Ladner announces coaching staff at SLU

HAMMOND — First-year Southeastern Louisiana men’s basketball coach Jay Ladner announced Thursday the addition of three assistants to his staff.

Joining Ladner will be former Southern Miss and Jacksonville State assistant Kyle Roane, longtime St. Thomas Aquinas High School coach Errol Gauff and former Winthrop star Tyson Waterman.

“I could not have wished for a better staff,” Ladner said. “We landed all three coaches that were targeted, so I have to give some of the credit to Athletic Director Jay Artigues for making the financial commitment to allow this to happen. Every coach brings a little different skill set to the table. The reward on these hires we’ll see in years to come.”

Wave’s Juric named to Croatian junior team

Tulane volleyball player Tea Juric will get an opportunity to represent her country in international competition as the rising Green Wave sophomore will play for Team Croatia during the 2014 FIVB U23 Beach Volleyball World Championship from June 10-15 in Myslowice, Poland.

Juric will team with 22-year-old Maja Rosko and the tandem is one of 44 pairs to take part in the second-annual age-division event. Earning a spot in the U23 Championship comes following a 2013-14 season that saw Juric claim Conference USA Freshman of the Year and earning a bid to participate in the AVCA College Sand Volleyball National Championship in the spring.

Hardin new McNeese softball coach

LAKE CHARLES — Joanna Hardin, a key element in McNeese winning back-to-back Southland Conference championships, has been named the team’s new softball coach.

Hardin replaces Mike Smith who accepted a similar job Ole Miss.

Hardin has spearheaded the Cowgirls pitching staff the past two seasons, both of which led the Southland in numerous team and individual pitching statistical categories as well as ranking high among the NCAA leaders.

NW State coaches get contract extensions

NATCHITOCHES — Athletic Director Greg Burke announced Thursday afternoon Northwestern State has agreed to multiyear contract extensions with baseball coach Lane Burroughs and women’s basketball co-head coaches Brooke and Scott Stoehr.

2 Georgia players won’t face suspensions

ATHENS, Ga. — Georgia players James DeLoach and Jonathan Taylor face “significant additional internal discipline” but no suspensions after being accepted into a pre-trial intervention program Thursday for their March arrests for illegal check cashing.

DeLoach, Taylor, and two former Georgia players — safety Tray Matthews and wide receiver Uriah LeMay — appeared in Clarke County State Court on Thursday. Misdemeanor charges for the four will be dropped if they complete the program.

Matthews was dismissed from the team by coach Mark Richt on Tuesday. LeMay has left Georgia and plans to transfer. The four were charged with receiving double payments for checks of $71.50 issued by the Georgia athletic department. According to a statement released by Georgia, DeLoach and Taylor face discipline from the athletic association and the football program.

Big Ten to keep football championship in Indy

ROSEMONT, Ill. — The Big Ten will keep its football championship game in Indianapolis through 2021

Conference officials made the announcement Thursday, following a unanimous vote by the council of presidents and chancellors.

Indy has hosted each of the first three football title games. With the addition of Maryland and Rutgers next month, there was a perception that the game could rotate.

Purdue putting photos of fans on helmets

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Some Purdue football fans will be part of the action when the Boilermakers host Iowa on Sept. 27.

Students who purchase all-sports season tickets by Tuesday can submit photos of themselves wearing Purdue gear that will be used to form the “Motion P” logo on the team’s helmet for that game. Non-student season ticket holders were previously notified that they can also submit photos.

The helmet logo is normally in solid colors. From a distance, a prototype of the photo logo looks similar to camouflage, but it’s actually a series of tiny photos.

Purdue assistant athletic director for marketing and ticketing Chris Peludat tells the Journal & Courier that fans who submit photos will receive a digital copy of the logo used for the game.

Compiled from news releases and The Associated Press.