As much as assistant coach Gus Hauser will be missed, Louisiana-Lafayette men’s basketball coach Bob Marlin his staff’s transition should be an easy one.
That’s because Marlin created a post for Josten Crow last summer, and now the former small forward who played under Marlin at Sam Houston State is in line to fill the post created by Friday’s announcement of Hauser’s departure.
“He’s got a little bit of everything you look for,” Marlin said Saturday of Crow, who was UL-Lafayette’s director of student-athlete development in the 2015-16 season. “He knows our players, and he has a great rapport with the guys.”
Crow’s hiring won’t be official until early next month, with advertised dates for applications continuing. His hiring is subject to UL System Board of Supervisors approval, but Marlin said Crow is already planning his return to Lafayette, after he recently accepted a full-time assistant post at Sam Houston.
“What he was doing was similar to a graduate assistantship, but he couldn’t be on the floor,” Marlin said of Crow’s role last season. “But he was in all the meetings, worked with the kids individually, worked with their academics, just supporting our guys and getting them better.”
Hauser’s three-year stint as a Cajuns assistant actually ended one week ago when Hauser gave Marlin his notice, finalizing plans to return to help operate a family-owned sports rehabilitation and physical therapy business in Kentucky. Hauser previously coached at Louisville, New Mexico State, UL-Monroe, Coastal Carolina and Wofford, and was part of nine postseason tournament teams in 13 Division I seasons including three with the Cajuns.
“I knew he was leaning that way,” Marlin said, “and when he told me that he was done, I called Josten.”
Crow played three years under Marlin at SHSU, starting on the Bearkats’ NCAA tournament team. He was in Sam Houston’s MBA program in his final collegiate year, and was a UL-Lafayette graduate assistant in 2011-12 before playing professionally in Germany for three seasons.
Marlin said Crow worked in the Cajuns’ summer camp last year, and expressed the desire to leave the international game and start a coaching career.
“We created that spot, and it was a good thing for us,” Marlin said. “He can read me so well. He can pull any of our players off to the side and tell them exactly what I want and what we want.”