HATTIESBURG, Miss. Just a few weeks after Doc Sadler resigned as head coach of the Southern Miss men's basketball program, Athletic Director Jeremy McClain has already lined up his replacement.
USM will hire Southeastern Louisiana head coach Jay Ladner as the next head coach of the Golden Eagles program. Jeff Goodman of Stadium first reported the news.
Ladner is a Hattiesburg native, playing at Southern Miss from 1984 to 1988. He was a member of the Golden Eagles 1987 NIT Championship team. He began his coaching career as the head basketball coach at St. Stanislaus, coaching the Rockachaws for almost 20 seasons. Ladner also coached at his alma mater, Oak Grove, before taking over at Jones Junior College as the head men's basketball coach. He complied a 511-189 high school coaching record.
He led Jones to a junior college national championship during his time in Ellisville, guiding the Bobcats to a 33-5 record during the 2013-14 season. Jones became the first school in tournament history to win five games in five days to win the championship.
Ladner then accepted the head coaching job at Southeastern Louisiana, helping the Lions go from 9 wins to 16 wins in his first three years with the program. He guided SELA to the Southland Championship in 2018, as well as a berth in the NIT.