Women's Basketball Coaches

Patrick Cunningham

Patrick Cunningham

Head Coach
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Patrick Cunningham has led the Lady Matador Basketball program for all 20 years of its existence. The longevity ranks him second in tenure in school history and his 448 career wins make him the third winningest coach across all sports.

Cunningham’s 20th season saw a Lady Matador team beset with injuries battle back in the second half of the season to finish with a four game winning streak, sealing the 20th winning season in program history.

As the only coach in the history of AWC Women’s Basketball, the Matadors have enjoyed 20 winning seasons, 13 playoff appearances, 8 of which landed in the Region I Finals during a pair of 30-win seasons, resulting in one Region I Championship (2002) and a trip to the NJCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Tournament. Under Cunningham the Matadors have consistently been ranked in the NJCAA Women’s Basketball Poll, rising as high as #2. Cunningham’s teams have produced 13 NJCAA All-Americans, 5 State Farm WBCA All-Americans and have helped over 30 student-athletes continue their career at the NJCAA level.

In addition to his coaching duties, Cunningham is a Professor of Economics in the BCIS at Arizona Western College holding a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and Economics from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. He also holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Northern Arizona University.


Jolie Yabuka-Olingende

Jolie Yabuka-Olingende

Assistant Coach

After a stellar Matador career that catapulted her to Division I Robert Morris, Jolie Yabuka-Olingende returns to Arizona Western College for her second season on the bench in 2020-21.

Yabuka earned Region I and ACCAC Player of the Year awards and was named an NJCAA All-American in 2011-12 after dominating the glass in her sophomore season at AWC. A force on the inside, Yabuka finished third in the conference in scoring and second in rebounding while registering 13 double-doubles in her final 16 games as a Matador.

Yabuka brings years of knowledge crafted by competing at the highest level to Coach Patrick Cunningham’s staff helping him mold the current crop of student-athletes. Yabuka also uses that experience in helping to recruit future Matadors.

Another part of her duties on the AWC staff will also be to help mentor current student-athletes academically.

In addition to her coaching duties, Jolie also works in the financial aid department at AWC working with all student-athletes.


Daryl Harrison

Daryl Harrison

Assistant Coach

Daryl Harrison begins his third season as an assistant coach for Lady Matador Basketball. An Army Veteran, Harrison began his 23 year coaching career on the club circuit in California before shifting his attention to high school basketball in the ultra-competitive San Diego area.

Experienced with both boy’s and girl’s basketball programs, Harrison has helped develop numerous professional athletes helping them reach the highest ranks.

Since moving to Yuma in 2009, Harrison has had an impact on all levels of amateur basketball and continues to serve as a director for Phenom America.

In just two seasons at AWC, Harrison has already mentored four All-Conference selections and assists in all recruiting and player development.


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.


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