AState Nation's Jeff Reed interviews new Red Wolf head coach Mike Balado

New Red Wolves head coach Mike Balado visits with Jeff Reed.

New Arkansas State coach Mike Balado, who will be introduced at a 10 a.m. press conference on Monday in Jonesboro, has had a whirlwind day. And it’s about to get busier.

First off Baldo's old team, Louisville, lost in the second round of the NCAA tournament to Michigan.

“We didn’t play that well and they have really been coming on strong,’’ he said.

That means Balado, who said his deal with the Red Wolves was finalized Sunday morning, steps on the Jonesboro campus as a full-time coach and will no longer have responsibilities with the Cardinals.

He has a busy day ahead of him in Jonesboro.

“It’s a full agenda,’’ he said. “I’ll meet with some players, staff. I’m looking forward to it.”

One of Balado’s first meetings is with Marquis Eaton, the Jonesboro guard who signed with A-State in November but issued some concern after Grant McCasland’s resignation on Monday.

“Talking to the recruits is a priority,’’ Balado said.

He said he was surprised when the job came open this week and conversations with A-State athletic director Terry Mohajir began almost immediately.

“I worked with Terry when we were at Florida Atlantic and I saw what the did there and I was impressed and I know he is doing the same job at Arkansas State,’’ he said. “And a year ago when this job came open I talked with Terry about the opening and I know what he wants to do with the job. I’m ready to get to Jonesboro and get to work.”

This will be Balado’s first head coaching job. He has been an assistant at Louisville, FAU, Miami, High Point and Miami Dade Community College.

“I’ve talked to some of the players and I will meet with those who are still on campus,’’ he said “My family has to get back to Lousiville but I will be in town all week,’’ he said. “I have twins and they need to get back to school and my wife is a school teacher and she has to get back to work.”