Southern Miss Head Basketball Coach James Green filled the vacant spot on his staff today with the announcement of the hiring of Quinn Strander, who most recently coached at Nicholls State University.
He replaces Kyle Roane, who recently left to become the head basketball coach at Forrest County AHS. He had been a member of Green's staff the past seven seasons.
"Kyle did an outstanding job for us, but Quinn will be equally effective and help us continue doing the things that will help us reach the levels we all strive for," Green said. "He has a varied background, has been closely associated with all aspects of the game during his career, and can step in here and quickly become effective. Because we're so close to the start of the season and don't have a lot of time to get someone acclimated to our system, we needed someone whose experience base closely fit our needs."
Strander, who was in private business the past year following a head coaching change at Nicholls State, looks forward to being back in the game. "I'm excited to become a part of Coach Green's staff and the Southern Miss family. I'm appreciative of the opportunity Coach Green has given me. Coaching is very much a part of my life, and I look forward to working with a coach and a program I've always had great respect for.
"In looking at the foundation Coach Green has established at Southern Miss, I think there's a real opportunity for this program to reach new heights. There are a lot of talented players coming back, and I look forward to working with them and the staff."
A graduate of Nicholls State in Thibodaux, La., with a degree in marketing, Strander started his coaching career as the boys' basketball coach at Thibodaux Junior High (1992-94). He then served as the administrative assistant for the men's basketball staff at Nicholls State (1994-96), before he became an assistant coach in 1996 and was assistant head coach in 2001.
He has worked with all phases of the game, with particular emphasis on recruiting, compiling scouting reports and formulating game-plans, while also working in such diverse areas as travel coordinator, camp coordinator, scheduling and academics and conditioning.
Teams he helped coach won two Southland Conference regular-season titles, two league tournament championships and made two NCAA Tournament appearances.
A New Orleans, La., native, Strander and his wife, Renee, have a daughter, Logan, born on 10/13/94, and a son, Quinn Michael, Jr., born on 7/31/01.
His hiring is subject to College Board approval.