Thursday, April 8, 2010

East Central University names new men's head basketball coach

Joe Redmond (right), the new men’s head basketball coach at East Central University, is welcomed by ECU Athletic Director Brian DeAngelis (left) and President John Hargrave. Redmond comes to ECU from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington where he was an assistant coach at the NCAA Division I school for three seasons.

Redmond named new East Central University men's head basketball coach
ADA – East Central University has named Joe Redmond as its new men’s head basketball coach, it was announced Thursday.

Redmond, 36, brings a wealth of experience as an NCAA Division I assistant and Division II head coach to Ada. Redmond most recently spent three seasons as an assistant at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. The NCAA Division I Seahawks made vast improvement during his second season there, going 20-13 in 2007-08 after a 7-22 finish in 2006-07. Prior to that, Redmond was at Henderson State University (Ark.) for six seasons, the first three as an assistant and the next three as head coach.

“We’re excited about having someone of Joe’s experience and character join our Tiger family,” said ECU Director of Athletics Brian DeAngelis. “His background in Division II and recruiting in this region will be a valuable asset to our basketball program and help propel it toward future success.”

ECU President John Hargrave agreed.

“I appreciate Joe’s enthusiasm about the future of our basketball program,” Hargrave said. “He is ready to go to work, and we are looking forward to the next Tiger basketball season under his leadership. He brings with him head coaching experience. He is known for teams that play a disciplined and rugged defense.”

In his first season as head coach at Henderson State in 2003-04, he guided the Reddies to a 23-7 record, the Gulf South West Division title and their sixth straight NCAA South Regional berth. His teams went 13-14 in 2004-05 and 15-12 in 2005-06. His overall head coaching record on the Division II level is 51-33.

“I’m extremely excited. There’s a wealth of potential for the basketball program here. The interest, energy level and overall excitement from the president on down is intriguing,” said Redmond. “I’m ready to roll up my sleeves and get to work.”

As for the style of play, it all depends on returning personnel and recruiting, according to Redmond.

“We will be a man-to-man defensive team and a good one. I know that,” Redmond said. “I really need to try and evaluate who is returning and see what holes we need to fill. I know we need to add as much post depth as possible.”

As Henderson State’s top assistant, Redmond helped guide the team to a 30-5 finish as the Redddies captured Western Division and Gulf South Tournament championships in 2002-03. That team went on to advance to the South Regional finals. In his six-year span at HSU, the Reddies earned two GSC titles and three GSC West Division crowns while making four NCAA Division II Tournament appearances and reaching the regional finals twice.

Redmond, a native of Parsons, Kan., was also a head coach at Labette Community College (Kan.) for three seasons. He played football at Independence Community College (Kan.), before transferring to Pittsburg State (Kan.). While completing his degree at Pittsburg State, Redmond coached freshman basketball at Pittsburg High School. He spent one season as a graduate assistant at the now defunct Phillips University in Enid.

Redmond and his wife Carla have an 8-year-old daughter Mae.

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