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Southern University Athletics Director Roman Banks introduced longtime assistant coach Carlos Funchess as the program's next head women's basketball coach during an introductory press conference Thursday (6/21) inside the F.G. Clark Activity Center.subr carlos funchessFunchess

During the previous 13 seasons, Funchess served as assistant coach under former head coach Sandy Pugh at Southern University, where he worked exclusively with developing the Jaguars post players, including All-SWAC performers Frederika Lewis, Freda Allen, Jasmine Jefferson and Briana Green.

Since his arrival to Baton Rouge in 2005, Funchess has been instrumental in guiding the women's basketball program at Southern University to five SWAC regular season and three SWAC Tournament titles.

Funchess is also known as a tireless recruiter, canvassing much of the Southeast and Texas for hidden talent which has helped Southern become a perennial SWAC title contender.

A native of Magee, Miss., Funchess is a former two-time All-Southland Conference performer and the 1991 co-Player of the Year at then-Northeast Louisiana University (ULM) and received national recognition after his senior season when he won the 1991 College Slam Dunk Contest on ESPN.

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