Landers’ legacy engraved in Lady Cardinals program

With or without a national championship this year, an era in Trinity Valley basketball is ending.

Lady Cardinals coach Michael Landers will become the head basketball coach at Baton Rouge Community College.

His players agree, landers engraved dominance into the Lady Cardinals program.

"This is the best place in the country to be the women's basketball coach at," Coach Landers told KLTV.

"He's the best coach a player could ever play for," sophomore forward Jasmine Nelson said.

Under head coach Michael Landers, Trinity Valley won a national title in 2004 and made it nationals five of the last eight years.

"That's another reason why I like playing for him and this program," guard DeShawna Banks, "because it's so many successes behind the name."

Landers is moving on to Baton Rouge to be closer to his wife an assistant coach with LSU.

His final tournament appearance with the Lady Cardinals is bittersweet.

"People all over the community, they love their Lady Cardinals and they treat our kids so well and they've treated me so wonderfully since I've been here," Landers said.

Over the years Landers convinced players from South Africa and Latvia to play ball in Athens, Texas. He gave players like Region XIV Tournament MVP Jasmine Nelson a chance when her future was in doubt. A new Orleans native, Jasmine evacuated when Hurricane Katrina hit.

"I met Coach Landers when he came to my home," Jasmine. "I was surprised. I had no idea. I'm very thankful. I mean there's no more that I could ask for. I'm getting a free education, free basketball and I'm having fun at it."

Landers convinced Shannon Bobbit she could play college ball. She went on to win two national titles at Tennessee and now plays for the LA Sparks.

"It gives me a lot of hope to know that a lot of people from this program have moved on and become very successful people," post Chynna Burwell said.

"He (Landers) is going to get you somewhere where you can be successful in the future, not just for here," DeShawna Banks said.

That is the legacy landers is most proud of, that he helped dozens of young ladies reach higher.

"It's just been a pleasure to say that I've been the women's basketball coach at Trinity Valley," Landers said.