LSU basketball coach Johnny Jones will have to tinker with his coaching staff some more this summer.
Jones announced Monday that Al Pinkins, who was hired just more than a year ago, is leaving the LSU program to pursue another coaching opportunity.
Jones now has to find two coaches for his staff to replace Pinkins and Ronald Dupree, his director of student-athlete development.
Dupree resigned to accept a position on the staff of Nevada coach Eric Musselman, another former LSU assistant coach who left following the 2014-15 season.
Assistant head coach and recruiting coordinator David Patrick also left in April to take a job at TCU. Jones subsequently hired Robert Kirby to take Patrick’s spot on the staff..
A native of Camilla, Georgia, Pinkins joined the LSU in April 2015 after coaching at Tennessee for one season. Prior to that, he was on the staff at Ole Miss for three years.
Prior to his Southeastern Conference stops at Ole Miss and Tennessee, he had coached at Middle Tennessee State for three seasons.
“We appreciate all of Coach Pinkins’ contributions to our program last season,” Jones said in a university news release. “We wish him and his family all the best.”
Pinkins played his college ball at Chipola Junior College and North Carolina State, where he earned his degree in 1998.
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