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Michael and Kenya submit resignations at TVCC
 March 30, 2012

ATHENS -- Trinity Valley Community College co-head women’s basketball coach Michael and Kenya Landers announced their resignations today to join the coaching staff at the University of Mississippi.

TVCC President Dr. Glendon Forgey said the resignations are effective Friday, April 6 and the search for a replacement to lead the women’s basketball program at the college would begin immediately.

The Landers coaching tandem led the Lady Cardinals to a perfect 36-0 season and the college’s sixth national championship less than a week ago. In their two years as co-head coaches they compiled a 70-3 record, including two appearances in the national championship game.

“Success and achievement lead to greater things.” Forgey said. “Michael and Kenya have accomplished much during their time at TVCC, keeping the Lady Cardinal basketball team as the most prestigious program in the nation.

“I know that greater things are ahead for them and I fully expect that Lady Cardinal fans will see Michael and Kenya leading a NCAA Division I team in the future.”

In two tenures (2000-09 and 2010-12) at TVCC, Michael Landers posted a 335-39 record and led the Lady Cardinals to two national championships and two undefeated seasons -- 2004 being the other. In his overall coaching career, Landers is 436-61. He also coached at East Texas Baptist University and Baton Rouge Community College.

Kenya Landers is 70-3 as a head coach at the college and 158-12 overall as a co-head coach, assistant coach and player. She was 60-6 as a player in 1998-2000 and 28-3 as an assistant coach in the 2004-05 season. In the 1999 season, as a freshman, she was a member of the Lady Cardinals ‘ 36-0 and national championship team.

“Trinity Valley is such a special place for Michael and I and this decision has been a very difficult one,” Kenya Landers said. “You live your life and you work hard every day in life to put yourself in positions to be successful and advance in your careers and that is what Trinity Valley has allowed us to do.

“We are very thankful for the opportunity that we have had here and for Dr. Forgey for him believing in us and allowing us to run the Lady Cards program.”

At Mississippi, they will join the coaching staff of Adrian Wiggins, who was Wednesday named head coach after a successful tenure at Fresno State University. Michael Landers will serve as director of basketball operations and Kenya Landers will serve as assistant coach/recruiting coordinator.

“As bittersweet as this is, we are very excited about our future and very excited about working at The University of Mississippi,” Kenya Landers said. “That program has rich tradition and great administrative support that is going to allow great success.

“Coach Wiggins is a winner. Not just on the floor but off. We know he is the perfect person to lead the program back to winning ways and we are very excited about working beside him. He has the energy, knowledge and motivational skills to get the best from his players and coaches.”

Forgey said the college would move quickly to fill the head coaching vacancy at the premiere women’s junior college program in the country.

“Due to the urgency of the recruiting season, the search will begin immediately with a new head coach to be named as soon as possible, hopefully by the end of the month,” Forgey said.

The Landers said they would be in attendance next Thursday for a celebration of the recent national title. The event “No. 6: A Celebration” is scheduled at 7 p.m. at Cardinal Gym on April 5.

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