Rickey Broussard enters his second season on the staff of LSU Coach John Brady after 12 years as the head men’s basketball coach at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux.
Broussard came to LSU with credentials that fit in very nicely with the LSU program: strong recruiting ability, post-season tournament experience and an excellent on-court teacher.
He’s involved with all those facets of the LSU program, including on-court coaching and he works with Coach John Brady on the scheduling of future games for the LSU team.
Broussard, a 1970 graduate of Louisiana Lafayette, is one of just two Southland Conference coaches to record 100 career league wins. He led the Colonels to two SLC regular season and tournament titles as well as trips to the NCAA Tournament in both 1995 and 1998. During his 12 seasons, Broussard led Nicholls State to top three finishes in the SLC eight times while becoming just the second coach in the history of Colonel basketball to win 150 games.
He left Nicholls State with an overall record of 150-183 while putting together a 113-89 record in Southland Conference play. Broussard has coached six first-team All-SLC selections, while picking up SLC Coach of the Year accolades three times. In 10 of the 11 seasons Nicholls State was in the Southland Conference, the Colonels had a player named to the SLC’s first team. Showing his recruiting abilities, Broussard has coached three of the last six SLC Newcomers of the Year at Nicholls State.
One of the highlights for Broussard in SLC play came in 1998 when Nicholls State rattled off 14 straight wins to start conference play and finished the regular season with a 15-1 record. The Colonels were one of just seven NCAA Division I schools to capture conference titles by going undefeated or losing just one game during league play.
While at Nicholls, Broussard has been invited to be a clinician at the NCAA’s Yes Clinics at the Final Four and has also lectured at the Louisiana High School Coaches Association convention and the Mississippi All Sports Clinic. For the past three seasons, Broussard served on the NCAA’s Southeast Regional Advisory Committee and as a voter on the ESPN/USA Today’s top 25 poll.
Prior to becoming the head coach at Nicholls State, Broussard served six seasons as a college assistant. From 1983-86, at Louisiana Lafayette, formerly the University of Southwestern Louisiana, he served at a time when the Cajuns won 55 games and made it to the National Invitation Tournament twice, including 1984 when the team was in the NIT Final Four. In 1986, he moved to South Florida where he served as an assistant for three seasons. He then coaches one year at North Vermilion High School before being tabbed for the Nicholls State job.
In all, Broussard spent 13 seasons as a prep coach with 12 of his teams advancing to the Louisiana state layoffs. His other prep stops besides North Vermilion include Meaux, Fatima and St. Thomas More High Schools in the Lafayette area. He also coached the 1981 Acadiana All-Star AAU junior basketball team to a national runner-up finish.
“Rickey Broussard brings coaching experience from every level, recruiting expertise at challenging places, and a personality that will fit in well with the belief system that we have established,” said LSU Coach John Brady. “My association with Rickey goes back to 1977 when I was at Crowley High School and Rickey was the head coach at Fatima in Lafayette. He is an extremely positive person and an excellent teacher. I have always felt one aspect of a successful program was to surround yourself with experienced, talented and loyal people. Rickey, without question, fits that type of coach and person.”
Broussard is married to the former Paula Goff. Broussard has two daughters, Catrelle and Stephanie, while wife Paula has a son, Damon.
The Broussard File
Year at LSU: Second
Birth Date: Sept. 28, 1948
Children: Catrelle, Stephanie, Damon
College: BS, Louisiana Lafayette, ’70
M. Ed., Louisiana Lafayette, ’73
College Coaching Experience
1983-86 — Assistant Coach, Louisiana Lafayette
1986-89 — Assistant Coach, South Florida
1990-02 — Head Coach, Nicholls State University
NCAA Tournament, 1995, 1998
SLC Coach of the Year, 1992, 1995, 1998
LSWA Coach of the Year, 1995, 1998
NABC District 8 Coach of the Year, 1998
Two Southland Conf. Regular Season Titles
Two SLC Tournament Titles
2002- — Assistant Coach, LSU
NCAA Tournament, 2003