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  • Mar. 20 - Men's Basketball vs 9Life University - L 65-63 - recap - stats
  • Mar. 18 - Men's Basketball vs 10University of Pikeville - W 84-80 (OT) - recap - stats
  • Mar. 17 - Men's Basketball vs 19Westmont College - W 81-61 - recap - stats
  • Mar. 16 - Men's Basketball vs Univ of Science and Arts of Oklahoma - W 104-80 - recap - stats
  • Mar. 4 - Men's Basketball vs 22Langston University - W 90-87 - recap - stats
  • Mar. 3 - Men's Basketball vs RVWiley College - W 78-51 - recap - stats
  • Feb. 25 - Men's Basketball vs 25Our Lady of the Lake University - W 79-72 - recap - stats
  • Feb. 24 - Men's Basketball vs Huston-Tillotson University - W 94-71 - recap - stats
  • Feb. 21 - Men's Basketball JV vs Southern University at Shreveport - No Team Score
  • Feb. 18 - Men's Basketball vs Texas College - W 71-47 - recap - stats
 
Men's Basketball Coaches
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Larry Cordaro
Head Coach - 4th Season
Alma Mater: LSU
Phone: 318-619-2968

Entering his fourth season as the head coach of the LSUA Generals, Larry Cordaro has enjoyed unmitigated success since being named the program’s first ever head coach. In three seasons, Cordaro has amassed an 86-9 record and won at least a share of the Red River Athletic Conference regular season championship all three seasons, along with two RRAC Tournament titles. On a national level, he’s guided the Generals to the NAIA National Championship Tournament all three seasons, achieving the program’s first trip to the “Fab Four”, the NAIA’s National Tournament semifinals, in 2017.

While winning numerous Coach of the Year accolades himself, including the prestigious National Association of Basketball Coaches’ NAIA Coach of the Year award in 2017, he’s led four players to NAIA All-American honors; DeAngelo Coleman, Brian Sylvester, Brandon Moss, and Gilbert Talbot. Several of his players have won conference individual awards, including Coleman being named Conference Player of the Year twice, Sylvester being named Defensive Player of the Year three times, and both Coleman and Moss being named Newcomer of the Year.

The basis of LSUA’s success under Cordaro begins with defending the home floor. The Generals are 42-0 inside the city limits of Alexandria, Louisiana since the program’s inception, going 39-0 in the friendly confines of The Fort and 3-0 in the newly renovated Rapides Parish Coliseum where the Generals won the 2017 Red River Athletic Conference Tournament.

LSUA’s greatest success under Cordaro came during the 2016-17 season where the Generals finished the regular season 29-0, including 18-0 in Red River Athletic Conference play. The Generals took home the conference’s tournament championship with two more wins to make their record 31-0 entering the NAIA National Championship Tournament, where LSUA would collect three more wins on the team’s way to the “Fab Four”.

Cordaro’s forte is getting the community involved by coordinating several types of camps in an effort to bring more recognition to the young LSUA program while creating a relationship with the central Louisiana area.  Before the inaugural LSUA season, nineteen high schools from Louisiana participated in a team camp while a youth camp had over 500 young boy and girl participants.  Cordaro’s coaching staff held several other events such as a 3-on-3 tournament with various age groups, a 5k on campus, and a Sunday skills clinic.  His team also held a free, one-day clinic during the Christmas holiday break for over 90 children.

During his tenure in Hammond, the Lions have had nine All-Southland Conference players, six All-Louisiana players, four National Association of Basketball Coaches All-District players and made six trips to the conference tournament.  Cordaro played a key role in the recruitment and development of Brandon Fortenberry and Roosevelt Johnson who both finished their careers as two of the top players in school history.

The Ruston, La., native spent two seasons at league rival UT Arlington where he served on former Mavs’ coach Eddie McCarter’s staff as one of the youngest Division I coaches in the country. UTA reached the Southland Conference Tournament both seasons that Cordaro was in the Metroplex and placed two members - Steven Thomas and Jarrett Howell – on the 2005-06 All-SLC squad.

