University of Kansas - Women's Basketball

University of Kansas Women's Basketball

Coaching Staff

Larry Tidwell | Associate Head Coach

Kansas head women’s basketball coach Brandon Schneider announced the addition of Larry Tidwell as associate head coach on May 6, 2019.

Tidwell comes to Lawrence after one season at Texas Tech. Prior to Lubbock, Tidwell spent five seasons as the head coach at UT-Rio Grande Valley.

In his five years at UTRGV, Tidwell’s teams have broken 117 program records and tied 83 others.

He became the fourth head coach to be the winningest head coach at two NCAA Division I institutions, along with Texas A&M’s Gary Blair (Texas A&M and Arkansas), Air Force’s Chris Gobrecht (Washington and Yale) and retired Jane Albright (Northern Illinois and Wisconsin). Tidwell ranked second in UTRGV history in nonconference wins (47), nonconference home wins (30), and conference home winning percentage (.611).

When Tidwell started at Lamar in 2007-08, he took over a team that hadn’t had a winning record since 1994-95 and recorded a winning record every year, including four seasons of 20 or more wins and five seasons of 19 or more wins. He has reached double-figures in conference wins five times, always finishing at least .500.

Tidwell led the Cardinals to a 26-8 record (13-3 Southland), the second-highest win total in program history, and the 2010 NCAA Tournament after winning the Southland Conference Co-Championship and the Southland Conference Tournament Championship, en route to earning Texas Association of Basketball Coaches Coach of the Year honors. In 2012-13, Tidwell led the Cardinals to a 22-11 record (12-6 Southland) and a spot in the WBI (Women’s Basketball Invitational) Quarterfinals.

Tidwell was the winningest head coach in Lamar history, going 128-66 (.660) overall, including a 66-32 (.673) record in conference play. That’s an average record of 21-11, including 11-5 in conference play.

He has shown off his recruiting prowess time and again, as two of his recuriting classes have been ranked in the top 10. He’s also had six in the top 20 and 12 in the top 50. In total, Tidwell has had 21 recruiting classes in the top 100 in the nation. He is credited with helping sign, develop and coach 40 student-athletes who have gone on to play professionally, including WNBA players Sandora Irvin (Phoenix/San Antonio/Chicago), Natasha Lacy (Detroit/Tulsa/Los Angeles), Adrianne Ross (San Antonio), Danielle Crockrum (San Antonio/Utah) and 2008 Olympian Tamara Abalde.

Prior to joining Lamar, Tidwell spent eight years as the associate head coach and recruiting coordinator at TCU in Fort Worth. The Horned Frogs made the NCAA Tournament in each of his final seven seasons, including five trips to the second round. TCU also won the 2001 Western Athletic Conference Tournament Championship and the 2003 and 2005 Conference USA Tournament Championships.

Tidwell began his coaching career at the high school level in Texas, leading Frisco High School from 1976-77 and 1981-83, and Schulenburg High School from 1984-92. After spending six years as an assistant coach at Baylor, Tidwell returned to high school for one year, as the head coach and athletic director at Mexia High School. In 12 seasons at Texas high schools, Tidwell made 10 playoff appearances, earned nine district coach of the year awards, and posted an overall record of 289-83 (.777).

While at Baylor, Tidwell helped to lay the seeds of a turnaround for the program by bringing in two top 25 recruiting classes as the Bears broke the .500 mark in 1996-97 for the first time since 1983-84, going 15-13. The Bears then went 20-11 in 1997-98.

During the 1971-1972 academic year, Tidwell played football and basketball at TCU before transferring to Austin College, where he earned three letters in football, three in baseball and two in track & field. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in 1975 and 1976, respectively.

In July 2004, he was inducted into the Austin College Hall of Fame, and the year before that, he earned a place in the Sanger High School Hall of Fame.

In July 2010, Tidwell was honored with the distinguished Kedric Couch – Austin College Alumni – Coach of the Year Award. A year later (2011), Tidwell received the opportunity to served as the head coach of the national women’s basketball team of the Bahamas, guiding them to a fifth-place finish at the Caribbean Basketball Championships.

In 2014, Tidwell was honored by Austin College with the Joe Spencer Award for Career Achievement in coaching and teaching. This is the highest award that Austin College bestows upon its alumni. Tidwell has been honored three times by the Austin College Athletic Department and is the only person in the 165-year history of the institution to earn that much recognition.

