Madonna Thompson begins her 19th year as head coach of the Shelton State Community College Lady Buccaneers. Her overall record is 481-123 (79.6%). She has led the program to 16 consecutive 20-win seasons, with 8 of those eclipsing the 30 win mark. Her Lady Bucs won the AJCCC Division II Conference Championship in both 2000 and 2002 and finished runner-up in 2003 and 2004. The 2000 team advanced to the NJCAA Final Four, finishing 4th in the nation. After restructuring the conference, the Lady Bucs went on to win the ACCC Division I Conference Championship in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, and finished runner-up in 2005. This past season, the 2016 team had a record of 34-2, with the 2 losses coming from the runner-up and the national champions of the NJCAA Tournament. This team advanced to the NJCAA Final Four with a final ranking of #3 in the nation. Coach Thompson has not only won numerous Coach of the Year awards, but two Alberta Lee Cox Sportsmanship Awards (2009 and 2013), and has sent 70 players to 4-year institutions, at every level, to continue their education and playing careers. Madonna Thompson is a native of Collinwood, Tennessee. Coach Thompson played for Coach Rick Moody at the University of Alabama from 1992-1995, and was a member of the 1994 NCAA Final Four team. Coach Thompson earned a Master’s of Science from the University in Speech-Language Pathology.
Chris Sanford enters his 16th season with the Lady Buccaneers with an impressive record of 427-83 (83.7%), ten championships (2002, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2016), and three runner-up finishes (2003, 2004, 2005). Coach Chris has helped the Lady Bucs reach at least 20 wins each year in his tenure, with 8 of those teams making the 30-win mark. A native of Glencoe, Alabama, Coach Chris graduated from the University of Alabama in 1999 with a B.A. in History. He worked at the University of Alabama Golf Center for 10 years serving as the Assistant Golf Professional. Coach Chris is married to Christa Grizzle Sanford, Shelton State’s cheerleading coach.