Basketball Coaches


Michael Landers

Head Coach
M.S., Stephen F. Austin State University

Landers spent 10 years with TVCC (2000-09 and 2010-12), most recently serving as a co-head coach winning a national championship in 2011-12. He posted a 335-39 record and led the Lady Cardinals to two national championships and two undefeated seasons in 2012 and 2004. In his overall coaching career, Landers is 436-61. Landers also coached at East Texas Baptist University and Baton Rouge Community College.

He spent the 2010-11 season at Baton Rouge Community College, where he served as athletic director and head women’s basketball coach. Landers led the first-year program to a 22-6 record and conference championship. He received his second JUCO National Coach of the Year award.

In his nine previous seasons as Lady Cardinal head coach, he amassed a 265-36 record to become the second-winningest coach in the program’s 35-year history. Landers won eight conference championships and five regional championships. At five national tournaments, his squads twice finished seventh and once sixth to go along with the national title in 2004.

Landers arrived at TVCC from East Texas Baptist University. The ETBU women were NCAA Division II runners-up two consecutive years and compiled a 75-16 record in the three years he served as head coach. They were Heart of Texas Conference champions in 1998 and NAIA Far West Region Champions in 1999.

Before taking over the coaching position at ETBU, he served four years as the team’s top assistant coach and recruiting coordinator.

Landers is a graduate of Gladewater High School and received his bachelor’s degree in biology from ETBU in 1994 and his master’s degree from Stephen F. Austin State University in 1997. In addition to his coaching duties, he also served as Assistant Vice President of Student Services at Trinity Valley Community College.

He takes over a Navarro program that’s gone 126-48 with an unprecedented run of six Region XIV Tournament finals appearances in the last seven seasons.


Scott Monarch

Assistant Coach
M.S., Baylor

Monarch, a veteran of 25 years in basketball, returns to Navarro College where he worked under head coach Lewis Orr between 1993 and 1996.

Most recently, he served three years as an assistant coach for Tony Benford’s University of North Texas Mean Green, but he’s worked successfully in a myriad of levels throughout his career.

Monarch has been a scout for the NBA Dallas Mavericks and the New York Knicks.  He was on Buzz Williams’ staffs at The University of New Orleans (2006-07)  and at Marquette University (2008-12).

Before that, he was an assistant at Tennessee State, Grambling State, and at Kentucky Wesleyan, where the 1998 team reached the NCAA Division II Tournament Championship game.

Monarch’s roots are in Texas junior college basketball.  After a three-year stint at McLennan, he came to Navarro.  He became head coach at Panola College in Carthage, where he became the school’s winningest coach, won 63 percent of his games, claimed a 2003 Texas Eastern Conference title and developed a two-time NJCAA team-scoring champions.

During his career, Monarch has helped guide 42 players to NCAA Division I programs from the junior college ranks and nearly 20 to all-conference accolades. He also coached the all-time scoring leader in junior college history, Omar Thomas.

Monarch, who received his master’s degree from Baylor in 1991 after earning his undergraduate degree from Mississippi Valley State in 1986, has also served as an associate head coach at Tennessee State (1999-2000) and Kentucky Wesleyan (1996-98).

At Kentucky Wesleyan, Monarch was part of a program that reached the 1998 NCAA Division II national championship game. He also recruited and helped develop four players who would later be first-team All-Americans. Two of those standouts became National Players of the Year.

Monarch and his wife, Lacey, have three children: Samantha, Kacey and Scott, Jr.