FAYETTEVILLE — University of Arkansas head women’s basketball coach announced the addition of Jessica Bowie as the director of basketball operations today. Bowie, a Mississippi native, takes over for Amber Shirey who recently returned to the sidelines as an assistant coach for the Razorbacks. “We are very excited to welcome Jessica to the Razorback family,” said Collen. “After maintaining my staff in tact at Louisville and Arkansas for nearly seven years, it has been invigorating to make recent changes and has really proven to be a blessing in many ways. I have lost three great assistants in the past year, but I have also been able to bring many fresh young faces into our program. The addition of Jessica Bowie fits the mold perfectly. “Jessica is young and energetic and is very eager for this challenge,” Collen continued. “Her background is in teaching and coaching at the high school level but she really caught my eye with the work she was performing coaching at the club level. She will perform many of the daily functions Amber Shirey has been performing for the past five years, but we also hope to utilize in the marketing area as well as academics and mentoring our players daily.” Bowie most recently held positions as the head girls’ basketball and volleyball coach as well has history instructor at Rowan Middle School as well as serving as an assistant coach for the Arkansas Marvericks-Durham team. While at Rowan Middle School, she helped organize a holiday food drive, breast cancer awareness fundraiser and was the college spirit week winner while teaching and coaching. With the Arkansas Mavericks-Durham team, Bowie helped several players improve their prep rankings. She organized team travel and budgets as well as serving as a tournament director. Bowie earned her bachelor’s degree in political science at Millsaps College in Jackson, Miss., in 2010, and her master’s degree in curriculum and instruction at Ole Miss in 2012.