BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - After the abrupt departure of Shawn Forrest, LSU head coach Johnny Jones has found his replacement. It was announced today that David Patrick will join the LSU Tiger basketball coaching staff.
Patrick served as a Player Personnel scout for the Houston Rockets, while also coaching at St. Mary's and Nicholls State.
In May, Yahoo Sports reported that while with the NBA's Rockets, Patrick had been suspended for one year for impermissible contact with players during the NBA lockout.
The Rockets were not fined or penalized. Patrick's contact with players was ruled to be personal communication, rather than part of team business.
Patrick, born in Bermuda and raised in Melbourne, Australia, was the 1995 Louisiana Player of the Year after transferring to Chapel Trafton in Baton Rouge for his senior year of high school.
He was a member of Syracuse's 1996 Final Four team before transferring to Louisiana-Lafayette, where he played three seasons.
Patrick started his coaching career in 2005 at Nicholls State, before being hired as director of basketball operations at St. Mary's in 2006. He was quickly promoted to assistant coach for the Gaels.
Johnny Jones said, "We are definitely excited about the addition of David Patrick to our staff. He will not only be able to help us with game planning and practice preparation, but we look forward to him helping to raise our level of recruiting at LSU, both regionally as well as nationally. With his background in both Division I and professional basketball, he brings a level of experience to our program that will help us to move forward."