Kenya Larkin-Landers enters her second season as an assistant coach on the LSU women’s basketball staff. She joined the Lady Tigers prior to the 2008-09 season after serving three seasons in the same capacity at Oklahoma State.
Landers, 29, joined the OSU staff in 2005 and was instrumental in helping lead the Cowgirls to consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances in 2007 and 2008. In 2008, OSU reached the Sweet 16 before falling to LSU, 67-52, in the New Orleans Regional Semifinal.
Prior to her tenure at OSU, Landers began her coaching career at Trinity Valley Community College. In her first season on the staff, she helped guide the Lady Cardinals to a 32-3 mark, collecting regional and conference titles along the way.
Landers played professionally overseas for two seasons, leading her squad to the Israeli Women’s League playoffs twice. She was third in the league in scoring during her first season and was tabbed as the league’s point guard of the year. She was also named an all-league selection both years.
The Duncanville, Texas, native began her collegiate playing career at Trinity Valley where she starred for two seasons at point guard. As a freshman, she directed the Lady Cardinals to a 36-0 mark and the 1999 National Junior College Athletic Association national championship.
Rated as the fourth-best junior college point guard as a sophomore, Landers led Trinity Valley to a 24-6 mark and the Region XIV title on her way to garnering first-team all-region, and first-team all-conference honors before moving on to the University of Texas.
Landers played in each of the Longhorns’ 65 games during her two seasons in Austin, starting 62 times and leading the squad in assists both years. She started all 32 games as a senior to help Texas reach the Sweet 16.
Landers finished her Longhorn career with 443 points, 195 assists and 97 steals before being invited to the 2002 WNBA Pre-Draft Camp.
She earned her bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Texas in 2002. Landers is married to Michael Landers, who is the Athletic Director and women’s basketball head coach at Baton Rouge Community College.
Landers’ mother, Dinia Johnson, and her sister, Maya Johnson, 14, reside in Duncanville, Texas. Her 19-year-old brother, Corey, is a junior in college.
THE LARKIN-LANDERS FILE
Birthdate: March 13, 1980
Hometown: Duncanville, Texas
College: Texas, 2002
1998-2000 Trinity Valley Community College
2000-02 University of Texas
2003-04 European Pro Leagues (Israel)
2004-05 Assistant Coach – Trinity Valley Community College
2005-08 Assistant Coach – Oklahoma State
2008-present Assistant Coach – LSU