Skip Navigation
success, coaching

Success Coaching

At Austin Peay State University, we take your success as seriously as you and your parents do. To support your progress at and satisfaction with APSU, we are introducing a coaching program for a selection of this fall’s freshman class.

APSU Success Coaches are passionate about education and helping students succeed, and have completed their Bachelor’s degree or higher. The Coaching team works closely with the Student Transitions department to support the First-Year Experience. If you are randomly selected to participate, you can expect to hear from your Coach in August, and then will get to meet him/her at Orientation.

If you have any questions, you may contact Coaching Director Kaylan Isenberg at (615) 866-1572 and


Kaylan Isenberg, Coaching Program Director

Kaylan is the Coaching Program Director at APSU and has had the privilege of watching many students push beyond their old comfort zones and succeed in ways they never thought possible due to the power of Coaching. Kaylan graduated summa cum laude with her B.A. in English Literature at California State Long Beach, and her Master’s in English at Chapman University. As an undergraduate, she spent a semester studying at Oxford University, and was a member of the Sigma Tau Delta and Phi Kappa Phi Honor Societies. Prior to working in Coaching, Kaylan was an outside recruiter, attending corporate and educational job fairs. Kaylan loves going on cruises, running, reading, and seeing good theatre.


Dana Fagley

Dana believes in the power of education and the incredible opportunities that come from having a college degree. She believes in her students, and feels that coaching can help them see their dreams become reality one step at a time. As a member of the Coaching team at Austin Peay, Dana looks forward to engaging with her students and helping them find their place on campus. Dana’s background includes several years teaching Spanish at a public high school and volunteering as a Young Life leader, a non-profit organization working with youth. She has spent the past four summers living and studying abroad in Madrid, Spain, learning the language and soaking up the Spanish culture. When not traveling, Dana can often be found with her nose in a book. She also loves sharks, practicing yoga, eating her husband’s amazing cooking, and singing along to anything on the radio, even if she has to make up her own lyrics.

Jesse Trout

Jesse Trout

Jesse believes that all our lives should be pointed in the direction of service to our fellow humans, and that Coaching is the ideal vehicle by which to effect positive growth in himself and the students with whom he works. The pursuits of life-long learning and personal growth are central to the foundation of his life and he hopes to help impart this passion to students during Coaching. Jesse is a nearly-lifetime resident of Clarksville, moving there with his family in 1985 when his father was active duty in the Army at Fort. Campbell, KY. He graduated from Austin Peay with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science in 2007. Prior to joining the Coaching team he worked in higher education as a financial services officer and served as adjunct faculty at a local community college. Outside of work he enjoys spending time with his lovely wife and very energetic dog, serving as a volunteer at his church, and training in mixed martial arts at the SSF Submission Academy.


Sharese Shannon

Sharese is excited about Coaching because she believes in the power and potential global impact of students cultivating leadership skills and academic confidence. Sharese earned a B.S. in Public Administration from Grand Valley State University in Michigan and her Master’s in College Student Development at Eastern Illinois University. During her undergraduate career, she studied abroad in Sydney, Australia and loved being a student leader. Prior to working as a Coach, Sharese worked in Housing & Residential Education in Arizona and Tennessee. Sharese is currently pursuing her Doctorate and enjoys volunteering, watching movies, bowling, dancing, traveling and spending time with friends and family when she is not studying.


Taylor Jabour

Taylor believes that Coaching impacts student success by facilitating the development of personal strengths while also fostering awareness of the resources needed to create the future you desire. During college, he played football and ran track for The University of Mississippi before graduating with honors in 2002 with a degree in Special Education. Taylor then worked for University of Mississippi in the Athletic Department’s Academic Support Office as a Learning Specialist. In this position he facilitated many stories reminiscent of The Blind Side, and is proud that many student-athletes that he worked with are still playing football in the NFL. Taylor has a passion for equipping students for success through his passion for educational psychology. In his free time, Taylor enjoys strength training, various recreational sports, movies and spending time with friends.


Tiffany Russ

Tiffany’s excitement for coaching Austin Peay students comes directly from her whole-hearted belief that each day she has the opportunity to make impactful changes in the lives of students. Prior to becoming a Coach with Austin Peay, Tiffany was a high school chemistry teacher. While teaching, Tiffany witnessed first-hand the harsh reality of unmet potential and its negative effects on student success. She has made it her mission to challenge every student to live out even their biggest dreams, because they too are possible. She graduated magna cum laude with her B.S. in Chemistry, and is currently working on a Master’s in College Student Development. As an undergraduate student she was a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta and Phi Kappa Phi Honor Societies, as well as a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. When she’s not ensuring students are meeting their truest potential, she enjoys spending time with her husband and watching Sesame Street with her two-year old. She is also an active runner, writer, and reader….and likes to add decorative flair to just about anything.