HAMMOND — Looking to find a replacement for associate head coach Roman Banks, Southeastern Louisiana University men’s basketball coach Jim Yarbrough announced Wednesday that former Lion letterwinner Micheal Cyprien has been tabbed as an assistant coach beginning in the 2011-12 season.
The hiring of Cyprien, a New Orleans native who lettered at Southeastern from 2004-07, is subject to approval from the University of Louisiana Board of Supervisors.
Cyprien replaces Banks, who was named head coach at Southern University last month. He joins a staff at Southeastern that is led by Yarborough, who will enter his seventh year as head coach, along with assistant coaches Larry Cordaro and Alex Hausladen.
The 27-year-old Cyprien began his coaching career last season at Rogers State (Okla.) University where he helped the Hillcats to a 22-12 record, a No. 25 national ranking and a berth in the NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball National Championship, where they advanced to the national quarterfinals.
The Hillcats closed out the regular season winning 14 of their final 18 games, including wins over No. 10 Oklahoma Baptist and No. 12 Southern Nazarene over a five-day span.
“I am very pleased to have Mike join our staff and fill the vacancy left by Roman Banks,” Yarbrough said. “Collectively I have an energized, talented and highly motivated young staff. Mike is a graduate of Southeastern, played for me for two seasons, has basketball contacts to New Orleans and the surrounding area, is tuned in to the Louisiana basketball scene and communicates well with players, fans and faculty. “