New women’s basketball coach aims to maintain momentum
08.07.2015 | By Rob Vanya
San Jacinto College welcomes Mike Madrid as the new head coach of the women's basketball program. Photo credit: Rob Vanya, San Jacinto College marketing, public relations, and government affairs department.
Mike Madrid comes to San Jacinto College with 13 years of experience
New women’s basketball Head Coach Mike Madrid takes the helm at San Jacinto College hoping to maintain momentum from last year’s remarkable turnaround season.
The veteran coach comes to San Jacinto College after serving for two years as head coach of the Paris Junior College (PJC) women’s basketball program. San Jacinto College and Paris are in the same conference, so Madrid is familiar with San Jacinto College’s program. “The team and coaching staff from last year at San Jac proved that it’s a program that can be competitive regardless of history or circumstances,” Madrid commented. “I just hope to step in and continue winning and to maintain that momentum.”
The 2014-2015 season was arguably the most dramatic turnaround season in the history of San Jacinto College’s women’s basketball program. After a 3-27 record in 2013-2014, the team finished last season with a 23-9 record, earned national ranking for the first time in the program’s history, and advanced to the semifinal round of the regional tournament.
Madrid has an impressive resumé, having coached at either the high school or college level for 13 years. Before his two years at PJC, he served three years as assistant women’s basketball coach at Texas Woman’s University, where he helped the Pioneers win their first Lone Star Conference tournament championship in any sport, and advance to the National Collegiate Athletic Association South Central Region tournament. He began his coaching career at New Mexico’s Portales High School, helping the team win the 2001 Class 3A championship. After a year at Lubbock Estacado High School as a boys’ football, track, and basketball coach, he coached boys’ basketball for two years at Lubbock High School. Madrid spent five years at Lubbock Christian University under women’s head coach Steve Gomez, one as a graduate assistant and four as an assistant coach. While he was at Lubbock Christian, the team was the 2005-2006 NAIA National Runner-Up and won the 2006-2007 Sooner Athletic Conference championship.
Like all coaches, Madrid emphasizes winning. But his personal coaching philosophy is to stress winning in all areas of life, not just in sports. “I strive to help students to succeed not just in athletics, but also in academics and really in every area,” he said. “To do that, it requires being competitive, but also being consistent. We will stress the importance of graduating, and becoming well-rounded, responsible, and positive after graduation.”
Madrid holds a bachelor’s degree in special education and a master’s in sports administration from Eastern New Mexico University. He holds a master’s in education administration from Lubbock Christian University.
The San Jacinto College women’s basketball season gets under way in late October. For information about San Jacinto College athletic programs, please visit sanjacsports.com.
About San Jacinto College
Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. As an Achieving the Dream Leader College, San Jacinto College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of approximately 30,000 credit students. The College offers 186 degrees and certificates, with 46 technical programs and a university transfer division. Students benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success, and job training programs that are renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.