Jay Ladner will look to continue the building process at Southeastern as he enters his third season as head coach of the Lions in 2016-17.
Ladner led Southeastern to a three-game improvement in his second season in 2015-16. Southeastern won eight of its final 11 regular season games to finish 12-21 overall and 9-9 in Southland Conference play, its best league mark since the 2012-13 season. The Lions also won their first conference tournament game since that season when they defeated New Orleans, 84-74, in the first round.
Guard Zay Jackson was selected third-team All-Conference while forward Jordan Capps made the All-Tournament team.
In his first season at Southeastern, Ladner guided the Lions through a grinding schedule to a 9-23 overall record (6-12 Southland) and back to the Southland Tournament for the third year straight year. Four Lions averaged double-digit points while Jackson and DeVonte Upson were honorable selection All-Conference.
Fresh off a junior college national championship at Jones County Junior College in Ellisville, Miss., Ladner was named the 12th head coach in the history of the men's basketball program at Southeastern on April 10, 2014.
Ladner spent the previous two seasons as head coach at Jones County. The Bobcats were 17-8 in his first season, finishing second in the MACJC's South Division, and during the 2013-14 season Jones County became the first Mississippi junior college to win a national championship.
Eleventh-seeded Jones County, which set a school record for wins after finishing the season 28-5, became the lowest-seeded school to win a NJCAA basketball title in any division and the first school in tournament history to win five games in five days to win the championship.
To grab the NJCAA Division I title, Ladner's squad defeated, in succession, No. 22-seeded Highland College (Ill.), No. 6-seeded Hill College (Texas), No. 3-seeded Chipola College (Fla.), No. 2-seeded Vincennes College (Ind.) and top-seeded Indian Hills Community College, 87-77.
Ladner spent the 2011-12 season as head coach at his alma mater, Oak Grove High School, in Hattiesburg, Miss.
Prior to taking the reins at his alma mater, Ladner spent the first 20 seasons of his career as the head coach at St. Stanislaus College in Bay St. Louis, Miss.
He led the Rockachaws to the 2011 MHSAA 4A state championship and a state runner-up finish in 2010. Following the state title, Ladner was named the Mississippi Association of Coaches (MAC) Coach of the Year. During his tenure, the Hattiesburg, Miss., native coached St. Stanislaus to 10 state tournament appearances.
Three times Ladner was named South Mississippi Coach of the Year by the Biloxi Sun-Herald. He served as head coach of the Mississippi squad in the 2010 Alabama/Mississippi All-Star Game, leading his squad to a 114-88 victory.
Ladner compiled a 511-189 high school coaching record.
A member of Southern Mississippi's 1987 NIT Championship team, Ladner received his bachelor's degree in pre-medicine/biology, with a minor in chemistry, from Southern Miss in 1988. He received his master's degree in educational administration from Southern Miss in 1999.
Ladner and wife Jennifer have two children, Chelsea and Luke.
Called "one of the outstanding young assistant coaches in the country” by Southeastern head coach Jay Ladner, David Kiefer begins his second season on the Lion staff in 2016-17. Kiefer was elevated to associate head coach this offseason after serving as an assistant coach in 2015-16.
In his first season at Southeastern, the Lions went 12-21, won their final seven home games and nine of 13 overall and defeated New Orleans for their first tournament win since 2013.
Prior to coming to Southeastern, Kiefer spent a year on the staff at South Carolina, serving as the team’s director of video services. At South Carolina he handled all aspects of the Gamecocks’ video services, serving also as coordinator for Frank Martin’s Summer Camps.
Kiefer previously served as an assistant coach at Northwest Florida State College where he handled team travel, recruiting and individual player development, along with opponent scouting and film exchange. The 2013-14 campaign saw all eight of its sophomore’s graduate, with each signing to play Division I basketball.
