HAMMOND — Southeastern Louisiana University has named Errol Gauff as its new women’s basketball coach.

Director of Athletics Jay Artigues announced Gauff as head of the program Saturday. In a news release, Artigues said Gauff’s hire is pending approval by the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors.

“We are extremely privileged to have Errol Gauff take over as our new head women’s basketball coach,” Artigues said. “We were looking for someone who could provide long-term stability to our women’s basketball program and serve as a positive role-model for our student-athletes and Errol fits the mold.

Gauff spent the previous two seasons as an assistant coach on the Southeastern men’s basketball staff under coach Jay Ladner.

Before that, Gauff spent 18 seasons as the boys coach at St. Thomas Aquinas, where he built the Falcons into a state power and led STA to two state championships.

“I’m very excited and feel fortunate for this opportunity,” Gauff said. “I was blessed to join the Lion family two years ago as part of coach Ladner’s staff. Those two years were a great learning experience for me, and I was able to more fully appreciate what a special place Southeastern Louisiana University is. I’m thankful to our administration for this chance and am ready to get to work moving our program in the right direction.”

He replaces Yolanda Moore, a two-time WNBA champion with the Houston Comets, who served two seasons as coach of the Lady Lions, compiling an 11-47 record.

Southeastern will formally welcome Gauff at 1 p.m. Tuesday in the Victory Club. The “Meet the Coach” event is open to all.

“We have everything in place to support a program that consistently competes for Southland Conference championships and produces young women who represent our university well in the community and the classroom,” Artigues added. “Errol is the person to lead us in that direction.”