Baton Rouge Community College’s (BRCC) Head Men’s Basketball Coach Ricky Wilson has been named the 2017 Louisiana Junior College Coach of the Year by The Louisiana Association of Basketball Coaches (LABC). He will be honored at the LABC annual banquet on May 13 at the Embassy Suites Hotel, Baton Rouge. Coach Wilson previously received this award for the 2012-2013 season.
“It’s a great honor for Coach Wilson to receive this award,” said Shawn LaFleur, Assistant Athletic Director at BRCC. “Coach Wilson is a hard working individual who strives to improve his players’ ability to work hard on the court and in life.”
Coach Wilson’s record was 17-8 this season, coaching the Bears to a #4 seed in the Region 23 Basketball Tournament, held in Clinton, Miss.
Coach Wilson has been head coach of the men’s basketball program at BRCC for five seasons. He has seen many great successes as coach. In his second season at BRCC, Wilson guided his team to the Miss/Lou Conference Championship, the first in the program’s four-year history. He earned a trip to the Region 23 tournament in Clinton, Miss. where he led the Bears to the first postseason win in school history.
A native of Orange, NJ, Coach Wilson began his coaching career at the University of Southern Mississippi in 2004, where he worked for seven seasons. He played college basketball at Walla Walla Community College, later transferring to the University of Idaho, where he recorded a team high 176 assists (257 total) during his senior season and was named to the Big Sky All-Conference First Team.
Also being honored at the LABC Banquet are two of Coach Wilson’s former players – Erik Thomas (University of New Orleans), who will be receiving the LABC Louisiana Major College Player of the year, and Brian Sylvester (LSU Alexandria), who will receive the LABC Louisiana Small College Player of the Year. Thomas was with BRCC during the 2014-15 season and Sylvester played during the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons.
The Louisiana Association of Basketball Coaches (LABC) was founded in 1974 when representatives from 14 Louisiana universities and colleges met in Baton Rouge for the sole purpose of forming an organization to promote basketball on all levels in the state. It was the first state-level organization of its kind in the nation. The first annual LABC awards banquet was held in 1975. Now all of Louisiana’s four-year and two-year universities and colleges are members of the LABC, and the head men’s basketball coach at each school serves on the board of directors.