Fifteen consecutive seasons of 17 wins or more and 17 straight years of Patrick Cunningham leading the program to success. Now in year 18, he's the only coach the program has ever known, having been hired away from Yavapai College in Prescott (where he was a longtime men's and women's assistant basketball coach) in 1999 to build the program from the ground up. Since then, it's been nothing but success for the cardinal & gold under Cunningham, with a pair of 30-win seasons, 3 ACCAC Regular Season titles, 7 Region I Finals appearances, 11 playoff berths, and one Region I Championship (in 2002) and the trip to the NJCAA Division I Women's Basketball Tournament that went along with it (which included the Lady Mats' first-ever national tournament win). Cunningham has never led a Matador team to a losing record, and that sustained success has brought sustained national respect as the Lady Mats are perennial residents of the NJCAA Women's Basketball Poll, having risen as high as #2 at one point. They also finished with a national ranking of 8th, 17th, and 11th over a three-year stretch from 2002 to 2004. During their 17 years of existence, the Matadors have produced 13 NJCAA All-American players, 5 State Farm WBCA All-Americans, 2 NJCAA All-Academic All-Americans and have sent more than 25 student-athletes to Division I programs. Cunningham knows about job security, since his coaching resume' spans nearly 20 years but only involves two programs: AWC & Yavapai. Cunningham is currently a Professor for the Business and Liberal Arts Division (BLAD) at AWC in addition to his coaching duties. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration and Economics from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado, and a Master's degree in Business Administration from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. He's also been a bank manager and financial administrator in the professional world. Cunningham resides in Yuma with his son, Logan, wife Nellie, and her daughters, Nadia and Sabrina.
Brittany Mayclin joins the Lady Matador coaching staff for a taste of her first collegiate coaching experience. A Minnesota native, Mayclin starred for one season at North Dakota State College of Science and led the team in points, rebounds and assists as a freshman point guard. After earning her Associate's Degree, she transferred to Division II Minnesota State University Moorhead and played for three more seasons. She led her team in assists for two seasons and also made multiple Academic All-Conference teams. After graduating with her Bachelor's Degree in Health and Physical Education with a minor in Coaching, Mayclin moved to San Luis to be a PE and Health teacher while also coaching both boys and girls basketball as well as softball. In 2014, she transitioned to Cibola to teach Health and PE while working as the JV girls basketball coach. She still teaches PE and weight training during the day. Mayclin has been an AAU coach since 2007 with her father's organization. Her parents, Tim and Lora, still live in Minnesota, and her sister and brother-in-law live in Oregon. Mayclin enjoys spending time with her family and friends as well as her dog, Prince, staying active and being outside.
Coach Lory joins the Lady Matador coaching staff this season after spending the last few years coaching basketball in Florida, his home state. He was the coach at Santa Fe Catholic High School in Lakeland, Florida and compiled a 37-5 overall record in two seasons. Lory also coached the Florida Phenom's, an AAU team, for five seasons and has been a personal basketball trainer for five years. He has interned with the University of West Florida where he helped with athletic promotions and marketing while also helping with the women's basketball team. He graduated from Southeastern University with a major in Sports Management and a minor in Physical Education and Coaching. Lory is a USA Basketball Youth Development licensed coach, and he enjoys listening to music, reading and spending time outdoors.
There have been many pillars that have been present during Patrick Cunningham's extremely successful 17-year tenure with AWC Women's Basketball. Not many have been as strong a pillar as Stephanie Jauregui, who has been at Cunningham's side for 16 of those 17 years, making her the 2nd-longest tenured assistant coach in the entire Matador Athletic program. Jauregui signed on with the Lady Matadors in the program's second year of 2000-01, and was an integral part of their drive to Salina and their first-ever NJCAA Tournament berth just one year later. Jauregui also continues to be the team's Strength & Conditioning Coordinator while working in the school's Fitness Center. Before coming to Yuma, Jauregui was making history by leading the Bagdad High School varsity girls' basketball team to the Arizona State Playoffs for the first time in school history. The Lady Sultans made two postseason appearances during her four-year tenure at the helm of the program. Jauregui-or 'Tep' as she's commonly known-was also the head coach for Bagdad's boys' basketball team for two years during that time. A standout during her playing days on the court for the Yavapai Roughriders' women's basketball program, 'Tep' moved on to the University of Arizona, where she earned her Bachelor's Degree. It was during that 2-year stint at YC that Jauregui's work ethic and knowledge of the game first caught the eye of longtime Roughriders' assistant Cunningham, who was inspired to offer her a job on his staff when he came to AWC.