NMJC Coach Sanders Is Finalist for National Coach of the Year
3/19/2015 8:40:59 a.m. - Hobbs, NM. (Story from nmjcthunderbirds.com)
The Women's Basketball Coaches Association announced Wednesday that New Mexico Junior College women's basketball coach Drew Sanders is one of three finalists for the Pat Summitt Trophy that is presented to the 2015 United States Marine Corps/WBCA Junior/Community College National Coach of the Year.
Sanders is a finalist with Eastern Arizona College coach Ryan McAdams and Chipola Junior College coach Greg Franklin. The winner will be announced April 6 in the Grand Ballroom at the Tampa Marriott Waterside in Florida – an event held in conjunction with the NCAA Women's Final Four.
"The WBCA congratulates these three outstanding coaches on being named finalists for the Pat Summitt Trophy," WBCA executive director Danielle Donehew said. "Each coach was selected as a finalist by their peers after leading their respective teams to exceptional seasons. The WBCA appreciates and applauds each coach's commitment to their student-athletes, institutions, and communities."
Sanders led NMJC to its third NJCAA National Tournament appearance in four years this season as the Lady Thunderbirds are 29-3 and the fourth seed heading into Thursday's national quarterfinal game against No. 5 Walters State. The Lady T-Birds have won four consecutive Western Junior College Athletic Conference titles under Sanders and have gone 109-20 over that span, including three Region V championships.
"The Marine Corps congratulates the finalists for the 2015 United States Marine Corps/WBCA Junior/Community College National Coach of Year," said Lieutenant Colonel Brian C. Proctor, Assistant Chief of Staff Diversity, Marine Corps Recruiting Command. "The hard work and dedication needed to achieve this recognition from their peers exemplifies the Marine Corps leadership values of honor, courage and commitment."
Sanders is in his 37th year in coaching with an overall record of 651-320. He spent 22 years coaching high school in Oklahoma, went 340-169, won two state titles and was inducted into the Oklahoma Girls Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame in 2011.
Sanders is 311-151 in his 15th year as a junior college coach with eight at New Mexico Junior College (166-81) and seven at Eastern Oklahoma State College (145-70).