Austin Mefford was named the 8th Head Coach for the Lady Saints basketball program on May 4th, 2018 after completing his fifth season at Gulf Coast State as Assistant Women's Basketball Coach.
Over his five-year stint with the Commodores, he helped lead them to three Panhandle Conference Championships, three Region 8 Championships, and back-to-back NJCAA National Championships in 2016 and 2017. Gulf Coast amassed a 135-24 record during his time in Panama City.
The Commodores saw success both on the court and in the classroom during Mefford's tenor. Along with helping recruit and develop five NJCAA All-Americans and three NJCAA National Players of the Year, Gulf Coast State finished as an NJCAA Academic Top 25 Team in 2016 and 2017. While with Gulf Coast, 26 players signed to continue playing basketball at NCAA Division I schools, with 13 of those players signing with Power Five schools.
Prior to Gulf Coast State, he spent four seasons with Division I Coastal Carolina University as the Director of Basketball Operations and Assistant Women's Basketball Coach. Over his career, he has worked for coaches such as Hall of Famer Ronnie Scovel, Vernette Skeete, Alan LeForce, Cliff Ellis and Buzz Peterson. Mefford also had the honor of coaching the 2013 and 2017 NJCAA All-Star Game.