This week’s coaching change wheel stop at St. Fred’s. Thursday, the school announced the hiring of Derek Lopez as their basketball coach.
This will serve as a reunion for Lopez and Warriors Head Football Coach and Athletic Director, Andy Robinson. Both previously spent time at Ouachita.
For the last three seasons, Lopez serves as Jeremy Madison’s assistant on the Lions basketball team.
Before, he led West Ouachita’s and Jennings’ basketball programs.
Lopez was asked about the emotions of bidding farewell to Ouachita.
“Very tough, ” says Lopez. “Telling St. Fred’s ‘yes’ was easy. Telling Ouachita ‘bye’ was hard. You know I kind of get emotional just thinking about it. I had some great, great years at Ouachita. Think the world of Jeremy Madison. So very, very tough for me.”