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Another college basketball season is upon us, and fans will have an opportunity tonight to meet and greet the 2013-14 editions of the Paris Junior College men’s and women’s basketball teams.
Men’s head coach Chuck Taylor and women’s head coach Michael Madrid will introduce their teams to the community with an “October Madness” event starting at 7 p.m. at the Hunt Center on the PJC campus.
Members of both the men’s and women’s teams will compete in a 3-point contest, as well as a slam dunk contest, there will be crowd give-aways, and both the men’s and women’s teams will have “Green vs. White” intrasquad scrimmages.
“We hope our fans will come out and show their support and have a lot of fun with it,” Taylor said.
“This is an opportunity to express our school spirit and allow the community to get to know us better. If you like basketball, you’ll like October Madness,” Taylor said.
“We may have to lower the goals a bit for the slam dunk contest for the girls,” Madrid said.
Madrid was brought in over the summer to succeed Sean LeBeauf, who resigned to become an assistant coach at the University of Arizona. He spent the last three years as an assistant coach at Texas Woman’s University in Denton.
“October Madness is a great opportunity for the community as well as our student body to come out and get a glimpse of our Lady Dragons and Dragons basketball teams and see the results of the hard work they’ve been putting in,” Madrid said.
“It will get the community, the athletes and the student body in general excited about basketball season,” he added.
For more information about October Madness, call PJC at 903-782-0218.
For both men’s and women’s junior college teams, the season officially begins on Nov. 1.
The Dragons’ first games are Nov. 2-3 in a tournament at Collin County Community College in Plano. PJC will play South Plains College on Saturday, Nov. 2, and Collin County on Sunday, Nov. 3.
The following day, Monday, Nov. 4, the Lady Dragons open their season at home against Arkansas Baptist.
Two days later, on Wednesday, Nov. 6, both the Lady Dragons and Dragons will play in the Hunt Center — the women taking on Eastern Oklahoma State College and the men playing Oklahoma Baptist JV.
By Charles Richards, eParisExtra
Lady Dragons Head Coach Michael Madrid
Michael Madrid is fulfilling a lifelong ambition in becoming the women’s basketball coach at Paris Junior College. He comes to PJC after three years as assistant women’s basketball coach at Texas Woman’s University.
“I’m looking forward to having the opportunity to lead a program, to be able to work with these student-athletes and watch them grow,” Madrid said.
“I think the best thing about being a coach is the leadership role and relationships formed along the way. I enjoy the challenge of helping student-athletes be successful. It’s an evolving process.”
At TWU, Madrid helped the Pioneers win their first Lone Star Conference tournament championship in any sport when they beat Central Oklahoma in 2011 to advance to the NCAA South Central Region tournament.
He began his coaching career at New Mexico’s Portales High School, helping the team win the 2001 Class 3A championship. After a year at Lubbock Estacado as freshman coach he coached for two years at Lubbock High.
Madrid spent five years at Lubbock Christian University under women’s head coach Steve Gomez, one as a graduate assistant and four as an assistant coach.
Madrid has a bachelor’s degree in special education and a master’s in sports administration from Eastern New Mexico University. He earned his master’s in education administration from Lubbock Christian University in 2007.
Assistant Lady Dragons Coach Shakira Nettles
Shakira Nettles, a native of Mobile, Ala., is in her second year as Paris Junior College’s assistant women’s basketball coach.
Nettles comes to PJC from Pensacola State College in Pensacola, Fla., where she was the assistant coach for the Lady Pirates during the 2011-2012 season. She helped lead the Lady Pirates to a state championship and a trip to the National Junior College Athletic Association Final Four, finishing third in the nation with a 29-5 record.
Her collegiate playing career was at the University of South Alabama, where she was a four-year letter-winner and three-year starter for the Lady Jaguars. One of the top guards in the Sunbelt Conference, she earned second and third team all conference (junior and senior years).
Nettles ended her career at USA by becoming the 18th Lady Jag to eclipse the 1,000-point mark and ranked 12th on USA’s all-time scoring list with 1,024. She was also in the top 10 in three-point field goals (146) and three-point field goal percentage (.339).
A graduate of Baker High School, Nettle led the Hornets to a 27-5 record her senior year and also holds a school record in all categories. She earned her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Exercise Science in June 2010 from the University of South Alabama.
LADY DRAGONS BASKETBALL TEAM
Fort Worth, Texas
New Orleans, La.
