Rickey Broussard joins LSU hoops staff

LSU men's basketball coach John Brady announced on Thursday that he has hired Rickey Broussard as the new assistant basketball coach for the program.<br><br> Broussard comes to LSU after spending the past 12 seasons as the head basketball coach at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux.

"It is with a great deal of excitement and pleasure to announce that Rickey Broussard will join our basketball coaching staff at LSU. He brings coaching experience from every level, recruiting expertise at challenging places, and a personality that will fit in well with the belief system we have established," said Brady in announcing the hiring.

"The lure of coaching with John Brady, whom I have known a long time, coaching at the flagship University of the State of Louisiana did not make it hard at all (to come to LSU). I'm happy to be here and happy to be a part of this staff," said Broussard Wednesday afternoon. "When you can coach at the highest level of college basketball and compete at that level with a great coaching staff. I've known Butch Pierre, I've known John Brady for a number of years and I have some big shoes to fill in Kermit Davis."

Broussard, a 1971 graduate of Louisiana-Lafayette, is one of just two Southland Conference coaches to record 100 career league wins. He led the Colonels to two SLC regular season and tournament titles as well as trips to the NCAA Tournament in both 1995 and 1998. During his 12 seasons, Broussard led NSU to top three finishes in the SLC eight times while recently becoming just the second coach in the 43-year history of Colonel basketball to win 150 games.

Overall, he departs Nicholls State with an overall record of 150-183 while putting together a 113-89 record in Southland Conference play. During his 12 seasons, Broussard has coached six first-team All-SLC selections while picking up SLC Coach of the Year accolades three times. In 10 of the 12 seasons, the Colonels had a player named to the SLC's first team. Showing his recruiting abilities, Broussard has coached three of the last six SLC Newcomers of the Year at Nicholls State.

One of the highlights for Broussard in SLC play came in 1998 when Nicholls State rattled off 14 straight wins to start conference play and finished the regular season with a 15-1 record. The Colonels were one of just seven NCAA Division I schools to capture conference titles by going undefeated or losing just one game during league play.

"It's hard to leave a good place like Thibodaux and Nicholls State," said Broussard. "We had some good years there and built some good relationships with a lot of good people. So that made (leaving) harder.

"We have a good recruiting class coming in and the players (at Nicholls State) are working hard to improve this coming season."

While at Nicholls, Broussard has been invited to be a clinician at the NCAA's Yes Clinics at the Final Four and has also lectured at the Louisiana High School Coaches Association convention and the Mississippi All Sports Clinic.

For the past three seasons, Broussard served on the NCAA's Southeast Regional Advisory Committee and as a voter on the ESPN/USA Today's Top 25 poll.

"My association with Rickey goes back to 1977 when I was at Crowley High School and Rickey was the head basketball coach at Fatima in Lafayette," said Brady. "He is an extremely positive person, an excellent teacher and will assume many of the duties Kermit (Davis) had while he was here. I have always felt one aspect of a successful program was to surround yourself with experienced, talented and loyal people. Rickey Broussard, without question, fits that type of coach and person."

"We followed each other quite closely and kept in contact," said Broussard. "I've watched (Brady) develop as a coach. He's a great X and O coach. I just think he's one of the finest coaches in this country at any level. I think John Brady can coach with the very best of them. I'm very proud to be a part of this staff."

Prior to becoming the head coach at Nicholls State, Broussard served six seasons as a college assistant, 1983-86 at Louisiana-Lafayette (then USL) where the Cajuns advanced to two NITs. In 1986, he moved to South Florida for three seasons. He coached one year at North Vermilion High School before taking the Nicholls job.

In all, Broussard spent 13 seasons as a prep coach with 12 of his teams advancing to the Louisiana state playoffs.

Broussard is married to the former Paula Goff. Broussard has two daughters, Catrelle and Stephanie, while wife Paula has a son, Damon.

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