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Coaching Staff

David Lowery  |  Assistant Coach

With 13 years of experience and one of the top recruiters in the state of Florida, David Lowery will work primary with UNF’s swing and post players and serve as the team’s recruiting coordinator.

In his first season, Lowery saw to development of Kadesia Johnson who improved her rebounding average by more than seven boards per game. He assisted with Maiya Rumph in becoming the team's second-best rebounder.

Lowery came to UNF after spending eight years as an assistant coach at Florida. He coordinated the Gators’ recruiting efforts and assisted with player development. Lowery brought 10 ESPN Top 100 recruits to Florida, including McDonald’s All-American Ronni Williams.

While at Florida, Lowery helped the Gators to three NCAA Tournament appearances (2009, 2012, 2014) and four WNIT appearances (2008, 2010, 2011, 2013) with the Gators reaching the WNIT Final Four in 2013.

The coach of 21 All-Conference selections and six All-SEC Freshman Team honorees, Lowery has also served as an assistant coach at Charlotte and Davidson. With both teams, Lowery served as the recruiting coordinator and oversaw each team’s academic progress. Additionally, in his two years at Charlotte (2005-07), Lowery helped the 49ers to the 2006 Atlantic 10 Championship and trips to the 2006 and 2007 WNITs.

Lowery has participated in multiple coaching forums, including the Nike Villa 7 Next Generation of Young Rising Head Coaches, the BCA ACA Program of Achieving Coaching Excellence, NACWAA White Board Coaches Consortium and the U.S. Marines Leadership Training Workshop. He has also presented at multiple conferences, including the WBCA’s “So You Want To Be A Coach” program.

Lowery graduated from Mississippi State in May 2000 with a bachelor of science in physical education. He is the proud father of a daughter, Kendall Arvryzena Hightower (18), and a son, Carlon Reed Lowery (4).


Jessica (Ridgill) Taylor  |  Assistant Coach

Jessica (Ridgill) Taylor begins her second year on the sidelines for the UNF women's basketball team.

With 12 years of coaching experience in different roles at the Division I and Division II levels, achieving all sorts of success thus far in her coaching career, Taylor works primarily with the point guards.

In her first season with UNF, Taylor helped Newcomer of the Year Claire Ioannidis set the single-season record for three-pointers in a season (80). She oversaw then-sophomore Sierra Shepherd become one of the most effective point guards in the Atlantic Sun as she averaged 12.4 points per game and led the league in steals and assists. Taylor also oversaw the academic success of the team.

Taylor spent four years at Wofford, her alma mater, starting initially as an assistant coach before being elevated to associate head coach for the 2014-15 season. She helped with the Terriers’ recruiting efforts and game scheduling, while also coordinating the team’s academic obligations.

Taylor began her coaching career at Erskine College, beginning as an assistant coach for five years and then becoming Erskine’s head coach from 2008-2011. She led the Flying Fleet to three Conference Carolinas Tournaments. In her first season as head coach, Taylor’s squad tied for second Most Improved NCAA Division II Women’s Basketball Teams in 2008-09, totaling a program-record tying 17 wins. Erskine established a new team scoring record, averaging 83.0 points per game that ranked fifth nationally, while registering four 100-point games during the 2008-09 campaign. As a result, Taylor was selected as the Conference Carolinas Coach of the Year

Taylor had a successful playing career as a point guard at Wofford from 1998-02. She dished out 387 assists, a mark that is currently third in Wofford’s record books. As a sophomore, she recorded 117 helpers, including a then-program record 13 in a single game. Taylor’s single-game mark stood for over a decade was broken in 2011.

An inductee into the Clarendon County Athletic Hall of Fame, Taylor earned her bachelor’s degree in business economics from Wofford in 2002.

Taylor married Tracy Taylor in September 2015.


MaryLynne Schaefer  |  Assistant Coach

MaryLynne Schaefer enters her second season on the sidelines for UNF women's basketball after a standout career at the University of Hartford.

Schaefer assisted in the development of the Osprey wing players and saw Hadley Kiefer become one of the Atlantic Sun's top freshmen. She also helped boost Taru Madekivi to become a threat behind the arc as she improved to a 30 percent clip from long range.

Schaefer spent the 2014-15 season as a graduate assistant at Marquette, assisting in game and practice preparation and scouting various non-conference and BIG EAST opponents. Schaefer coordinated and coached Marquette’s male practice squad and also supervised the team’s managers.

Prior to Marquette, Schaefer worked with Gibbs at Miami for three seasons. In her first season with the Hurricanes, Schaefer was a graduate student worker. She became the team’s Video Coordinator in July 2012.

The school record holder for career three-pointers, Schaefer was a three-year starter at Hartford from 2005-09 and was part of three America East Regular Season Championship and two American East Tournament Championship teams. She helped the Hawks to two NCAA Tournament appearances, including a Second Round showing in the 2008 Tournament. Additionally, she played in three WNITs, one preseason and two postseason. She finished her career with 222 treys, a school-record mark that was tied during the 2014-15 season by Amber Bepko.

Following Hartford, Schaefer played overseas in Germany for two seasons. She helped her team to a league championship in her first season and a runner-up finish in her second season. Schaefer led all three divisions in Germany in three-point field goals made in both of her years. Additionally, she lead the Second Division in steals in 2011.

Schaefer graduated from Hartford in May 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in interactive information technology. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in sport leadership from Marquette.


Sara Nuxol  |  Director of Operations

Sara Nuxol enters her second season as the University of North Florida women's basketball's Director of Operations.

Nuxol is responsible for the day-to-day operations for women’s basketball. She coordinates the Ospreys’ travel arrangements, equipment and gameday needs and community service projects. Additionally, Nuxol oversees the student support staff.

Nuxol comes to UNF after spending time in different roles in the Orlando area. She and her sister, current Embry-Riddle head coach Lisa Wilson, founded Blue Star Florida Elite basketball in 2011. Nuxol served as the director of point guard and perimeter player development. Additionally, she handled the direct marketing and promotion of the program, oversaw travel arrangements and scheduling, coordinated NCAA compliance requirements and managed player recruitment and player placement at the collegiate level. Since its inception, every player who has participated in Blue Star Florida Elite has gone on to play at the collegiate level.

Prior to Florida Elite, Nuxol was the head varsity coach at Lake Howell High School (2013-15) and Winter Springs High School (2009-12), guiding eight players to All-Conference honors and helping four players to collegiate basketball careers. She led Lake Howell to a district runner-up finish in 2013.

Nuxol served as the lead recruiter at D1 Sports Training and Therapy in Orlando. She managed the marketing and communications for the various programs and services and the different events hosted by the facility.

A former Division I basketball player, Nuxol started her career at Middle Tennessee State, helping the team to NCAA first-round win over NC State in the 2005 NCAA Tournament. Nuxol then transferred to Samford for her remaining three years and was a guard on the Bulldogs’ roster from 2006-09. Off the court, Nuxol was a SAAC member and chaired the SAMPSY Committee, which organized the Samford’s annual athletic department awards.

Nuxol graduated from Samford with her bachelor’s degree in business administration in May 2009. She earned her master’s in sport and fitness from UCF in May 2011.