Dragons Head Coach Chuck Taylor
Chuck Taylor returned to Paris from his most recent job as associate head coach at the University of South Alabama in Mobile. (He was assistant coach under Bill Foy at PJC from 2000 to 2002.) In Taylor’s three seasons at USA, he helped the Jaguars win the Sun Belt Conference championship and an at-large bid in 2007-08 to the NCAA Tournament.
In 2008-09, he helped USA to another 20-win season and finishing as Sun Belt Conference Tournament runner-up. In 2009-10 Taylor helped USA beat 18th-ranked Florida and Arkansas out of the Southeastern Conference.
He had an overall record of 63-33 in three seasons with USA.
While Taylor was assistant coach at the University of North Texas, the Mean Green won the 2006-07 Sun Belt Tournament and an NCAA Tournament berth. UNT won a school record 23 games that season.
Taylor served as head basketball coach of Richland College (in the Dallas County Community College District) in 2005-06, leading his team to a 24-8 record and the Metro Conference Championship. The team ranked third in the final NJCAA poll and was Region V Tournament runner-up.
Prior to Richland College, Taylor was an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Texas A&M – Corpus Christi from 2002-05. He helped the Islanders to a 20-8 record in 2004-05 – the first 20-win season in school history – including wins over Baylor, Texas Christian University and Florida State.
While assistant coach at PJC, he helped the Dragons to a 44-20 (68.8 percent) mark. They were the Region XIV Conference Tournament runners-up in 2002. In fact, during his coaching career, Taylor has worked for two coaches, Ronnie Arrow and Foy, who have won national championships on the junior college level.
His overall record at PJC is 61-32, while his overall record as a college head coach is 85-40.
He was named Region XIV Coach of the Year for 2011-2012 after the PJC Dragons won the regular season conference title with a record of 24-7. In his four years of being a head coach, he has won two conference titles.
Taylor also has coached an All American in T.J. Taylor, who won third team, and DeMarcus Richardson, who was on the All-Conference academic team.
Taylor and his wife Claudette have two daughters, Cydni, 13, and Czaria, 10.
Dragons Assistant Coach Bilal Batley
“I am grateful to have the opportunity to work under my mentor, Coach Chuck Taylor,” he said. “I am looking forward to successfully contributing my efforts to Paris Junior College.”
Batley was as an assistant basketball coach at Navarro College from 2010 to 2012. The 2011-2012 team won the Region XIV tournament championship and made a national tournament appearance. The 2010-2011 team achieved a 20-win season and an All Academic Team Award, earning above a 3.0 grade point average.
In 2009, Coach John Lucas hired Batley as head of player development with his company, John Lucas Resources. Batley specialized in skill development, working with basketball players to prepare them for the NBA Draft, and with veteran NBA players looking to improve their skill sets. Batley also assisted in the Life Skills Department, which helps players excel in the community and become better people.
Batley was an assistant director of basketball operations at the University of Kentucky in 2009. The Kentucky staff was responsible for assembling the number one recruiting class in the nation, and accomplished an Elite Eight appearance. Batley held the same role the previous year at the University of Memphis, when the team earned a Sweet 16 appearance.
Batley was a graduate assistant coach at Indiana University in 2007-2008. The Hoosiers had a successful season led by future NBA players such as Eric Gordon, Jordan Crawford, and D.J. White.
Batley was a student basketball manager at the University of Oklahoma from 2004 to 2006, making two NCAA tournament appearances and helping the Sooners earn a Big XII Conference Championship.
Overall, Batley has been a part of five 20-win seasons, two conference championships, four NCAA tournament appearances, including a Sweet 16 appearance, nine NBA first round picks, four NBA lottery picks, the number one NCAA Recruiting Class in the nation, and has worked with over 75 NBA players.
Batley earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Oklahoma in 2007.
DRAGONS BASKETBALL TEAM
Grand Prairie, Texas
Glenn Dale, Md.
West Palm Beach, Fla.
Manager, Assistant Coach
Women’s Basketball 2013-14 Schedule
|10/11||Women’s JUCO Showcase||Frisco, TX||TBA||Scrimmage|
|10/19||SAWBC Super Scrimmage||Carrolton, TX||TBA||Scrimmage|
|10/26||Southern Arkansas University||Paris, TX||12 p.m.||Scrimmage|
|11/4||Arkansas Baptist||Paris, TX||6 p.m.|
|11/6||Eastern OK State College||Wilburton, Okla.||6 p.m.|
|11/9||TBA (Homecoming)||Paris, TX||4 p.m.|
|11/11||Murray State||Tishomingo, OK||5:30 p.m.|
|11/15||McLennan College||Paris, TX||5:30 p.m.|
|11/18||Murray State||Paris, TX||5:30 p.m.|
|Bossier Parish Classic
vs. Southern U. of Shreveport
vs. Baton Rouge CC
|Bossier City, LA||2 p.m.
