Women's Basketball Coaches

Patrick Cunningham

Patrick Cunningham

Head Coach
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Seventeen consecutive seasons of 17 wins or more and 19 straight years of Patrick Cunningham leading the program to success. Now in year 20, 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, 8 Region I Finals appearances, 13 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 20 years of existence, the Matadors have produced 13 NJCAA All-American players, 5 State Farm WBCA All-Americans, 5 NJCAA All-Academic Honorees 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.


Alan Pruitt

Alan Pruitt

Strength & Conditioning Coach

Alan Pruitt is entering his second season as as their strength and conditioning coach for the Lady Mats. He is a fitness professional and certified personal trainer who started his fitness career at Arizona Western College in 2013. Coach Pruitt holds multiple national athletic coaching certifications in adaptive sports, running, indoor rowing, swimming, and sports performance. He graduated from the University of Phoenix and is a graduate student at American Military University in exercise science and human performance. Originally from Georgia, and retired from the US Marine Corps, he has called Yuma home since 2007.


Daryl Harrison

Daryl Harrison

Assistant Coach

Daryl Harrison is entering his second season with the Lady Matador basketball program. Harrison started his coaching career by coaching club basketball in 1996 with the Runnin Rebels Basketball program out of San Diego after getting out of the Army. He coached at a few different High Schools throughout San Diego and worked with both boy’s and girl’s programs. A California native, Harrison moved to Yuma in 2009. He became the girl's JV assistant coach at Yuma High from 2015-2017. Coach Harrison is also a director for Phenom America. He helps scout both the playersand coaches that are invitied, and he also coaches at each of the national camps held in San Diego. Daryl has three children, daughters Brittany and Paiton and a son Tanner, and 2 grandchildren.


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