SE Louisiana names Yarbrough men’s hoops coach
Hammond, LA (Sports Network) – Southeastern Louisiana announced Thursday that
Jim Yarbrough has been named the men’s head basketball coach.
The 41-year-old Yarbrough, a two-time National Association of Basketball
Coaches South Region Coach of the Year, had spent the past five seasons at
Valdosta State University where he led his squad to a 97-42 overall record and
two NCAA Division II National Tournament appearances.
“I am pleased to announce Jim Yarbrough as our selection for men’s head
basketball coach,” Southeastern president Randy Moffett said. “After a
thorough search and review of a large number of exceptionally qualified
applicants, we believe we have identified an individual who has the ability to
maintain and continue to build upon the level of success our program has
attained in recent years.”
Yarbrough inherits a Lions team that has won two consecutive Southland
Conference titles and made its first-ever trip to the NCAA Tournament last
“I’m delighted about the opportunity and honored by the trust President
Moffett and Mr. (Frank) Pergolizzi (director of athletics) have shown in me to
lead this program in the years ahead,” said Yarbrough.
Prior to taking over at Valdosta State, Yarbrough served six years under head
coach John Kresse at The College of Charleston. During his tenure, the Cougars
were 153-28 and appeared in five straight postseason tournaments. The squad
advanced to the NIT in 1994-95 and 1995-96 and made three consecutive trips to
the NCAA Tournament from 1996-99.
Yarbrough also served as an assistant coach at the University of West Florida
during the 1993-94 season.