In case you missed it, the LSU-Eunice athletic program recently announced that they have decided to eliminate their men's basketball program due to budget constraints.

As a result, former LSU-E basketball head coach Byron Starks was without a job. But, that didn't last long.

The former UL Ragin' Cajuns standout has been named the new head men's basketball coach at Baton Rouge Community College.

"Byron has been successful at every stop in his career, and I am confident that he will continue to do the same here at BRCC,” Baton Rouge Community College Athletic Director Brock Kantrow said. “He is a proven winner at every level he coached and played coached on. More importantly, he’s a molder of men.”

Starks, a native of Grambling, Louisiana, spent four seasons at the helm of the LSU-E program, where he amassed an 84-33 record and went an impressive 39-6 in conference play.

LSU-E  won four Louisiana Community College Athletic Conference (LCCAC) titles and Starks was named the Louisiana Association of Basketball Coaches (LABC) Junior College Coach of the Year four times.

Before joining the college ranks, Starks was a successful high school coach at Lafayette Christian Academy. His career record there was 170-28 with two state championships (2017 and 2018).

Starks was an outstanding prep player at Grambling High and was named the top-rated player in the state in 1990. He went on to have a stellar career for Louisiana (USL at the time).

He helped lead two teams to NCAA Tournament appearances in 1992 and 1994. Starks was a two-time First-Team All-Sun Belt Conference selection.


In 2011, Starks was inducted into the Ragin' Cajun Hall of Fame. He played professional basketball in the Netherlands for one year before returning home to begin his coaching career.

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