18 Jul Landers among 6 selections for Cardinal Hall of Fame
From TVCC Sports Information
ATHENS — Navarro College assistant athletic director and head basketball coach Michael Landers and his wife, Kenya, are among six selections in the Class of 2018 for The Cardinal Hall of Fame at Trinity Valley Community College.
Michael Landers served as the TVCC women’s basketball coach from 2000-2009 and again between 2010 and 2012. Kenya Larkin Landers, currently a Corsicana High School assistant principal, had three tenures at TVCC: as a player (1998-2000) and as a coach (2004-2005 and 2010-2012).
The hall of fame’s 10th class is scheduled to be inducted on Saturday, Oct. 27 at 11 a.m. Tickets for the induction luncheon will be $15 and available at the door at the Student Union Building ballroom.
Upon the departure of Kurt Budke after seven incredible seasons at the helm of the Lady Card basketball program, the line of coaches interested in following him was short – very short.
Landers was at the front of the line. The rest is history.
By the time he left after 11 years over two tenures, he was the all-time winningest coach in program history with a 335-39 record. Included among that mark were two national championships (2004 and 2012), both of which capped undefeated 36-0 seasons.
In Landers’ tenure, the Lady Cards won 10 conference championships, seven regional championships and were 20-7 in national tournament games in seven appearances.
Landers, who also served as athletic director in 2006-09, was twice named JUCO Coach of the Year – 2004 at the college and 2010 at Baton Rouge Community College, where he started the women’s basketball program, went 22-6 and won a conference title.
He left Baton Rouge after one season and returned to lead the Lady Cards as co-head coach with wife, Kenya, for two seasons. The Lady Cards reached the national title game both years.
While at the college, he oversaw the creation of the Cardinal Hall of Fame in 2008.
Landers has 508 career coaching wins, including a 75-16 mark at East Texas Baptist University, where he went to two NJCAA Division II title games in three years.
KENYA LARKIN LANDERS
Winning and Kenya Larkin Landers go hand in hand.
Over three tenures at the college, all in different roles, she compiled a 158-12 record.
Recruited out of one of the most dominant high school programs in the state at Duncanville by Cardinal Hall of Fame coach Kurt Budke in 1998, her career at the college got off to a perfect start. The Lady Cards went 36-0 and won their fourth national title in six years.
As a sophomore, she received all-region and all-conference honors and was rated the fourth-best JUCO guard in the nation. The Lady Cards were 60-6 in her two seasons.
Landers would continue her playing career at the University of Texas, where she played in all 65 games over two seasons, starting 62. She led the Longhorns in assists both seasons and finished her career with 443 points, 195 assists and 97 steals.
She played one season in the European Pro League in Israel before returning to the Lady Cards for the 2004-05 season as Michael Landers’ assistant. The Lady Cards went 28-3 and won a conference championship.
After assistant-coach tenures on Budke’s staff at Oklahoma State and Van Chancellor’s at LSU, she returned to the college as co-head coach with now husband, Michael. In two seasons, Team Landers compiled a 70-3 record and played in two national title games.
OTHER HOF SELECTIONS
Justin Allgood (Football, 2002-03), Paul Atkins (Basketball, 1978-80), Keyna Bibbs (Women’s Basketball (1998-00), and Gary Haynes (Football, 1993-94)