Wes Flanigan

Wes Flanigan (born April 19, 1946)

Current position: Assistant men’s basketball coach
Current team: Ole Miss Rebels (Head coach: Chris Beard)
Current conference: Southeastern Conference (SEC)
Teams coached: Little Rock Trojans
Little Rock record: 22-42 (.344)
Overall record: 22-42 (.344)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  0
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  0


  • USBWA Most Courageous Award (1997)

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2023-present Ole Miss (asst)
2018-2023 Auburn (asst)
2016-2018 Little Rock
2015-2016 Little Rock (asst)
2012-2015 Mississippi State (asst)
2010-2012 Nebraska (asst)
2008-2010 UAB (asst)
2004-2008 Arkansas-Little Rock (asst)
2000-2004 NW Mississippi CC (asst)

Wes Flanigan Facts

  • Wes Flanigan
  • Born April 19, 1974
  • Hometown: Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Alma Mater: Auburn University (BA, 1997)
  • Played four seasons at Auburn for head coach Cliff Ellis; was All-SEC Freshmen in 1994 and All-SEC as a junior in 1996
    • Had surgery to remove a malignant tumor from his arm then returned to playing; given the USBWA Most Courageous Award in 1997
  • Started his coaching career at NW Mississippi CC in Senatobia, MS, working there four years before returning home to Little Rock
  • His first stint at Arkansas-Little Rock was as one of Steve Shields‘ assistants; part of two Sun Belt East Division champion teams
  • Spent two years each under Mike Davis at UAB and Doc Sadler at Nebraska, then three seasons under Rick Ray and Mississippi State
  • Returned to Little Rock in 2015 to be on Chris Beard‘s staff; part of the Trojans team that won 30 games and upset Purdue in the NCAA Tournament
    • Elevated to head coach in 2016 following Beard’s departure, but went just 22-42 in two seasons at the helm
    • After dropping from 15-17 in his first season to 7-25 in his second, Flanigan was fired as head coach
  • Hired by Bruce Pearl in 2018 to be an assistant at alma mater Auburn; worked with the Tigers for five years and was part of the 2018-19 team that reached the NCAA Final Four for the first time in program history
  • Reunited with Beard in 2023, becoming one of his assistant coaches at Ole Miss

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