Wichita State Head Coach Gregg Marshall announced the hiring of Lou Gudino as an assistant coach.
“Lou is a bright young man whom I’ve known for many years,” Marshall said. “He comes highly recommended by Greg Lansing at Indiana State and by my former assistant Chris Jans at New Mexico State. Lou was a tremendous help to both of those programs in terms of day-to-day office administration. He’s also very knowledgeable about the game of basketball and, in particular, our system, having worked under Chris and having scouted our team for the better part of a decade in the Valley. I think he will be a great fit for our staff here at Wichita State.”
Gudino has served for the past year as associate head coach at New Mexico State under Jans. Prior to that, the 20-year coaching veteran spent 10 seasons at WSU’s former Missouri Valley Conference rival Indiana State and two more at Louisiana Tech.
“I am forever indebted to Chris Jans for hiring me an NMSU. The experience that I gained in every facet of the organization has been invaluable and helped prepare me for this next step. Wichita State is an elite program in the college basketball world. I look forward to joining Coach Marshall’s staff and Shocker Nation and helping him maintain the championship culture that he has established.”
Jans left Wichita State in April, 2017 to become NMSU’s head coach. A week later he hired Gudino as his second-in-command. The two made an immediate splash, guiding the Aggies to a 28-6 record, the 2018 Western Athletic Conference regular season and tournament titles, and a No. 12 seed in the NCAA Tournament. The duo helped coach Jemerrio Jones, the nation’s second leading rebounder (13.2), to WAC Player of the Year and honorable mention AP All-American honors.
At Indiana State (2007-17), Gudino helped guide the Sycamores to five consecutive postseason trips, highlighted by a 2011 NCAA Tournament appearance and back-to-back NIT bids in 2013 and 2014.
Gudino’s 10 seasons at ISU marked the longest assistant coaching tenure in program history. Originally hired by Kevin McKenna in 2007, he was retained by new head coach Greg Lansing in 2010 and promoted to associate head coach. In the first of their seven seasons together, Lansing and Gudino guided the Sycamores to a 20-14 record and ended a decade-long NCAA Tournament drought by winning the 2011 Arch Madness (MVC Tournament) title.
Gudino served as Indiana State’s recruiting and scheduling coordinator. During his Terre Haute tenure he coached eight All-MVC honorees, including two-time first team selection Jake Odum (2013 & 2014). Brenton Scott was the 2015 MVC Freshman of the Year.
Prior to his time with the Sycamores, Gudino spent two seasons at Louisiana Tech (2005-07) as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. The Bulldogs posted a 20-13 record his first season in Ruston, La., and went 11-5 in WAC play on their way to an NIT bid.
Before making the jump to Division I, Gudino was the head coach at Frank Phillips Junior College (2003-05). During his two seasons in Borger, Texas, he compiled a 42-18 overall record after inheriting a team that won just seven games.
By the end of his second season with the Plainsmen, Frank Phillips JC captured the program’s first-ever Western Junior College Athletic Conference title and a No. 16 national ranking. The 26-4 mark in 2004-05 also earned Gudino WJCAC Coach of the Year honors.
Prior to the turnaround at Franklin Phillips JC, the Clinton, Ind., product served as an assistant at NCAA Division II Incarnate Word (2000-03).
Gudino spent the 1999-00 season at powerhouse Barton County Community College in Great Bend, Kan., where he helped lead the Cougars to a conference championship. Barton (32-2) earned a No. 1 national ranking and advanced to the Region VI Tournament final.
Gudino got his first taste of coaching in the collegiate ranks at Howard College (1997-99). He closed his tenure by guiding the Hawks to a conference championship, a No. 10 ranking and a Region V runner-up finish.
Gudino made his coaching debut in 1994 as the assistant boys’ varsity coach at Martinsville High School in Martinsville, Ind., before leaving in 1997 for Howard College.
A graduate of South Vermillion High School in Clinton, Ind., Gudino earned his bachelor’s degree in financial management at Indiana in 1997 and received his master’s in sports management from Incarnate Word in 2003.