Eustachy named head coach at Southern Miss
Hattiesburg, MS (Sports Network) – Southern Mississippi has named Larry
Eustachy its new men’s basketball coach.
Terms of his contract are subject to the approval of the school’s board.
Eustachy was the head coach at Iowa State until resigning during the 2002-03
season after he was photographed holding a beer can and kissing a female
student on the cheek in a Columbia, Missouri apartment following a loss to
The 48-year-old Eustachy admitted to being an alcoholic and apologized for
his behavior hours before the school’s athletic director Bruce Van De Velde
made his recommendation to the university that he be released.
Eustachy acknowledged earlier this year that he had stopped drinking and had
been sober for over 10 months and wanted to get back into college coaching.
“I am excited about coming to the University of Southern Mississippi,” said
Eustachy Thursday. “I would like to thank President Dr. Shelby Thames and
Director of Athletics Richard Giannini and everyone else for believing in me.
I’m looking forward to taking Southern Miss basketball to a national level.”
In 13 seasons as a head coach, including stints with Idaho and Utah State,
Eustachy has a career record of 260-145. The Cyclones were 101-59 in his five
years at the school, including Big 12 conference titles in both 2000 and 2001.
Eustachy, who was named national coach of the year in 2000, led Iowa State to
the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament that season.
“I am thrilled that a coach of Larry Eustachy’s caliber is joining the
Southern Miss athletics family,” said Giannini. “He has an incredible record
in terms of wins and losses and winning championships. He’s well-respected
around the country and among his peers. He will be a great asset in moving our
basketball program forward to the top of Conference USA.”
Eustachy will replace James Green, who resigned one day before Southern Miss’
regular season came to an end. Jeff Norwood, an associate head coach under
Green, served as interim head coach for the Golden Eagles’ final regular
season game and for their opening-round loss to Saint Louis in the C-USA
The Golden Eagles, who finished 13-15 and just 6-10 in conference play this
season, closed out the campaign by losing five of their last six games.
After winning a share of the 2001 Conference USA regular season championship,
Southern Miss has had three straight losing seasons.