Why hire Jackie Stiles & David Almany?
Jackie Stiles, the NCAA all time leading scorer for women's basketball, and David Almany, a long-time high school/college coach, have joined forces to offer a dynamic speaking or coaching engagement. Jackie remains today as one of the more enduring sports figures in the public eye and David boasts countless championship wins. They speak to far ranging groups, from elementary student assemblies to corporate meetings of CEOs. Their basketball clients includes playing levels from elementary school to college, ranging from private lessons to collegiate level camps that Jackie holds around the nation.
Jacqueline Marie Stiles was born in Kansas City, Kansas on December 21,1978 to parents Pat and Pam Stiles and is the oldest of four children. Jackie grew up in Claflin Kansas and attended Claflin High School.
Jackie’s athletic accomplishments are numerous and diverse but she is known best for her endeavors on the basketball court. As a junior in high school she scored 61 points in 17 minutes of the opening game of the season. By the end of her senior year she becomes the leading scorer for boys and girls in Kansas High School history. Jackie is the state record holder with 71 points in one game. During her four years of high school she won a state record 14 gold medals in track, including the first to win the 400, 800, 1600 and 3200 meters in one day. She placed in the top three in state cross country all four years. This well rounded athlete also played tennis for the Claflin Wildcats and placed 2nd in state all three seasons.
At Missouri State, she was known for her spinning jump shots, driving lay ups and 3-pointers. She is the all time leading scorer in NCAA division one basketball history with 3,393 points. She had a compelling competitive spirit and stop-on-a-dime quickness. What she brought to the court was incredible jump shots and moves that defied defenses designed specifically to stop her. Her career at MSU culminated in the 2001 NCAA Tournament where she led the Lady Bears to a final four appearance. In the sweet sixteen game she scored 41 points in an 81 - 71 shocker against top-ranked Duke. Jackie remains the only woman to score more than 1,000 points in a single season. In her college career she procured a number of outstanding awards including: Three time Missouri Valley Player of the year, won the Wade Trophy for best
female basketball player in the nation, and the Broderick cup for college women athlete of the year in 2001.Verizon Academic All American 1st team and the Kodak 1st team All American.
In the 2001 WNBA draft she was picked fourth by the Portland Fire. She captured the rookie of the year title that summer with a scoring average of 14.9 points. She was named to the 2001 WNBA All-Star team and was picked WNBA Player of the week averaging 22 points on 54% shooting. In 2002 she scored a season high 18 points for the Los Angeles Sparks.
Jackie played briefly in the Australian league before retiring in 2006 due to injuries incurred from her legendary training regimen. Jackie’s career was one that every player dreams of and she has dedicated herself to helping young athletes around the country achieve their dreams.
Dave Almany is a 53 year old native of Crystal City, MO. He earned a BA Degree from Central Methodist University in Fayette, MO (1980), a MA Degree from Truman State University in Kirksville, MO (1986) and a Specialist in Education Degree from Missouri State University in Springfield, MO (1996).
Almany was a long time boy’s basketball coach in Missouri and Kansas. He began his career as the Varsity Assistant Coach at Sullivan High School in Sullivan, MO. In his four years with the Eagles, they soared to four conference and district titles and a fourth place finish in 1981 in the Missouri Class 3 State Tournament.
Almany’s first head coaching position was in Monroe City, MO. In 1984, he took over a Panther program that the previous year had suffered through a 7-19 season. His first team finished 20-8 and his second team broke out to a 28-4 mark and a third place finish in the Class 2 Missouri State Boys Tournament. Almany’s five year mark at Monroe City was 107-36, the best record in the history of the school.
Almany next took the reigns at El Dorado High School in El Dorado, KS. The Wildcats were known as one of the worst programs in the history of the state, with no boys head coach having achieved a winning career record in over 70 years. Almany took a team that had won only 2 games the previous year and seven total over three years, to the Kansas 5A state tournament finishing with a 15-7 record. Almany’s 1993 Wildcat club also qualified for the state tournament.
Almany’s final basketball head coaching assignment was with Licking High School in Licking, MO. He was also the school’s building principal. In his three years at the helm of the Wildcats, Almany compiled a won loss record of 75-10. Almany’s overall coaching record in boys basketball is 286-97. His teams won seven district titles, 8 conference championships, 14 Invitational Tournament crowns and appeared in four state championship final fours. He was named coach of the year on nine occasions.
As a high school Track and Field/Cross Country Coach, Almany’s teams won 18 district championships, 14 conference crowns and a state championship. He coached four individual state champions and 47 all state athletes in track and cross country.
After retiring from education in Missouri, Almany spent the 2005-06 school year as the high school principal in Pocahontas, AR.
Almany is currently the head men and women’s cross country and track coach at Fontbonne University in St. Louis, MO. Since starting the cc/track program at the University in 2006, the Fontbonne men’s and women’s cross country teams have captured two SLIAC Team Cross Country titles and finished second three times. In three short years, the Griffin harriers have earned 13 slots on the SLIAC first team, twelve second team conference honors, three Conference Newcomer of the Year awards, fifteen Conference Athlete of the Week honors, one SLIAC Performer of the Year award and two Coach of the Year selections.
In 1993, Almany began the Licking Summer Camps. The girl’s basketball camps have grown from 80 athletes the first year to over 16,000 in the summer of 2010, making them the largest summer basketball camp exclusively for girls in the United States.
Almany has been married for 27 years to his wife Lisa and is the parent of two children; 25 year old son Andrew and 22 year old daughter Caitlin.
What to Expect
Jackie and David are educational, motivational, and athletic speakers that focus on the topics of peer pressure, drug and alcohol prevention, goal setting, time management, bullying, and leadership.
Their presentations are suitable for K-12 schools, athletic banquets, skills clinics with individual basketball teams, faculty/staff meetings, professional in-services, teacher workshops, booster clubs, and support groups.
Previous clients have stated:
“Together, Jackie and Dave bring a wide range of experiences that
allows for the reaching of a wide variety of students with a fast moving and impacting program.”
“Timely, informative and relevant: very appropriate for today’s students.”
“A serious message delivered in a fun and fast dialogue. Students and staff alike will be challenged to think outside the box and self examine their goals and values.”
“Your students will leave inspired.”
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