Todd Buchanan enters his first season as an assistant coach for the Arkansas State women's basketball team.
Buchanan brings a wealth of experience to the Red Wolves in a 26-year career that includes head coaching stops at Montevallo, Houston Baptist, Houston and most recently Allen Community College. He has helped teams win six conference or tournament championships, participated in the three NCAA tournaments, one WNIT and two NAIA tournaments.
Buchanan has also played a vital role in the recruitment and development of numerous players who have elevated their basketball skills to successful professional careers both in the WNBA and overseas. Most notably, he helped former Houston Cougar standout Sancho Lyttle become the No. 5 pick in the 2005 WNBA draft. Just a year earlier, Buchanan coached another Cougar standout, Chandi Jones, who was the eighth pick in the 2004 WNBA draft.
During his tenure as Houston’s head coach, he helped Courtney Taylor to CUSA Player of the Year and CUSA Defensive Player of the Year honors. In addition to Taylor, five other Cougars reached CUSA All-Conference status during his tenure, while Roxana Button was a Capital One Academic First-Team All-American during the 2011-12 season.
In his first season leading the Houston women’s basketball program in 2010-11, Buchanan posted an overall record of 26-6, marking the second-most wins in school history, while storming through Conference USA with a perfect 16-0 mark in regular season play, becoming only the second team in league history to achieve the feat.
Buchanan also returned the Cougars back to national prominence as Houston earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament and cracked the top 25 polls for the first time since the 2004-05 season.
Buchanan, who was the lone first-year head coach to take his team to the NCAA Tournament in 2011, was honored as the Conference USA Coach of the Year, marking only the second Houston floor general to garner the accolade, while also being named a WBCA National Coach of the Year finalist.
Prior to his time with the Cougars, Buchanan was the person in charge of the Houston Baptist women’s program where his team won a Red River Athletic Conference regular-season championship, a pair of RRAC Tournament titles and finished in the top 25 twice, including a No. 6 ranking to end the 2005-06 campaign. The Huskies boasted numerous All-America and Academic All-America selections during his tenure.
Prior to his appointment as the head coach at HBU, Buchanan spent five seasons as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the Cougars. His time at UH coincided with the best five-year run in UH women's basketball program history, averaging more than 21 victories a season, including a school-record 28-win campaign in 2003-04. The Cougars also reached the postseason four of the five seasons Buchanan was on staff.
Buchanan spent two seasons (1998-2000) as an assistant coach at East Carolina, after his first head coaching job at the University of Montevallo, where he coached from 1996-98.
Prior to Montevallo, Buchanan had coaching stops at Oral Roberts (1995-96) and at his alma mater of Murray State (1992-95). He has also coached at Lyon Country High School (Eddyville, Ky.), Murray High School (Murray Ky.) and Calloway County Middle and High School (Murray, Ky.)
Buchanan is a 1995 graduate of Murray State, where he earned his bachelor's degree in physical education with a minor in health.
He is a proud father to his 10-year-old son, Colton.