McNeese State tabs BYU assistant Heath Schroyer as its next head basketball coach

Cougars’ season ended Wednesday with 86-83 NIT loss to Stanford

BYU assistant coach Heath Schroyer, left, and coach Dave Rose watch during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Saint Mary's (Cal.) in Moraga, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Provo • Assistant basketball coach Heath Schroyer’s second stint at BYU was shorter than his first.

Schroyer, who joined coach Dave Rose’s staff last summer when North Carolina State’s staff was released, was named McNeese State’s new head basketball coach on Thursday by Director of Athletics Bruce Hemphill.

Schroyer made his only season at BYU count, breathing life into a program that struggled defensively and in its halfcourt offense.

“Grateful to have worked with you this year,” assistant coach Tim LaComb tweeted. “We’re all pulling for your success.”

Schroyer was on the bench Wednesday night at Stanford as the Cougars fell 86-83 to the Cardinal in the first round of the NIT. He will replace Dave Simmons, who was fired after McNeese State went 11-17 last season.

After his first stint at BYU as an assistant under coach Steve Cleveland last four seasons, Schroyer went on to become a head coach at Portland State, Wyoming and Tennessee Martin. He also has been an assistant at UNLV and North Carolina State.

The hire must be approved by the Louisiana Board of Supervisors, according to a McNeese State news release.

BYU finished the season with a 24-11 record after placing third in the West Coast Conference standings at 11-7. The Cougars advanced to the championship game of the West Coast Conference tournament earlier this month before falling to No. 6 Gonzaga in Las Vegas.

They received a No. 6 seed in the NIT but fell to No. 3 seed Stanford on Wednesday despite leading by nine points in the first half.

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