Prior to his time with the Raiders, Kiefer served as an assistant coach at Jones County Junior College (2012-13), as an assistant at Arlington Country Day High School (2011-12), as a volunteer video assistant at Central Florida (2010-11), as the head junior varsity and assistant varsity coach at St. Mary’s Ryken of the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference (WCAC), and as a student manager at Kansas State (2006-08) and in the same capacity at Cincinnati (2005-06).
Kiefer graduated from Kansas State with a degree in social sciences in 2007, and he received his master’s degree from Salem International in 2013. Kiefer is a native of St. Petersburg, Fla., and he and his wife Mia have a son, Austin.
Stiebing is starting his second season as an assistant coach for the Lions in 2016-17. In his first season in 2015-16, serving as a special assistant to head coach Jay Ladner, the squad won 12 games, an improvement of four wins from the prior season.
Stiebing has a wealth of coaching experience, from the high school and college level to the professional and international game. Prior to Southeastern, he coached the Al-Sharjah Basketball Club in Sharjah, UAE in 2014-15, leading the team to the playoffs with a 13-12 record. In June of 2014, he was the featured speaker at the FIBA Coaching Clinic in Kuwait.
Stiebing was the head coach and consultant for the Sichuan Jingiang Blue Whales of Wenjiang, China, in 2012-13, leading the Blue Whales to China’s National Basketball League championship. He also coached the Blue Whales in 2010-11, finishing with a 39-14 record. Sichuan Jingiang qualified for the NBL playoffs both seasons, the first time the Blue Whales had made the playoffs in 12 seasons. Sichuan Jingiang became the first team from the Sichuan Province in 51 years to win the regular season title in 2010 and set a league record with 13 straight wins. The Blue Whales also finished third in 2011 with an 11-7 record.
In between those stints with Sichuan Jingiang, Stiebing coached the CBA Fujian SBS Sturgeons of JinJiang, China, leading the team to the playoffs with a 17-15 record. The nine-game improvement from the previous season was the best in the league.
Stiebing was an assistant coach at Loyola University of New Orleans from 2007-10. During those seasons, Loyola enjoyed its first winning season since 1994-95, its first back to back winning seasons since 1970-72, its first winning conference record since joining the GCAC and its most wins in a season since 1947-48. He helped institute the Triangle offense and secondary break and helped the Wolfpack improve their field goal percentage and points per game each season.
Stiebing recorded a 125-60 record as head coach of the Qatar National Team from 2003-07. Qatar was the Arabian Gulf champions and the silver medalist at the Asian Games in 2006. In 2005, Qatar won the West Asian championship for the first time and also qualified for the FIBA World Championships for the first time after finishing third at the Asian Championships. The squad won both the Stankovic Asian Cup title and the Arabian Gulf championship in 2004. Qatar also recorded its highest finish at the 2003 FIBA Asian Championships, taking third.
Stiebing was the men’s basketball head coach at the University of New Orleans from 1997-2001, finishing with a 57-58 record. He was the Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year in 2000-01 after leading the Privateers to a second-place finish in the West Division. He also recruited and coached two All-Sun Belt performers, the Sun Belt Freshman of the Year in 1997-98 and the league’s leading scorer that season.
Stiebing had been an assistant coach at UNO from 1990-97 during which the Privateers went 150-62, won four regular season and one conference tournament titles, reached the postseason five times (three NCAA, two NIT) and won 20 or more games six times, including five straight seasons. He recruited and coached eight All-Sun Belt performers, including two league MVPs, and the 1996 and ’97 Sun Belt Newcomer of the Year.
Stiebing started his head coaching career at Archbishop Shaw High School in Marrero, La. where he went 109-45 from 1986-90. He led Shaw to the 1988-89 state and district championships. His 1989-90 squad defeated the Russian Junior National Team 73-60 and went on to win a LHSAA Class 4A record 30 games for the third straight season. The 1986-87 team set a team record for district wins and became the first in school history to qualify for the playoffs the following season. Stiebing also coached seven players who went on to play college basketball.
