Pippins will be GA for SAU men’s basketball | Southern Arkansas College Sports

Ryan Pippins has been hired as a graduate assistant coach for Southern Arkansas men’s basketball.

“I’m thrilled to add Ryan to our coaching staff,” said head coach Logan Quinn. “Over the past few years, our graduate assistants have gone on and done great things in college and professional basketball. Pip, having played at the Division I and Division II levels, will bring his experience and hard work to our program. He will be an asset on the court with our current players, and he will have an impact on the recruiting track – especially with his knowledge of Arkansas State.I am thrilled to add him to our basketball family.

Pippins, who played at Little Rock Parkview under SAU Sports Hall of Famer Al Flanigan, began his college playing career at Arkansas-Little Rock where he spent four seasons with the Trojans, before playing his final two years at the Division II Pittsburg State.

“I am thrilled and passionate about serving as a graduate assistant for Coach Quinn and SAU’s winning program,” remarked Pippins. “I’ve been playing basketball since I can remember. I’ve always been told that I have a ‘high’ basketball IQ and should consider coaching as a career. I expect my stay here at Southern Arkansas University expand my coaching skills and I look forward to being part of the winning tradition that is being built here at SAU.”

In two seasons with the Gorillas, Pippins played in 48 of the team’s 50 games, making 37 starts and averaging 29.4 minutes per game and leading the team in minutes played both seasons. In 2021-22, Pippins led PSU in scoring six times and rebounding three times, while averaging 8.6 ppg and 3.7 rpg in addition to leading the team in free throw 83.6% behind a team record 61 in assists (46) and points scored (233).

While with the hometown Trojans, Pippins played in 52 games with 13 starts at 18.3 minutes per game.

Pippins graduated from Arkansas-Little Rock in May 2020 with his Bachelor of Science in Health Education Promotion with a minor in Health and Sport Management. Last May, he completed a master’s degree in health, human performance and recreation sciences with a specialization in sports and recreation services management. Pippins was an MIAA Academic Honor Roll recipient.

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