Stacy Hollowell announced as next head coach at New Orleans

Louisiana-native and former Loyola (LA) head coach Stacy Hollowell was announced on Thursday as the next head coach at New Orleans. Hollowell led the Wolfpack to a NAIA National Championship in 2022 and spent the 2023-24 season working as an assistant under Johnny Jones at Texas Southern.

“Stacy Hollowell is a coach that I have watched for the past several years,” said AD Tim Duncan. “From his national championship season through his time at Ole Miss and Texas Southern, we have talked about the alignment of our basketball philosophies.”

“Coach Hollowell is a family man, a strong recruiter, an innovative basketball mind, and has links to our glorious past through his unique and personal relationship with New Orleans Athletics Hall of Fame Coach Tim Floyd. I am confident he is the leader we need to compete for Southland Conference Championships and NCAA postseason berths! I would like to thank Renaissance Search & Consulting for helping us sort through the overwhelming amount of interest we received over the past week.”

Hollowell was born in Shreveport and raised in Mandeville, just across the lake from New Orleans. He spent twelve years at Loyola (LA), the last eight as head coach. His 2021-22 squad went 37-1 overall, won the SSAC and went on to win the NAIA National Championship, all of which earned Hollowell the NABC NAIA National COY award.

He left after the season to become associate athletic director for men’s basketball at Ole Miss, then returned to the sidelines this past year in the SWAC as a member of Jones‘ coaching staff.

“As a young aspiring player dribbling the basketball down my street in Mandeville, I was lucky enough to meet Coach Tim Floyd. From that moment until now he has been a friend and mentor and I am honored to be able to follow in his footsteps,” said Hollowell. “As a kid I had the fortune of seeing how electric Lakefront Arena could be and how galvanized Metro New Orleans could be when UNO basketball was winning.  Throughout my career I’ve been able to work with and build relationships with a number of former UNO coaches. This opportunity is the one I’ve hoped for all along and I could not be more excited to be the next head coach at the University of New Orleans.”

New Orleans has struggled the last couple years and has not been to the NCAA Tournament since 2017. Former head coach Mark Slessinger resigned earlier this month after thirteen seasons to return to his home state and become the associate head coach at Indiana State.


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