Legendary ULM Quarterback Humphries Named Assistant Women's Basketball Coach

Monroe -- After winning a national championship as the quarterback of the ULM football program, Stan Humphries returned to his alma mater and was named women’s basketball assistant coach, Director of Athletics Brian Wickstrom announced Thursday.

“This is an exciting step for ULM athletics. To have someone with great ties to ULM and the community become a member of our coaching staff fits the plan of raising the visibility of ULM athletics,” Wickstrom said. “I look forward to watching Jeff, E.J. and Stan take our women’s program to the next level.”

Humphries comes to ULM after coaching the past 12 seasons as both a girl’s basketball head coach and assistant coach at the high school level. This past season at West Monroe High School, Humphries guided the squad to a No. 1 ranking in the state. The team has won at least 25 games in all of the three seasons he's been there.

While at Ouachita Christian School, Humphries led the girl’s basketball team to the state semi-finals.

“It’s a great honor for me to have this opportunity at my alma mater. My whole life there’s been a love for basketball. My family, my wife’s family and my kids have all played basketball. It’s been my livelihood, and even though I played football, basketball has always been my love. For me to have this chance to start something new and fresh at the collegiate level, at my alma mater, has been a dream of mine for a long time,” said Humphries. “I know a lot of the high school coaches in the state from coaching against them for the last 12 years. I’ve seen a lot of players from coaching against them at tournaments throughout the state, from the 1A level to the 5A. I feel that will help in some aspect.”

Humphries first returned to ULM in 1999 as a Quarterback Coach with the football program. After two seasons, he was promoted to Offensive Coordinator in 2001.

In 2002, he joined the staff at Ouachita Christian School as an Offensive Coordinator with football and Assistant Coach with girl’s basketball. He stayed until 2008 when he took the position of Head Girl's Basketball Coach and Athletic Director at St. Mary’s High School in Natchitoches, La.

Humphries came back to the area in 2011 where he was named Assistant Girl’s Basketball Coach at West Monroe High School.

“He’s been a girl’s basketball coach in the area for the last 12 years so everyone now knows him as a basketball coach. He was very successful both at Ouachita Christian and St. Mary’s and he did a fantastic job at those programs after pouring his heart into it. He did the same thing in his three years at West Monroe. He’s a diligent worker and very passionate about the game. Stan has had a desire to get back to the collegiate level and we’re very, very happy for him and this opportunity for him to work at ULM. He wants to really be active and recruit players to go to ULM and enjoy the time like he did. Our high school and the West Monroe community were very fortunate to have him for three years and we appreciate all the hard work he put in that contributed to our success,” said John Green, head girl’s basketball coach at West Monroe High School.

As a player, Humphries led ULM to the 1987 Division I-AA football national title and is one of just two Warhawks to have his number (No. 11) retired from the football program. He is a San Diego Chargers Hall of Fame Inductee and led the team to their only Super Bowl appearance in 1995. He was also a member of the 1992 Washington Redskin Super Bowl XXVI Championship team.

Off the field, Humphries hosted the Stan Humphries Celebrity Classic golf tournament that raised over a million dollars in funds. It was created to establish the Brooke Humphries Field of Dreams wing in the Children’s Hospital in San Diego.

“We’re excited about the addition of Stan Humphries to our staff. As an esteemed alum of ULM he has a passion for ULM athletics. He has demonstrated his commitment to women’s basketball by coaching at the high school level for over a decade in Louisiana. He is well respected, not only in his region, but across the state,” said ULM head coach Jeff Dow. “I’m looking forward to the contributions Stan will make, not only in recruiting in this region but also with his on-the-floor responsibilities. As a highly successful former professional and collegiate athlete, he embodies the results of hard work and commitment. Stan and fellow assistant E.J. Ok are tremendous examples for current and future Warhawks.”

Humphries resides in Monroe with his wife Connie and his daughters Brooke (23) and Chelsea (21). Brooke is a former tennis letterwinner at Northwestern State and Chelsea is enrolled in graduate school at ULM.

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