Tigers back in the gym in preparation for their first season in the American Athletic Conference.
As the 2013-14 Memphis athletics season approaches, the women's basketball team is already called in for their team photo day. During the shoot, we talked to Ariel Hearn and Mooriah Rowser about their summer workouts and the upcoming season in the new American Athletic Conference.
Jessica Bogia joined the Tigers' coaching staff in July of 2013. Bogia works with the Tigers' guards and brings a significant recruiting background with her to the Tigers' staff.
"Jessica brings with her a great background in recruiting and analyzing basketball talent, along with a significant national recruiting network. She already has recruiting contacts on the East Coast, in Ohio and in the Upper Midwest, including the Chicago area, all areas important in our recruiting plan here at the University of Memphis," McFerrin said.
Bogia was as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Eastern Illinois University for the 2012-13 season, helping the Panthers to an Ohio Valley co-championship and the WNIT Second Round. At EIU, she guided two Panthers' guards to first team all-conference honors and also served as the liaison between the academic department and the team.
She joined EIU after spending the 2011-12 season at the University at Buffalo as an assistant coach and the assistant recruiting coordinator. There, she coached the guards and guided Brittany Hedderson to Mid-American Conference first team honors. She also spent part of 2011 as the head coach of the Philadelphia Belles 13U Team.
Prior to her assistant position at Buffalo, Bogia served as the head women's basketball coach at Keystone College from 2008-10. Under her guidance, the team doubled their win totals in her first season. Her first head coaching job came on the heels of a one season stint at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy from 2007-08, where she served as an assistant coach and as the department's marketing director. At USMMA, she helped lead the Lady Lightning to a 12-win improvement and its best season in school history.
A graduate of Lafayette College with two degrees, one a bachelor's in Business and Economics and the other in Government and Law, Bogia has a significant background in developing elite level prep talent. She was an assistant coach with the Philadelphia Belles Nike National U16 Team in 2003-04, then served as the Event Director of the US Junior Nationals and the Blue Star National Invitational Camp in Las Vegas and Washington, D.C., with Blue Star Scouting Services from 2003-05. Following the 2012-13 season at Eastern Illinois, Bogia returned to Blue Star Media as a consultant and evaluator, helping with player evaluations for the Blue Star Report.
She left Blue Star to take an assistant coaching position at Goldey-Beacom College in 2005, becoming an integral part of the third-largest turnaround in college basketball in the 2006-07 season. She also received her MBA from Goldey-Beacom. Bogia is a native of Hockessin, Del.