Butch Pierre, a veteran assistant and one of the top recruiters in college basketball, has been named assistant coach at NC State, head coach Mark Gottfried announced today.
“I’ve known Butch for a long time and he’s regarded as one of college basketball’s premier recruiters, but he is also a great teacher of the game who has spent a number of years around winning programs,” said Gottfried. “He brings a wealth of experience in many areas that will help us tremendously, and I’m excited to have him join our program.”
Pierre, 53, joins the Wolfpack after spending the last eight seasons on the staff at Oklahoma State, where he served as associate head coach. Arriving in Stillwater in 2008, the Cowboys made five NCAA Tournament appearances with Pierre on staff.
He helped sign 5-star recruits such as Marcus Smart, the No. 6 overall pick of the 2014 NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics, and Le’Bryan Nash, while the Cowboys had two Big 12 Players of the Year during his tenure.
“I am blessed, appreciative, and most of all excited about the opportunity to join Coach Gottfried and the Wolfpack family,” said Pierre. “NC State is a program that has upheld legacies, traditions, and winning seasons in the most prestigious conference in America, the ACC. Coach Gottfried is a leader who has been instrumental in winning a National Championship (at UCLA) and going deep in the NCAA Tournament, and I am excited about the challenges and opportunities as a part of Wolfpack Nation.”
Prior to his time at Oklahoma State, Pierre spent 11 seasons at LSU, joining the Tigers as assistant coach in 1997 under John Brady, before being promoted to associate head coach following the 2001-02 season.
Pierre recruited the foundation of LSU’s 2006 SEC Champion and Final Four squad, with a starting lineup comprised completely of players from Louisiana. During his time in Baton Rouge he helped recruit four players who went on to win SEC Player of the Year honors, four McDonald’s All-Americans, nine Parade All-Americans and seven Junior College All-Americans.
He served as interim head coach at LSU for the final 10 games of the 2007-08 season, his final year in Baton Rouge.
NC State will be Pierre’s second stop in the state of North Carolina, as he spent the 1996-97 season on the Charlotte staff.
He spent the prior seven seasons (1989-96) on the staff of Louisiana-Lafayette, including the final six years as associate head coach.
Pierre got his coaching start as a graduate assistant at Mississippi State in 1984 before spending two years in his first full-time position (1986-88) at Kentucky State.
A native of Darrow, La., where he was a prep All-American at St. Amant High School, which retired his jersey in 1980. Pierre earned both his undergraduate (1984) and Master’s degrees (1986) in Education from Mississippi State where he was a four-year starter at point guard for the Bulldogs.