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NMJC Names New Head Women's Basketball Coach

NMJC Names New Head Women's Basketball Coach photo 4/23/2007 10:09:05 a.m. - Hobbs, NM. Richard Morris, Athletic Director at New Mexico Junior College, announced today that Drew Ken Sanders has been selected as the new head women's basketball coach and professor of physical education.

Sanders comes to NMJC with twenty-one years' high school coaching experience and seven years' collegiate coaching experience. From 1998-2005, Sanders coached at Eastern Oklahoma State College, where he also taught political science. During that time, he compiled a solid list of accomplishments, including ten Academic All-Americans. For two of those years, he also had teams finish in the top of the nation academically.

According to Morris, besides his strong emphasis on scholarship, Sanders was set apart from the field by his solid coaching record. At Eastern Oklahoma State, he compiled an impressive 145-71 record, with the 2004-2005 year boasting a 24-7 record. Sanders' list of credits also includes two BI State West Conference Championships, eight All-Conference players, four All-Region players, one Kodak All American, and three NJCAA All-Americans. In 2001, his team was named the Region II champs, with Sanders himself named the Region Coach of the Year. A 4th place win in the NJCAA National Championship Tournament was yet another highlight of his collegiate coaching experience.

He has coached in the NJCAA National Tournament and currently has players placed at Central Florida University, University of South Alabama, Oklahoma City University, Southwestern State University, and the University of Missouri.

Sanders holds a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education from Cameron University and a Master of Education Degree in Education/Administration from Southwestern Oklahoma State University.

Morris believes that Sanders is going to be a very good fit for NMJC. "Drew's record demonstrates that he clearly understands the balance between academics and athletics, and we're looking forward to the experience and guidance he'll bring to our Lady T-Birds basketball program."

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