Tuesday , Mar , 21 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Roccaforte takes over at Lamar

Beaumont, TX (Sports Network) – Lamar University announced on Tuesday that
assistant men’s basketball coach Steve Roccaforte has been elevated to head

Roccaforte replaces Billy Tubbs, who announced his resignation on Monday to
concentrate on his duties as the schools athletic director. Roccaforte becomes
the ninth head coach at Lamar, his alma mater, since the school became a four-
year institution in 1951.

“This is the job I’ve always coveted,” said Roccaforte. “I went to every Lamar
game I could growing up. I’m just really excited and look forward to
continuing the proud tradition of Lamar basketball.”

He spent three seasons as an assistant coach under Tubbs and has built a
reputation nationally as one of the better recruiters in the country.

“Steve knows the tradition and has a genuine passion for Lamar basketball
because he grew up with it,” Tubbs said in introducing Roccaforte. “I believe
he has a great future and will continue to take Lamar basketball to our
expectation level of where the program should be on a yearly basis.”