Before his stop at UTA, Cordaro was at LSU for three seasons as Director of Basketball Operations where he assisted with on-campus recruiting, academic monitoring, and organizing meetings with the LSU men's basketball booster club. Cordaro also served as the co-director of John Brady's basketball camps and served as the video coordinator for Tigers.  Cordaro played a role in the recruiting of Brandon Bass, Glen “Big Baby” Davis, Tyrus Thomas, and Garrett Temple, who all went on to play professionally in the NBA. In his three years assisting, LSU reached the post-season each season.

Possessing a vast knowledge of summer camp operations, Cordaro has worked with some of college basketball's most knowledgeable coaches after working at The University of Miami (Fla.), Arizona, UAB, Birmingham-Southern, New Orleans, Texas, Middle Tennessee, LSU and Joe Dean, Jr.'s Dixie Basketball Camp.  Each summer Cordaro conducts his own basketball camp in his hometown of Ruston. Over the course of ten years he's taught more than 400 campers the finer points of the game as well as life lessons.

A 1998 graduate of Ruston High School, Cordaro was a member of the Xavier University men's basketball team before transferring to LSU where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting in 2002 and a master of science in sport management in 2004.

Cordaro is a member of the Downtown Rotary Club where he serves on the Fellowship Committee. He was a key component in starting Fellowship of Christian Athletes on the campus of LSUA.  Cordaro also volunteers his time by helping the United Way.  Public speaking at various community events such as sports banquets, Rotary meetings, and high school career days are a hobby of the up-and-coming head coach.  Cordaro is a member of both the Louisiana Association of Basketball Coaches and the National Association of Basketball Coaches. Annually, he serves as a camp instructor at the Final Four NCAA youth clinics. Alexandria Town Talk named Cordaro Sportsman of the Year and recognized him as being Top 20 under 40.

 
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Lance Hardman
Assistant Coach - 1st Season
Alma Mater: Southeastern Louisiana (2014)
Phone: 318-473-0103

Lance Hardman is entering his first season as an assistant coach for the men's basketball team, with a focus on strength & conditioning.

Hardman recently worked at Northern Illinois University, where he designed workout programs for the Huskies' tennis, track & field, cross country, and football teams to start the 2017 calendar year. Prior to that, he worked at McKendree University, where he did strength & conditioning work for the university's basketball, swimming & diving, tennis, & volleyball teams. He also interned at two NCAA Division I programs, the University of Arizona and Southeastern Louisiana University. It was at Southeastern Louisiana where he first met LSUA head coach Larry Cordaro.

Hardman received his bachelor's degree in kinesiology from Southeastern Louisiana and got his master's from McKendree. He resides in Oakdale, Louisiana.

 
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Tyler Sobey
Assistant Coach - 1st Season
Phone: 318-473-0103

Tyler Sobey begins his first season as an assistant coach on the LSUA men's basketball staff.

Sobey, a native of Gilmer, Texas, comes to LSUA from the University of Arkansas, where he worked as a student manager for the Razorbacks. He helped set up for practice and assisted with gameday operations, as well as prepare film for coach and team review. He also assisted with preparing team travel for road trips. During the offseasons, he would work at the Mike Anderson Basketball Camps, helping coach young players and develop their skills.

Sobey got a bachelor's degree in both communications and political science from Arkansas, where he served as a cultural ambassador and was on the philanthropy committee.

 
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Jimmy Wenslow III
Assistant Coach - 1st Season
Phone: 318-473-0103

Jimmy Wenslow III enters his first season as an assistant coach on the LSUA men's basketball staff.

The Pineville native spent the previous six seasons as an assistant Tioga High School in nearby Ball, La. During his time at THS, the Indian basketball team saw unprecedented success, winning three of the last four district championships before coming to LSUA, including a trip to the LHSAA's Class 4A Quarterfinals in 2017, the deepest run in the State Championship Tournament by the Indians in more than a decade.

Wenslow and his wife, Tillisha, have one son, Micah.

 
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Levi Allen
Manager - 1st Season
 
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Daniel Roy
Manager - 4th Season
 
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Thyagaraja Sothinathan
Manager - 1st Season