NEW ORLEANS, La. -- Dillard University has hired Mike Newell as its head men's basketball coach. The announcement was made Wedneseday by Athletic Director Dr. Kiki Baker Barnes.
"I believe Coach Newell's experience will help take our program to another level. His expertise in recruiting and player skill development make him an excellent fit," said Barnes.
Newell has been a head coach at the University of West Alabama, the University of Arkansas Monticello (UAM), Lamar University, and the University of Arkansas Little Rock (UALR). During his stint at these NCAA Division I and II programs, he has racked up 320 total wins, has seven 20 win seasons, has seven NCAA/NIT appearances, one Final Four Appearance (NIT), four regular season conference championships, three conference tournament championships, four coach of the year awards, one sweet 16 appearance (NCAA Division II, one regional final (NCAA-Division II) and produced seven 2,000-point scorers.
Newell has over 30 years of basketball coaching experience and a track record of reviving struggling programs. He has enjoyed success at every level, as a player and coach. In three years as a starter at Sam Houston State, the Bearkats were 76-13. Newell was inducted into the school's Hall of Fame in 1991.
Newell takes over a struggling men's program that produced only two road wins and a total of 15 wins in the last four years.