Married to the former Teresa Ann Davis of Sanger, a retired special-needs teacher in the Crowley Independent School District, the couple has three sons, Marc, Marty and Michael. They have three daughter in-laws, Kristin , Michele and Chris, two granddaughters, Ryan and Skylar, and three grandsons, Matthew, William, and Waylon.

Damitria Buchanan | Assistant Coach

Damitria Buchanan enters her fifth season as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for Kansas women’s basketball after head coach Brandon Schneider added her to his staff on May 4, 2015.

With the Jayhawks, Buchanan manages and oversees the day-to-day recruiting operations as the recruiting coordinator for head coach Brandon Schneider and his staff. She coordinates all recruiting correspondence and recruiting social media needs.

Buchanan helped piece together the 2019 signing class ranked No. 31 in the nation by Dan Olson Collegiate Girls Report, which is the third-highest ranking among Big 12 Conference programs.

During the 2017-18 signing period, Buchanan helped Schneider and the Jayhawks ink their second five-star recruit in four seasons with the signing of Brooklyn Mitchell.

Buchanan joined the Jayhawks after spending the 2013-15 seasons at Texas Tech. While in Lubbock, Buchanan mentored the front court and assisted with scouting, recruiting and academics. With the Lady Raiders, Buchanan played an integral part in helping land one of their most promising recruiting classes in 2014 after just one year on the South Plains.

Prior to her two-year stint with the Lady Raiders, Buchanan was a part of the coaching staff at Stephen F. Austin under Schneider. She mentored Porsha Roberts to multiple all-conference accolades, including Southland Conference Freshman of the Year and all-conference second team as a sophomore.

Buchanan helped guide the Ladyjacks to the Southland Conference Tournament Championship and a 23-win season in 2011-12. The increase in 11 wins from the 2010-11 season (12) to 2011-12 (23) was tied for the sixth-biggest turnaround in the nation.

After receiving her bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M, Buchanan remained in the College Station area to pursue a master’s degree while serving as a teacher and coach at A&M Consolidated Middle School.

During her playing days, Buchanan helped guide the Aggies to three Big 12 Conference titles and four top-25 finishes, including top-10 finishes in each of her final three seasons. Buchanan was named team captain during her senior season, and was a two-time All-Big 12 First Team selection.

Jhasmin Player | Assistant Coach

Jhasmin Player enters her first season as an assistant coach on Brandon Schneider’s staff 2019-20.

Prior to joining the Jayhawks, Player spent a season with LMU women’s basketball. During her first year with the Lions, Player helped LMU return to postseason play for the first time since 2001 after the Lions were selected for the 2019 WNIT.

Before coming to LMU, Player spent two seasons at the University of Maine where she held numerous positions including, director of operations, assistant coach and recruiting coordinator.

Player worked under America East Coach of the Year, Amy Vachon and Richard Barron. While at Maine, Player was in charge of guard skill development, liaison to the training room, equipment room and academic support. Player also helped organize & run Maine’s WBB summer camps.

In 2018, Player led the Maine Black Bears to the America East regular season title and the America East Tournament Championship. With a 23-9 record and 15 seed, the Black Bears made their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2004. In 2017, Maine finished with a 18-16 record and played in the America East Championship game where they fell to University at Albany.

As the guard coach at Maine, Player was very instrumental in the development of America East Award recognized players, as four players were named to All-Conference teams during her time.

Prior to her second stint at Maine, Player spent five seasons in Europe playing professional basketball, giving her an advantage when recruiting internationally. Player played in Portugal, Spain and Poland. Player rewrote European record books in 2014, after averaging 39.9 points per game. Player also spent one season with the WNBA Franchise, Atlanta Dream.

Player returned to Maine where she spent the 2011-13 seasons working with individual skill development as well as serving as the team’s liaison to strength and conditioning and the equipment and scout team director. Player helped recruit in Maine’s nine-member 2012 class which was ranked as the No. 36 class that year by Blue Star Basketball, which produced a pair of America East regular season championships.

A native of Bay City, Texas Player graduated from Baylor University in 2009. Player was a four-year member for the Bears’ basketball team, earning captain honors her junior and senior seasons. At Baylor, Player guided the team to four NCAA tournament appearances and a 2009 Big 12 Tournament Championship.  Player was named to the Big 12 All-Tournament Team in 2009 and also earned Big 12 All-Defensive Team and Second-Team All-Conference honors during her collegiate career.