Northwestern State Demons basketball

Northwestern State Demons basketball history

Northwestern State University (Natchitoches, LA)
Prather Coliseum
Southland Conference

Current head coach: Corey Gipson (2022-)

  • Assoc. HC: Rodney Hamilton (2022-)
  • Asst: Tony Holliday (2022-)
  • Asst: Tim Ward (2022-)
  • DBO: Leighton Kentwell (2022-)

Post-Season:

  • National Championships:  0
  • Final Four Appearances:  0
  • Sweet Sixteen Appearances:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  3  (2001, 2006, 2013)
  • NCAAT Overall Record:  2-3
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  0
  • NIT Overall Record:  0-0
  • CIT Appearances:  1  (2015)
  • CIT Overall Record:  0-1
  • NAIA Tournament Appearances:  5  (1939, 1940, 1947, 1948, 1974)
  • NAIA Tournament Overall Record:  3-5

Conference Titles (LIC, LICC,SLIC, Gulf States, Gulf South, Sun Belt, Gulf Star, Southland):

  • Southland Regular Season Championships:  3  (2005, 2006, 2007)
  • Gulf South (Div II) Regular Season Championships: (1974, 1975)
  • Gulf States (NAIA) Regular Season Championships:  5  (1949, 1954, 1955, 1958, 1960)
  • Louisiana Intercollegiate (NAIA) Regular Season Championships:  2  (1922, 1940)
  • Southland Tournament Championships:  3  (2001, 2006, 2013)

Award Winners:




Northwestern State head coaches:

Coach Tenure Record Conf. Titles NCAA Apps. Nat. Champ
Corey Gipson 2022-Pres 0-0 0 0 0
Mike McConathy 1999-2022 330-377 3 3 0
J. D. Barnett 1994-99 55-79 0 0 0
Dan Bell 1988-94 68-98 0 0 0
Don Beasley 1985-88 42-41 0 0 0
Wayne Yates 1980-85 48-92 0 0 0
Tynes Hildebrand 1965-80 191-199 2^ 1^ 0
Huey W. Cranford 1957-65 116-98 2^ 0 0
Charles “Red” Thomas 1951-57 138-77 2^ 0 0
H. Lee Prather 1913-51 473-169 3^ 4^ 0

Key: Conf. Titles= Regular Season only, NCAA Apps= NCAA Tournament Appearances, Nat. Champ= NCAA Tournament Champions


^ These conference titles and tournament appearances came when the Northwestern State program was at either the NCAA Division II or NAIA level; NSU moved up to Division I prior to the 1976-77 season

NOTE: Overall program records on this page do not include anything later vacated by the NCAA.