Aug. 16, 2012
BEAUMONT, Texas -
Lamar University women’s basketball coach Larry Tidwell has hired former Southeast Missouri coach John Ishee to be an assistant coach for the Lady Cardinals.
“I’m excited to be here. I have a relationship that goes back many years with Coach Tidwell,” Ishee said. “I’ve always had an admiration and respect for him as a person and as a coach. He has done a tremendous job here at Lamar, and I look forward to working with him and his staff to help continue that tradition of success.”
Ishee posted a 77-74 record in five seasons at Southeast Missouri, earning Ohio Valley Conference Coach of the Year honors in 2007 after leading the Redhawks to a 24-8 record and a spot in the NCAA Tournament. The following season, the Redhawks were 23-9 and qualified for the WNIT.
Ishee, who spent last season as a talent evaluator for BlueStar Basketball, has coached for more than 20 years at the collegiate level. He has been a head coach at Life University and New Mexico Highlands, and has been an assistant at New Mexico State, Saint Louis University, Southern Mississippi, Mississippi, Pacific and McNeese State.
“John brings a wealth of experience as a head coach, as an assistant coach and as a recruiting coordinator,” Tidwell said. “He brings a lot of positive things to our program that will help us win, and help us win immediately. John’s primary focus will be on defense, something he has been very successful at.”
Ishee earned a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in educational administration from Southern Mississippi.