Sports Notebook: Brady completes staff

While Baton Rouge was still buzzing after LSU's triumphant march through the NCAA Super Regional, Tiger basketball coach John Brady had some news of his own Monday morning.

After three months of waiting, Brady formally announced two new additions to the LSU coaching staff. Two positions were left vacant after former assistants Rickey Broussard and Mike Giorlando were re-assigned. Broussard took on another role within LSU athletic administration while Giorlando was re-positioned as the Tigers' administrative assistant.


While the hiring of former UNO assistant Nikita Johnson was announced on May 29, Brady officially presented Johnson, and former Indiana University associate head coach Mike Treloar in a Monday morning press conference.


"I want to announce the hiring of a couple of coaches," Brady said. "One that you already know about is Nikita Johnson from the University of New Orleans. He is an excellent coach and we are excited about what this addition will bring."


While Johnson was on hand, the man of the hour was Treloar, who brings with him an impressive resume to LSU basketball.


"The other coach that we are going to hire is John Treloar," Brady said. "He has been an associate coach at Indiana. John brings a wealthy background in terms of being a basketball coach to our staff."


Treloar has ties to Brady after the two attended Belhaven College in Jackson, Miss. However, since the two teamed together many years ago, Brady and Treloar went in different directions as Treloar coached at Alabama (where he met current Indiana coach Mike Davis, who was a player) and later coached in Germany and in the Continental Basketball Association before landing on Bobby Knight's staff at Indiana.


Brady said Treloar actually had a chance to be named the Hooisers' head coach when Knight was fired a year prior to Indiana's run to the Final Four.


"They wanted to make he and Mike Davis co-head coaches," Brady said. "But he decided not do that and agreed to stay on and help the program as an assistant."


There is no doubt Treloar and Brady came from similar stock. Treloar spoke of the importance of defense and its necessity to win championships. However, one statement  Treloar made stood out above all.


"Team basketball wins championships," Treloar said.

A native of Clinton, Miss., Treloar attended Belhaven College and received his master's degree at the University of Alabama, where he began his coaching career.


Treloar comes to LSU with experience as a coach both here and abroad, having served as the head coach for the Olympic Sports Club in Bremerhaven, Germany from 1982-86 and for the Steiner Optik Club of Bayreuth, Germany in 1987.


He is also well known for his years as a veteran head coach and general manager in the CBA, where his teams advanced to the playoffs seven out of eight years from 1987-97 before joining the Hoosier program.


"It is certainly an honor to be here and be introduced as a member of the LSU athletic family," Treloar said. "I have always had a respect for (John Brady) based on our years together in college. I've known the kind of basketball person he is, and the kind of basketball coach he is. Having grown up three hours from here, and having a chance to be back in the south is something that I have been very interested in."



The future of Brandon Bass


On Monday, the LSU basketball community was holding its collective breath as star forward Brandon Bass' future with LSU remains hanging in the balance.


Bass, who has expressed interest in the NBA and has his name entered in the draft, has said if he is not a top 20 pick he would return to the Tigers. While it was initially viewed as a long shot that Bass would be taken that early, news has surfaced that the 6-8 Baton Rouge product may have a shot at going early in the first round.


LSU coach John Brady remains optimistic Bass will return.


"I can't beat the NBA," Brady said. "I can't recruit against those guys. I am just going to talk to him about the

information he has gathered and where he thinks he is in the draft based on what he has done, the facts he has gathered and his experience. But I am not recruiting against the NBA."


Brady said he has learned the hard way about trying to sway a players views on college basketball and the NBA.


"I have already tried that one time with Stromile (Swift) and it doesn't work," Brady said.



PMAC Update


LSU athletic director Skip Bertman took some time to discuss some of the renovation projects currently underway in the Pete Maravich Center.


While the roof re-surfacing project is nearly complete, Bertman said the renovation to the PMAC concourses is near completion, which will include several pieces of memorabilia from the Dr. Jack Andonie collection as well as interactive television screens that will detail the history of Tiger basketball.


Brady and Bertman both expressed great excitement about the LSU athletic department's acquisition of full control of the PMAC and the future plans for the facility.


"In a year, we will begin a $5 million project to replace all the seats inside the building as well as repaint, remodel bathrooms and add elevators," Bertman said.


Bertman added one long-term goal is knock out the north side of the PMAC making room for the addition of a club level as well as a food court.



Softball's DeFeo Promoted to Associate Head Coach


After turning down job offers from other universities, LSU softball assistant coach James DeFeo has chosen to remain at LSU and has been promoted to associate head coach, it was announced by head coach Yvette Girouard on Friday.


After the Tigers returned from the Women's College World Series, DeFeo went on couple of interviews for head coaching positions, but ultimately decided to stay at LSU. He becomes the first associate head coach in the Tiger softball program's history.


"I am very thankful to coach Girouard and the administration for giving me this awesome opportunity," said DeFeo. "I love being a Tiger. LSU is the place to be for me and my family."


DeFeo joined the LSU staff as an assistant coach in 2001 when Girouard was hired. He has been a member of Girouard's staff for five seasons, including one year at UL-Lafayette. DeFeo's main duties include working with the hitters and the outfielders as well as recruiting, scouting and practice management.



Five Softball Tigers Named to Easton All-America Teams


While being named one of five Easton Sports Schools of the Year, the third-ranked LSU softball team placed five players on the 2004 All-America teams, as selected by Easton Sports on Wednesday.


As a program, LSU joined fellow 2004 Women's College World Series participants UCLA, California and Florida State along with Sacramento Community College in being named the 2004 Eason Sports Schools of the Year. The honor is the first for the Tigers in the eight-year history of the program.


Seniors Kristin Schmidt and LaDonia Hughes were selected to the first team, junior Leigh Ann Danos and freshman Leslie Klein were named to the second team and sophomore Lauren Castle was chosen for the third team.

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