0, including three victories in the SSAC Tournament to capture the tournament championship.
As a recruiter, he signed seven players who were All-SSAC, and four who were named NAIA All-America, including first-team selections Jeremiah Dunnings, Donte Pittman and former PRCC standout Daron Bell.
Pearl River Community College has completed its coaching staff in women’s basketball for the 2017-18 season, naming former UAB standout Chelsee Black to fill the position.
Black, 23, replaces Kelvin Nixon, who moved to Jones County Junior College to become a men’s basketball assistant.
Black is a native of Birmingham, Ala. who graduated from Bessemer City High School. She played all four seasons at UAB, earning a spot in the starting lineup as a sophomore and serving as captain her last three seasons with the Blazers.
UAB had winning records all four years she was there, and she earned second-team All-Conference USA honors as a senior in 2015-16. She completed her career with 1,852 points, putting her 16th on the school’s all-time scoring list.
Black graduated from UAB in 2016 with a degree in communication studies with minors in psychology and health education. She served as a girls assistant basketball coach at Bessemer City in 2016-17.
Joanna Ortiz is the latest addition to the Lady Wildcat family, coming to PRCC as an assistant coach.
Ortiz, 29, is a native of Chicago, Ill., where she graduated from John Marshall High in 2006. She attended Allen County Community College in Kansas for two seasons, where she was an honorable mention All-Jayhawk Conference selection as a sophomore in 2008.
She went on to play two seasons at Bethel University in Tennessee, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education in 2010.
After several years in the work force, she returned to Bethel as a graduate assistant, where she served two seasons while working on her master’s degree in PE.