Stiebing was an assistant coach at Shaw from 1985-86 after serving as a student assistant under Dale Brown at LSU from 1982-84.
Stiebing received a Master of Education degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of New Orleans in December 1996. He had received a Bachelor of Science in distributive education with a minor in business education from Louisiana State University in August 1985. He graduated from Archbishop Rummel High School in Metairie, La. in May 1979. He played for two state championships while at Rummel.
Odell Witherspoon III enters his first season as an assistant coach on the Lions staff.
The 2000 University of North Carolina at Charlotte graduate has spent the past eight seasons as an assistant, the past seven on the collegiate level. Among the players he has helped developed is Hassan Whiteside of the Miami Heat.
Witherspoon comes to Southeastern from Palm Beach State College in Palm Beach, Fla., where he served as recruiting coordinator, academic liaison and living quarters director. In his one season at Palm Beach, he assisted head coach Martin McCann in leading the squad to a 24-8 record that included a second place finish in the Region 8 Southern Conference and the Southern Conference Tournament championship. Palm Beach ranked as high as No. 3 in the NJCAA national rankings and advanced to the Region 8 Tournament semifinals. Witherspoon also helped develop first-team All-Conference performers Joe Powell and Shawntrez Davis.
Prior to Palm Beach, Witherspoon spent three seasons as an assistant at North Carolina A&T in Greensboro, N.C., where he served as assistant recruiting coordinator, assistant defensive coordinator and lead coach in the development of post players. He helped develop Bruce Beckford, a 2013 MEAC All-Freshman selection, and Austin Witter, the 2013 MEAC Defensive Player of the Year and a third-team All-MEAC pick.
The 2012-13 North Carolina A&T squad won the MEAC title, advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1995 and became the first Aggie team to win an NCAA Tournament game in nine tries while recording its first 20-win season since 1987-88.
Witherspoon started his collegiate coaching career at Gulf Coast Community College in Panama City, Fla., where he served as the recruiting coordinator, academic liaison and living quarters director from 2009-12. He helped head coach Jay Powell lead the team to an 18-11 record and a third-place finish in the Panhandle Conference in 2009-10. Gulf Coast sent 13 sophomores on to four-year institutions – 11 to Division I – during his tenure.
Witherspoon’s coaching career started at The Patterson School in Lenoir, N.C. in 2008-09. He assisted head coach Chris Chaney in leading the team to a 34-3 record and the No. 1 prep school ranking for most of that season. Seven members of that team went on to the Division I level. Witherspoon also coached the men’s “B” team.
Witherspoon has also served as the client relations manager and a marketing intern for the McNeil Sports Group in Houston, Texas; as basketball operations coordinator for the Momentum Sports Group in San Antonio, Texas; and as an administrative intern for the Charlotte Coliseum in Charlotte, N.C.
Witherspoon earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte in 2000.
Wilson is entering his first season as the director of basketball operations at Southeastern. Wilson previously served in the same role at Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Ala. from 2012-16.
Wilson was also a graduate assistant coach at Jacksonville State from January to May 2012 and the program’s head equipment manager from 2004-09.
Wilson received a Bachelor of Science degree with a concentration in business marketing from Jacksonville State in 2009.
Ardis is starting his first season as the video and camp coordinator for the Lions. He has served the past two seasons as Southeastern’s head manager and assistant video coordinator.
Ardis received his Bachelor of Science in Sports Management from Southeastern while also minoring in athletic coaching. He twice made the President’s List and was named to the Dean’s List in Fall 2015.
Ardis received an Associate of Arts, General Studies degree in Arts and Humanities from South Louisiana Community College in Lafayette in 2011. He graduated from Fontainebleau High School in Mandeville, La. in 2002. While at Fontainebleau, he lettered three years in basketball and was named first-team all-district in 2001 and ’02 and All-Metro in 2001.
Ardis also coached and managed two AAU teams from Mandeville from 2005-09.