Coaching Staff

Jessica Cooley | Head Coach

Jessica Cooley was named the head softball coach at Palm Beach Atlantic on September 9, 2019 after spending the past 10 years with the Mississippi State University softball program.

A native of Birmingham, Ala., Cooley joined the Bulldogs staff in the fall of 2013 after a standout four-year career on the diamond. She was heavily involved in all aspects of the Mississippi State softball program after shifting her role from a student-athlete. She helped to prepare schedules and recruiting visits while also managing the operating budget and helping to instruct during practices and games.

She left Starkville as one of the best power hitters in school history. Cooley is still the only player in SEC history with four multi-home run games in a single season and her 27 career home runs rank sixth in school history. Her best year came in her junior season where she hit .310 with 15 homers while driving in 41 and slugging .614. That year she was named a CollegeSportsMadness Third-Team All-American while also earning an SEC Player of the Week honor on March 5 and a USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week honor. Coooley was named to the All-SEC Freshman team in 2010 and was an Academic All-SEC selection during her time with the Bulldogs. She was additionally named to the SEC Community Service Team in 2013.

Cooley graduated from Mississippi State with a bachelor’s degree in marketing and with a master’s degree in sport administration.

Carsyn Gordon | Assistant Coach

Carsyn Gordon joined the Palm Beach Atlantic Softball staff as a graduate assistant in fall of 2019.

Gordon comes to PBA after graduating from Florida State University in May of 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in sport management. While at Florida State, Gordon was a decorated member of the Seminoles’ softball team. She helped lead the ‘Noles to four consecutive ACC championships and two Women’s College World Series appearances, including a National championship run in 2018.

Individually, she was awarded All-ACC second-team honors in 2016 and 2018, along with being named team captain and being a National Fastpitch Coaches’ Association all-region first-team honoree her junior year. In her senior season, Gordon was named to the NFCA all-region first-team while being named first-team All-ACC.

The Miami, Fla., native also excelled as a leader in the classroom. She was placed on the ACC honor roll three times and was a member of the All-ACC academic team in 2018 and 2019. She finished her career with a .323 batting average, .447 on-base percentage, 174 RBIs, 38 home runs and 48 stolen bases. She currently holds the NCAA record for grand slams in a season (3) and is third all-time at Florida State for home runs and RBIs.

Gordon has also been a member of the Puerto Rican national team since 2016. In 2018, her team won the Gold medal at the Central American games and finished fifth at the Softball World Cup. In 2019, Puerto Rico took home the bronze medal at the Pan-American games.