Butch Pierre elevated to associate head coach

LSU men's head basketball coach John Brady announced Wednesday that assistant coach Butch Pierre would be promoted to associate head coach for the Tigers.

Pierre has been with the LSU program for five years, coming to Baton Rouge from North Carolina Charlotte when Brady took the LSU head coaching job prior to the 1997-98 season. He fills the vacancy at associate head coach left when Kermit Davis Jr. left the LSU staff two weeks ago to take the head coaching job at Middle Tennessee.

"Butch Pierre will assume the position of associate head coach on our basketball staff here at LSU," said Brady. "My association with Butch goes back to his playing days at St. Amant High School when I was the basketball coach at Crowley. We then continued the relationship at Mississippi State where he played while I was an assistant. Butch then became our graduate assistant coach for two years when his playing days were over."

The 39-year-old Pierre, who was born in Darrow, La., earned prep All-American honors at St. Amant High School before starting four seasons at point guard at Mississippi State University.

In his college coaching career, he has made a habit of helping turn losing into winning through his recruiting talents and on-floor coaching abilities.

In his two-years as assistant at Kentucky State, he helped the program to its first winning season in seven years. He returned to Louisiana to go to then-USL, joining the Cajuns for the 1988-89 season, spending eight years in Lafayette, winning two Sun Belt Conference championships and coaching in two NCAAs and a preseason NIT.

His one year at North Carolina Charlotte resulted in a 22-9 record and another NCAA Tournament berth. Since coming to LSU, he has brought in the athletes which has helped build a new base and foundation on the LSU program which has won one SEC championship, gone to the NCAA Sweet 16 and this past season advanced to the second round of the NIT.

"He has experienced outstanding success with each stop as an assistant," said Brady. "He is an excellent coach, a proven recruiter and more importantly, a loyal friend. There is no doubt Butch will have opportunities to become a head coach in the near future."

Brady continues to look for an assistant to fill out his staff. Possible candidates are current Nicholls State coach Ricky Broussard and former University of New Orleans head coach Joey Steibing.

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