Carlos Funchess, who spent 13 years as Sandy Pugh's top assistant at Southern University, will get to lead the women's basketball program he helped make a perennial contender.
Southern will introduce Funchess as its new head coach at a 2 p.m. Tuesday, ending a search that began where it started after Pugh left for the same job at Prairie View, the Jaguars' Southwestern Athletic Conference rival.
Funchess had served as interim coach since Pugh — who led the Jaguars to seven shared or outright SWAC titles in 18 seasons — resigned last month.
Pugh led the Jaguars to a 14-4 conference record, the regular-season SWAC title and an appearance in the WNIT.
Working primarily with Southern post players, Funchess has been part of five regular-season championships and three tournament titles.
Known for an outgoing, affable personality that paid dividends in recruiting, Funchess grew up in Magee, Mississippi, and was a two-time All-Southland Conference selection as a player at Northeastern Louisiana (ULM). He also won the 1991 college basketball slam dunk contest.
Funchess later spent four years on the ULM staff under his coach, Mike Vining.
"He’s been a major part of recruiting these ladies and a major part of the success coach Pugh has had,” Southern Athletic Director Roman Banks told The Advocate last month.