Ashley Hilton is in her first season with the Desoto Central softball program and looks forward to the challenge of coaching this successful team. She recognizes that this is a new season with new challenges, and past opponents may have an ax to grind against them. Hilton believes the one thing that will define the Lady Jags this year is their toughness, and this team must play harder and tougher than ever before.
A native of Enterprise, Alabama, Hilton has played softball since she was 8 years old. She is a graduate of Enterprise High School where she excelled in softball, basketball and volleyball. While in high school, Hilton helped lead her softball team to two state appearances and four playoff appearances. Hilton was named a Final Four Player of the Year for the Southeast Sun, a Top Twelve Player of the Year for the Wiregrass Area, and represented Enterprise High School in the Alabama North/South softball game. Hilton held the homerun record for Enterprise High School, until her little sister, Sara, broke that record four years later.
Hilton attended the University of Mississippi where she played softball under Coach Missy Dickerson. In 2007, they earned 11 SEC wins, which tied for the most ever in a softball season at Ole Miss. Hilton graduated from the University of Mississippi with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, a minor in English, and Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction. She taught in the Oxford School District and coached softball and volleyball. Coach Hilton was instrumental in organizing and coaching the Lady Landsharks travel teams out of Oxford, Mississippi as well.
Currently, Coach Hilton teaches Accelerated English, Senior English, and Sociology at Desoto Central. She believes that cultivating effective communication, work ethic, and character skills in her students and athletes, will not only serve them in the classroom and on the softball field, but will empower them to become productive citizens and leaders in the community.
Jordan Wheeler is a 2017 graduate of Desoto Central High school, where she graduated with honors and played as a first baseman and pitcher. Shortly after she graduated, Jordan had the pleasure of beginning her coaching career at her own alma mater, Desoto Central High School. Since becoming an assistant at Desoto Central, Jordan has helped assist the softball program in two back to back state championships and multiple district titles.
Currently, Jordan coaches the 14U Blue Angles softball team, where she also played competitively for many years. Jordan is also attending Northwest Community College where she is pursuing a degree in nursing.
In her spare time, Jordan enjoys spending time with her family, watching crime shows and hanging out with her friends. Jordan's little sister, Jorja plays for the Desoto Central High School softball team, and both of her parents (John David and Carmen Wheeler) are big advocates for the Desoto Central Softball program as well.
Jordan feels very humbled and excited to be back in her 4th year with the Desoto Central softball program. She hopes she can set an example for the young women she coaches, and she hopes to push them in the right direction so that they can pursue their highest potential both on and off the field.