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TVCC picks replacement for Landers

ATHENS, TX (TVCC Sports Information)- Bill Damuth has been named head women's basketball coach at Trinity Valley Community College.

Damuth, in the third year of his second tenure at the college as an assistant coach, was announced as the replacement for Michael Landers in a press conference today at Cardinal Gym.  Landers resigned in late February and Monday will begin his new job as athletic director/head women's basketball coach at Baton Rouge Community College in Baton Rouge, La.

In nine seasons as an assistant coach for the Lady Cardinal basketball program, Damuth saw the program compile a 270-37 record, win three national championships, seven regional championships and eight conference championships.

"TVCC is tremendously fortunate to have Bill Damuth leading the women's basketball program into a new era," TVCC President Dr. Glendon Forgey said in making the announcement. " He has big shoes to fill, a rich tradition and history, but the committee felt he was the best candidate to continue the success of the program."

Forgey said Damuth was selected after an extensive nation-wide search.

"The search committee had an extremely difficult task." Forgey said. "TVCC is the best junior college coaching position in the country.  That is why the college received applications from five coaches who had teams at the national tournament this year.

"When it came down to the final criteria, the committee believed that Bill had the best national contacts to recruit the top talent to play and win championships at TVCC.  Bill has been part of the success at Trinity Valley and knows what it takes to achieve the level of success that is expected."

Damuth is no stranger to leading a program. At the conclusion of the 1999-2000 season, he left TVCC after six years as Kurt Budke's assistant coach to become  the head women's basketball coach at Hill College. He  compiled a 51-12 record there, including a 29-3 mark in his first season.  Hill was ranked as high as 13th nationally and won a conference championship, earning Damuth Coach of the Year honors.

"I am very excited to get this opportunity and am thankful to Dr. Forgey and the committee for the confidence they have shown in me," Damuth said. "Trinity Valley is very special to me and I know how important the program is to the college and the community.

"I want this program to remain the premier junior college program in the nation."

He left Hill to become an assistant coach at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. He returned TVCC in 2006.

"Bill's experience and knowledge of the program and its history will be invaluable in maintaining the level of success the program has achieved," Landers said. "He has been  a very big part of the success we had while I was here and I know Kurt (Budke) feels the same way."

"After meeting with Bill and talking with people around the country, it is obvious that he has a great knowledge and passion for this sport and a commitment to doing things the right way," Forgey said. "His outlook on success goes beyond the court and carries into the classroom and community. He has valuable connections nationally and internationally and his past experience will help to continue this program at the championship level.

"Athletics at TVCC focuses on student success both on and off the field, and I am confident that our national search has identified a new head coach for our women basketball players who will guide them to both athletic and academic excellence."" Damuth is a native of Martins Mill. He received his bachelor's of science and  history degree from the University of Texas at Tyler in 1995. He earned his master's degree in sports science and management from the United States Sports Academy in 1998.

He and wife Michelle have a son and daughter - Dylan and Madison.

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