New WBB Coach Debuts with History-Making First Season


Rob Vanya/San Jacinto College Marketing, Public Relations and Government Affairs Department

Michael Madrid joined San Jacinto College as the new head coach of the women’s basketball program. During his first year, the team advanced the furthest it ever has in the College’s history.

He may be new on the job, but Michael Madrid made history during his first year as the new head coach of the women’s basketball team at San Jacinto College ending the season as regional runner-up, the furthest the team has ever advanced in the program’s history.

Madrid led the team to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region XIV tournament by knocking off nationally-ranked Trinity Valley but later fell to Blinn College 61-44 in the championship game.

“I think he did a good job,” Assistant Coach Adonna Weaver says. “It’s tough coming in as a new head coach to an established successful program. He was able to get our players to buy into his program, expectations, and style of play.”

Weaver is in now in her second year at San Jac coming in under the leadership of the previous head coach, Brenita Jackson.

“Coach Madrid brings a different style of play to San Jac women’s basketball and operates his program to what he is accustomed to,” Weaver adds.

Madrid did not always plan on a career as a coach. Initially, he was an accounting major, but his high school coach suggested athletics as a possible alternative. Ultimately, Madrid took his advice, changed his degree plan, and gave it a try.

“I actually started as a junior high boys’ basketball coach and slowly worked my way to ninth grade, JV, and then varsity assistant.” Madrid says, “I spent ten years coaching high school boys’ basketball never having any intentions of coaching women’s basketball.”

Fast forward in time, Madrid has coached women’s basketball for eleven years and hit the ground running his first day at San Jac to build “a complete team effort.”

“Our players started from day one in August at 6 a.m. conditioning and worked hard to build a team-first mentality,” he adds.

Although he had a strong first season at San Jac, he says he looks forward to building on that foundation during the upcoming year.

“We will recruit players that work hard in the classroom and on the court,” Madrid says. “We challenge them, and we have high expectations. The bar has been raised, and we will continue to demand the best from our players daily.”

Madrid attended Eastern New Mexico University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in special education while minoring in history and physical education. He earned a master’s degree from the same university in sports administration followed by another master’s degree in education administration from Lubbock Christian University. He came to San Jac after serving as head coach of the women’s basketball program at Paris Junior College.

Meanwhile, Madrid says he stays busy with his team, but he does find some time outside of teaching and coaching to enjoy time with his wife.

“We enjoy traveling and spending time with family. We are both very active and enjoy staying fit.” Madrid adds, “My wife and I have a Yorkiepoo named Renzo. He is our pride and joy, and I love to hang out with him.”

Now, at the end of his historic “freshman” year at San Jac where he says he found his “dream job,” Madrid credits his success to the talents of the team members and support staff.

“As a coach, you are only as good as your staff and your players,” Madrid says, “simple as that.”