LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - It's a new day for Cowboy basketball as McNeese formally introduced BYU assistant Heath Schroyer as its next head men's basketball coach.
It didn't take long for Schroyer to make bold proclamations about the future of the program.
"I really believe that we can turn this into a mid-major powerhouse," Schroyer said. "I think we have the best facility and the best city in this area."
Schroyer has head coaching experience at the Division I level. In nine seasons, he compiled a 125-143 record at Portland State, Wyoming and UT Martin. His teams also made three trips to postseason tournaments (CBI in 2009, CIT in 2015, 2016). He's posted a total of four winning seasons with two of them coming during his two seasons at UT Martin.
"Every job that I have had as a head coach has been one that needed to be rebuilt. I actually enjoy that process. I know some of my colleagues think I am insane. I enjoy the process of building something and putting my stamp on it," Schroyer admitted. "There are a couple of banners at UT Martin that have never been there before. We won a division championship, went to the CIT final four and won the first championship at Portland State of any male sport in the history of the school. Those are things that I enjoy to do and I see a lot of similarities [between previous jobs and McNeese], but I see a lot more advantages here."
Schroyer also confirmed that the Ledoux twins (Kalob and Jacob) will be transferring. Kalob has led the Pokes in scoring each of the past two years.
"Our expectations and the commitment level this program will take going forward, isn't for everybody," said Schroyer. "I'm excited about coaching the guys that are in this program and I wish [the Ledoux twins] nothing but the best."
Schroyer expects two members of his staff to be hired by the end of this week. He's already targeted Nicholls assistant John Aiken to be his associate head coach. Aiken previously worked as an assistant under Schroyer at UT Martin from 2014-2016.
The Walkersville, Maryland, native brings 21 years of D1 coaching experience to the table. This past season he served on the BYU coaching staff as the Cougars posted a 24-11 record and earned a berth to the NIT. The sixth-seeded Cougars lost 86-83 to No. 3 seed Stanford Wednesday night.
Below is a transcript from Coach Heath Schroyer's introductory press conference: