2017-18 Women's Basketball Coaches
Whitney Corley took the reins of the Lady Builder Basketball program prior to the 2015-16 season. After serving the first half of the season in an interim role, Corley was officially named Head Coach in January, 2016.
Corley spent the 2014-15 season as an Assistant Coach for the Lady Builders following a six-year stint as an Assistant Coach at Garden City Community College, where her primary role was perimeter player skill development, as well as general program development including recruiting, game planning, student-athlete academics, and film exchange. Corley also coordinated the highly successful GCCC summer basketball camps.
Corley was crucial in the recruitment and development of several highly-accomplished student-athletes in the Broncbuster women’s basketball program. During her time at GCCC, Corley recruited and coached the program’s first-ever conference Player of the Year, two conference Freshman of the Year selections, 10 all-conference selections, eight all-region selections, the leading scorer in program history and NJCAA All-American Tamara Jones, and assisted 15 student-athletes in moving on to four-year colleges and universities on basketball scholarships.
Before joining the coaching staff at Garden City, Corley spent two seasons as the graduate-assistant coach for the women's basketball program at Fort Hays State University. While earning a master’s degree, Corley gained valuable experience as a classroom instructor in the Health and Human Performance department at FHSU.
A native of Mooreland, Oklahoma, Corley played college basketball at Southwestern College from 2003-2005 where she averaged better than 16 points per game over the final two seasons of her decorated career. Corley was named an NAIA Division II All-American as a senior and was the 2005 Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Year. She holds records at Southwestern College for most 3-point field goals made in a game (10), most 3-point field goals made in a season (114), and is in the top 10 for most 3-point field goals made in a career (210). She was named twice to both the All-KCAC Teams and Academic All-Conference Teams. Corley was also an instrumental part of the Southwestern team that reached the NAIA Division II National Tournament in 2004, which was the program’s first trip to the national tournament.
Corley began her college playing career at Northern Oklahoma College in Tonkawa, Oklahoma. From 2001-2003, Corley was a leading scorer at 13 points a game. She earned All-Region II honors in her second season with the Mavericks. Corley also earned prestigious accolades throughout her career at Mooreland High School as she was named to the Oklahoma Girls Basketball All-State Team in 2001.
Corley earned a bachelor’s degree in Health and Physical Education from Southwestern College in 2006 and a master’s degree in Athletic Administration at Fort Hays State University in 2008.
Chris Burks joined the Lady Builder staff prior to the 2017-18 season. He came to Southwestern after a one-year stint at NCAA Div. III Schreiner University in Kerrrville, Texas, where he helped lead the Mountaineers to the semifinal round of the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament as an assistant during the 2016-17 season.
Burks joined the Schreiner staff in August, 2016 after a stint as a Sports Information intern at the University of Mary Hardin Baylor. During Burks' first season, the Mountaineers pulled off a late-season charge, winning seven of their last 11 games to earn a berth in the SCAC championship tournament. Schreiner knocked off fifth-seeded Southwestern (Texas) in the opening round of the tournament, but fell to top-seeded Trinity in the semifinal round.
Burks' career as a collegiate basketball player started at NCAA Div. I Alabama A&M. He later transferred to NAIA Wayland Baptist University before making his final stop at NCAA Div. III Mary Hardin Baylor, where he was part of the team's national championship run during the 2012-13 season. UMHB finished that season with a 27-6 record, and was ranked No. 2 in the final NCAA Div. III national poll.
Burks is motivated to help as many student-athletes as he can, providing them with as many opportunities and skills as he is able, to ensure student-athletes succeed in life after basketball.