Ludwig resigns at NAIA Peru State; Gentry takes over as Interim Head Coach

After five seasons at the helm, Bob Ludwig has announced his resignation from his position as head men’s basketball coach.  As the team prepares to open its season this weekend at home against Morningside University, Roman Gentry will take over as interim head coach. 

“Before the start of the school year, I had informed my administration that this would be my last season at Peru State, as my wife and I have had plans to relocate to Florida this spring for some time now,” said Ludwig.  “Upon further thought, I believe it is in the best interest of the program to step down now.  This decision is made easier knowing that Coach Gentry is beyond ready to lead this team.  He is a great person and coach who will do an excellent job.”

In Coach Ludwig’s first two seasons on campus, his teams made back-to-back NAIA National Tournament appearances.  They upset #1 seeded the Masters University during the 2017-18 National Tournament, advancing to the Sweet Sixteen.  The following season, they won the Heart of America Conference Tournament Championship.  In five years, 22 seniors that finished with the program under Ludwig’s leadership obtained their bachelor’s degree, with more seniors on track to do so this spring.  During his tenure, the program earned individual and team academic accolades such as NABC Honors Court, Daktronics NAIA Scholar Athlete awards, and NAIA Scholar Team recognition. 

“I have very much enjoyed my time at Peru State and am thankful for the opportunity this institution gave me in 2017 to live out my dream.  I hope that community members will come out in support of this year’s team, as the players and coaching staff are a truly special group.”

“We would like to thank Coach Ludwig for his five seasons as Head Coach of the Peru State men’s basketball teams,” said Athletics Director Wayne Albury. “The Bobcats experienced success under his leadership, and we wish Bob and Cathy much luck in their future endeavors.”

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