Texas A&M University-Kingsville formally introduced Michael Madrid as the new head coach of the women’s basketball program last week at a press conference held in McCulley Hall.
Pending approval of the Texas A&M System Board of Regents, Madrid will lead the charge for the Javelinas as the 14th head coach in the programs history.
Steven Roach, Executive Director of Athletics and Campus Recreation at TAMUK, said the search for a new coach was “very thorough” because it was an “important hire for this department and for this program.”
“I think you are about to find out real soon that we are very proud of the results that came out of this search process,” Roach said at the press conference. “I think we got the right person at the right time for this program, so we’re excited.”
Roach said he interviewed 10 candidates for the position.
“The committee had some tough decisions to make, but ultimately, obviously, the decision to move forward with Michael Madrid came to the forefront,” Roach said. “All the candidates knew basketball, had great basketball minds, but, Michael’s basketball mind was very strong, very on-point and we think he’s going to run a great system here.
“He’s going to build a program based on student-athlete development in the classroom, in the community and on the basketball court. And you know, as athletic administration that’s our goal is to build that culture,” Roach added.
According to a press release from Javelina Athletics, Madrid’s tenure as a basketball coach stretches back 20 years between the states of Texas and New Mexico.
He began coaching in July of 2005 as an assistant coach at Lubbock Christian University.
Following his time in Lubbock, Madrid went to Denton, and also worked as an assistant coach for Texas Women’s University in 2010, and the Pioneers were the 2011 Lone Star Conference Champions in his first year on the bench.
Madrid then became the head coach for Paris Junior College in 2013, where his team made the 2014 Region XIV Tournament after finishing fourth in the conference in his first season with a 16-15 record.
Madrid then coached San Jacinto College North in 2015.
In his second season at the helm, San Jacinto had its best season in program history with a 24-9 overall record and a No. 20 national ranking in the NJCAA.
The program finished as runner-up in the in the Region XIV Conference Tournament, the first time in school history, and a first-ever NJCAA National Tournament appearance.
For his efforts following the 2016-17 campaign, Madrid was named the Region XIV Coach of the Year.
Madrid then moved on to his most recent position at the University of Texas at El Paso in 2017 as the assistant coach before being promoted to associate head coach ahead of the 2018-19 season. He helped head coach Kevin Baker obtain the most wins by any Miner coach through their first two years in program history, including establishing the school record for victories, 17, in a debut season in 2017-18.
Roach introduced Madrid to attendees at the press conference.
“Excited does not even describe how I feel right now,” Madrid said. “Just extremely excited, blessed and thankful for this opportunity.”
Madrid said he enjoyed the atmosphere of TAMUK following his in-person interview, and felt like Kingsville was a great place to be for him professionally and personally for his family.
Madrid thanked TAMUK President Mark Hussey, Roach and the entire search committee and his family for the support.
As for his coaching philosophy and focus heading into his first season as the head of the women’s basketball program, he hammered home the importance of culture.
“Obviously (culture) is huge to me in what we build in the young women that we’re going to bring to campus,” Madrid said. “One of the biggest things we want to do is, we want to recruit, we want to retain and we want to graduate young women of high character that are going to come here and be a strong representative of us. (Women) that are going to graduate and when they leave Kingsville, they’re going to be thankful for their opportunity.”