Nick Lagroone was named director of operations for Southeast Missouri’s men’s basketball program, head coach Rick Ray announced Friday.
Lagroone will be in charge of the day-to-day operations, assisting with scheduling practice and skill workouts, on-campus recruiting, team travel, academics, camps, video and all other duties as assigned by Ray and his assistant coaches.
He comes to Southeast after coaching one season at Greenforest Christian Academy in Atlanta, Georgia.
As head coach at Greenforest, Lagroone led the Eagles to a 27-2 overall record and undefeated 13-0 mark in the region during the 2014-15 campaign. Greenforest advanced to the state championship game.
Prior to that, Lagroone worked as a graduate assistant under Ray for two years at Mississippi State.
“Nick did a terrific job for me as a graduate assistant and I always knew that I would hire him in the future,” said Ray. “He spends a lot of time in the office burning the midnight oil and he had a great rapport with the players. Nick is a selfless person who will do a great job of taking care of the daily operations of our basketball program.”
Lagroone played four years (2007-11) as a guard at Southern Wesleyan University in Central, South Carolina. He was a two-time NAIA All-American and three-time Southern States Athletic Conference honoree. Lagroone finished his college career with 1,645 points and ranked among the top 10 in the NAIA in scoring his final two seasons.
“I’m very thankful to have the opportunity to join Coach Ray and his staff at Southeast,” said Lagroone. “I am invested in helping him continue to build a winning program and impact student-athletes. The future here is bright and I am excited to be a part of it.”
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