Heath Schroyer steps down as head coach at McNeese State, promotes John Aiken

Heath Schroyer, who has been the athletic director at McNeese State since June 2020 while also serving as head men’s basketball coach since March 2018, has resigned from the latter role to focus solely on being AD. Associate head coach John Aiken has been promoted to succeed him as head coach of the Cowboys.

“I’ve had a great run as a coach. I truly feel like I’ve been the luckiest man in the world,” Schroyer said in a statement. “I’m a first-generation college student who grew up on a dairy farm. My coaching career has led me to this wonderful town, and this great opportunity to join this University’s leadership team.”

This will be the first Division I head coaching opportunity for Aiken, who has been with the program since the start of Schroyer’s tenure in 2018. He previously worked with Schroyer at Tennessee-Martin and in between spent two years at Nicholls, during which time the Colonels were Southland champions.

“John is more than ready to step into that role,” said Schroyer. “John will bring an energy to our kids, and will no doubt take the program to the next level. We have a great core of players who have eligibility remaining. I’m very excited about the future of Cowboy basketball.”


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