|11/26||Ranger College||Ranger, TX||5:30 p.m.|
|12/2||Arkansas Baptist||Little Rock, AR||6 p.m.|
|12/4||Trinity Valley||Athens, TX||5:30 p.m.|
|12/7||Tyler Junior College||Paris, TX||2 p.m.|
|12/11||Bossier Parish||Paris, TX||5:30 p.m.|
McLennan Community College
|Waco, TX||12 p.m.
|1/8||Jacksonville College||Paris, TX||5:30 p.m.|
|1/11||Kilgore College||Kilgore, TX||2 p.m.|
|1/15||Angelina College||Paris, TX||5:30 p.m.|
|1/18||Jacksonville College||Jacksonville, TX||2 p.m.|
|1/22||Bossier Parish||Bossier, LA||5:30 p.m.|
|1/29||San Jacinto College||Houston, TX||5:30 p.m.|
|2/1||Panola College||Paris, TX||4 p.m.|
|2/5||Blinn College||Brenham, TX||5:30 p.m.|
|2/8||Angelina College||Lufkin, TX||4 p.m.|
|2/12||San Jacinto College||Paris, TX||5:30 p.m.|
|2/15||Kilgore College||Paris, TX||2 p.m.|
|2/19||Tyler Junior College||Tyler, TX||5:30 p.m.|
|2/22||Trinity Valley||Paris, TX||2 p.m.|
|2/26||Panola College||Carthage, TX||5:30 p.m.|
|3/1||Blinn College||Paris, TX||4 p.m.|
|3/4-8||Region XIV Tourney||UT-Tyler||TBA|
|3/17-22||NJCAA National Tourney||Salina, KS||TBA|
|BOLD denotes a conference game.|
Men’s Basketball 2013-14 Schedule
|10/5||Mullens Shootout||Flower Mound, TX||TBA||Scrimmage|
|Dallas, TX||11:30 a.m.
|10/29||Texas A&M — Commerce||Commerce, TX||5 p.m.||Scrimmage|
|11/2||South Plains College||Plano, TX||12 p.m.|
|11/3||Collin County Community College||Plano, TX||8 p.m.|
|11/6||Oklahoma Baptist JV||Paris, TX||7 p.m.|
|11/9||North Lake College||Paris, TX||7 p.m.|
|11/11||Murray State||Tishomingo, OK||7 p.m.|
|11/15||Coffeyville||Athens, TX||5:30 p.m.|
|11/16||Trinity Valley||Athens, TX||2 p.m.|
|11/18||Murray State||Paris, TX||7 p.m.|
|11/20||Texas Wesleyan JV||Paris, TX||7 p.m.|
|11/23||Eastfield College||Paris, TX||2 p.m.|
|11/26||Blinn College||Paris, TX||7 p.m.|
|12/4||Coast Bend||Beeville, TX||7 p.m.|
|12/7||San Jacinto College||Paris, TX||4 p.m.|
|12/11||Lamar – PA||Port Arthur, TX||7:30 p.m.|
|1/4||Angelina College||Lufkin, TX||6 p.m.|
|1/7||Jacksonville College||Paris, TX||7:30 p.m.|
|1/11||Lee College||Baytown, TX||6 p.m.|
|1/15||Bossier Parish||Bossier City, LA||7 p.m.|
|1/18||Navarro College||Paris, TX||6 p.m.|
|1/22||Kilgore College||Kilgore, TX||7:30 p.m.|
|1/25||Tyler Junior College||Paris, TX||4 p.m.|
|1/29||Trinity Valley||Athens, TX||7:30 p.m.|
|2/1||Panola College||Paris, TX||6 p.m.|
|2/8||Navarro College||Corsicana, TX||6 p.m.|
|2/12||Bossier Parish||Paris, TX||7 p.m.|
|2/15||Kilgore College||Paris, TX||4 p.m.|
|2/19||Tyler Junior College||Tyler TX||7:30 p.m.|
|2/22||Trinty Valley||Paris, TX||4 p.m.|
|2/26||Panola College||Carthage, TX||7:30 p.m.|
|3/1||East Texas Flight||Paris, TX||6 p.m.|
|3/6-10||Region XIV Tourney||Tyler Junior College|
|NJCAA Nationals||Hutchinson, KS|
|BOLD denotes a conference game.|