Shawn Forrest Named Assistant Coach for Bulldog Basketball

May 23, 2016

RUSTON – Louisiana Tech head coach Eric Konkol announced on Monday the addition of Shawn Forrest as assistant coach on the men’s basketball staff.

Forrest brings 18 years of college coaching experience to Ruston, most recently spending three years at fellow Conference USA member WKU.

“Shawn Forrest is an experienced and respected coach with a tireless work ethic,” Konkol said. “He is a skilled teacher, a relentless recruiter and a gifted mentor to student-athletes. Shawn has been a part of several championship teams during his career and has strong ties to this region. Our student-athletes will benefit from his genuine interest in their development and his ability to help them become their best. We are very happy to have Shawn and his family as part of our Louisiana Tech family.”

While at Western Kentucky, Forrest helped the Hilltoppers to back-to-back 20-win seasons while coaching two-time all-conference selections in T.J. Price and George Fant.

This past season, WKU was one of only two league teams (along with LA Tech) to beat conference regular season champion UAB and conference tournament champion Middle Tennessee.

“I am very thankful to coach Konkol for the opportunity to join his staff at Louisiana Tech,” Forrest said. “Coach Konkol is an excellent coach with a great basketball mind and a great person, plus he has been successful everywhere he has been and that was something I could not pass up.

“LA Tech has great basketball tradition and a rich history. I am extremely excited about the future of LA Tech basketball under the leadership of coach Konkol and cannot wait to keep building on the success he and his staff have already had.”

Before heading to Bowling Green, Forrest spent the 2012-13 season as an assistant coach at Louisiana-Lafayette where he helped mentor Elfrid Payton and Shawn Long. Payton went on to become the 10th overall selection in the 2014 NBA Draft while Long would later become Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year.

 

 

Forrest also spent time at another current C-USA school in North Texas. In 2011, he helped land a recruiting class that was ranked as high as No. 31 in the country.

Among the signees was Tony Mitchell who later became the highest NBA Draft pick in North Texas history when he was selected No. 37 overall by the Detroit Pistons. Another one those signees was Jordan Williams who finished his career as the ninth highest scoring player in Mean Green history.

He helped NT to three consecutive seasons of 20+ wins, highlighted in 2009-10 when the Mean Green went 24-9 and won the Sun Belt Conference West Division title and the Sun Belt Conference Tournament, advancing to the NCAA Tournament.

Prior to that, Forrest spent six seasons (2002-08) at Arkansas State where he played a critical part in multiple top-100 recruiting classes which included a pair of two-time All-Sun Belt Conference players, a Sun Belt Conference Newcomer of the Year, a league-leading scorer, a second-leading scorer and a third-leading scorer.

Forrest joined the Red Wolf staff after serving as the recruiting coordinator at Florida A&M during the 2001-02 season.

While at Florida A&M, Forrest helped the Rattlers to a fourth-place finish in the MEAC, which was the highest the program had finished in 10 years.

Forrest got his start in collegiate coaching as a graduate assistant at Troy for three seasons from 1998-99 to 2000-01. During that time, Forrest worked with the guards and assisted with recruiting, academics and travel.

Forrest received his bachelor's degree from the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff in 1998. He and his wife, Renea, have three daughters, Abri, Aaliyah and Alyssa.

Forrest’s hire is subject to final approval from the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors.

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