Williams-Jelks is a 2001 graduate of Bradford, where she played on the girls basketball team as a sophomore and junior under Dee Simon, who also coached Williams-Jelks’ aunt, Vickie LeFlore.
After high school, Williams-Jelks attended Alabama State University, a Historically Black College in Montgomery, Ala. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting in 2005 and went on to obtain a Master’s in Business Administration and a Master’s in Taxation before returning to Kenosha in 2014.
Williams-Jelks, who works as an auditor for a financial institution, said she became an “active spectator of basketball” when she came back to town. Her brother, Michael Holden, is an assistant coach for the Bradford boys team, and her cousin, Donyell Jelks, is a referee.
Meanwhile, her high school teammate and friend, Megan Wells, took the girls head coaching position at CLS in 2018 and was looking for an assistant.
“She had put something on Facebook that she was looking for an assistant coach,” Williams-Jelks said. “The first time I saw it, I ignored it. Then she posted again, and I was like, ‘Oh, Megan, let’s talk about it.’
“And she’s a good friend and former teammate, and so it’s been pretty fluid with her and I out there.”
But Wells recently had her second child and decided not to coach for the 2020-21 season. So Williams-Jelks stepped into the head role and led the Eagles to a 3-7 mark in her first season.
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