Betty F. Jaynes Internship Program
Meet the Class of 2018
Marketing/Sponsorship Activation Intern
Born in Commerce, Georgia, Jasmine Grier began her collegiate career at Central Georgia Technical College where she played basketball and served as the student-athlete weight liaison for all athletics. After earning her degree in marketing in 2013, Grier transferred to Indiana State University where she spent the duration of her athletic career as a member of the KRS, Kinesiology, Recreation and Sport Management clubs. She graduated with a degree in recreation and sport management in 2015.
Grier joins the WBCA with a passion for sports and women’s basketball. She served as an athletic director for a Boys and Girls Club where she marketed youth athletics in the local community. In her most recent role, she worked in Indiana State University’s Office of Admissions, learning the marketing and sales aspect of recruiting students.
The game of women’s basketball has allowed Grier to have a palatable experience throughout her educational career. Her enjoyment of marketing is what led her to the WBCA where she hopes to gain experience, knowledge and wisdom. She couldn’t be more excited about the opportunity to gain an unexplainable amount of value to her career.
Awards and Special Projects Intern
Jessica Pace began her collegiate career at the University of Tennessee at Martin and transferred to Cumberland University following her freshmen year. She went on to graduate and receive both her bachelor’s degree in sports and exercise science, and master’s degree in advanced physical education from Cumberland in hopes of pursuing a coaching career.
Shortly after graduating, the native of Nashville, Tennessee, returned to Cumberland to serve in the role of graduate assistant coach for women's basketball. After one season, she was promoted to the staff’s full-time assistant coach and began to grow a passion for developing young minds in the women’s game. Pace handled all operational and administrative tasks for the Cumberland program. These responsibilities shifted her interests into the athletic administration and operations aspect of the game.
Pace doesn’t take lightly the opportunity to work for the WBCA. She strongly believes in the mission of the WBCA and hopes to learn as much as she can from this experience. Although she is unsure of which career path she’d like to take, she believes the opportunity to work directly with the “So You Want To Be A Coach” program and the WBCA Convention will assist her in gaining clarity in her decision-making processes.
Convention Logistics Intern
Mariah Turner was born and raised in Norman, Oklahoma. She began her collegiate career as an NCAA Division I student-athlete at the University of Tulsa where she played basketball. At Tulsa, Turner was a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) and Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), and spent time volunteering in the community with underprivileged schools. After four years, she graduated with a degree in organizational studies and a minor in psychology and went on to play oversees in Germany.
Following her international playing career, Turner attended the University of Oklahoma for her master’s degree and served as a graduate assistant in event management. She also assisted the community relations department in her last semester. Turner received her master’s degree in May 2017. To continue her passion for working in athletics, she took on the role as an intern for the Atlanta Falcons and later became a game-day assistant for football at the University of Oklahoma.
Although Turner’s experience has been on the collegiate level, she hopes to make her way into the world of professional athletics. Turner believes that the WBCA will not only give her the experience and knowledge she needs to continue her growth, but also help guide her down the appropriate career path.