Antowin Edwards enters his third season at the helm of Lady Trojans basketball. Last year he guided the program to the most wins in seven years. In 2014-15, the Lady Trojans finished at 12-19, a 10-game improvement from the previous season. The biggest accomplishment was watching six out of his eight sophomores graduate. The Lady Trojans were also an NJCAA All-Academic Team with a 3.19 team grade point average, the second time in as many years his teams were recognized academically. The 2013-2014 had a team GPA of 3.24. In his coaching career, Coach Edwards has helped 21 sophomores move on to four-year institutions and continue their playing careers.
Prior to Colby, Coach Edwards spent four years rebuilding the Lady Spartans program of Colorado Northwestern Community College. In his last season he guided the team to 14 wins, which were the most in 14 seasons. While at Colorado Northwestern Community College, six players were All-Region selections and nine players received All-Academic recognition.
Coach Edwards began his coaching career in 1999 at Park University under current athletics director Claude English and remained on staff when Jason Kline took over the Pirate men’s basketball program in 2004. Edwards coached 10 seasons as an assistant, pulling double-duty for seven of those years by coaching at Park Hill High School. At Park Hill he had an opportunity to coach the lower levels and gain valuable leadership and instructional experience.
In addition, Coach Edwards has worked several camps and clinics throughout his career. He also directed and coached the Northland Kings AAU Youth Basketball Program, watching several players move on to compete at the NCAA D-II, NAIA I and II, and NJCAA levels.
Coach Edwards played 3 seasons at Park College (now Park University). He played for Claude English and was a member of three consecutive 19-win teams that fell one game short of making the NAIA National Tournament.
Coach Edwards holds a master’s degree in education and bachelor’s degrees in human services and criminal justice, all from Park University.
He is married to Jamila Edwards. They have one beautiful daughter, Brianna, and one handsome son, “A.J. (Antowin Jr.).
Coleman Bender is in his first season with the Colby Community College women’s basketball program. His duties include guard development, and assisting with scouting and recruiting.
A native of Lawrence, Miss., Coach Bender served honorably and retired from the United States Army after 20 years of service as a small arms repairer and facility manager.
During his coaching career, Coach Bender served as an assistant for the All Army Women’s Basketball team. In 2014 helped guide them to a gold medal in the Armed Forces tournament and was selected to be an assistant on the All Armed Forces Women’s Basketball Team to represent Team USA in Angers, France for the Military World Championships. Coach Bender has also served as the assistant boy’s basketball coach at Fayetteville Christian Academy and Petersburg High School in Petersburg, Virginia. In addition, he watched his players move on to compete at the NJCAA and NCAA levels as coach of the Fast Break All Starz, Fayetteville Hurricanes, and North Carolina Celtics AAU Youth basketball teams.
Coach Bender earned a master’s degree in sports management from Liberty University and a bachelor’s degree in technical management from Devry University.
He has one daughter named Alexas.