Wes Flanigan is the new head coach of the Little Rock Trojans. He takes over for Chris Beard, who led the men’s basketball team to a record season and the NCAA tournament this year. Beard has now been hired by the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Flanigan has spent five years with the UALR program and most recently served as associate coach.
School officials made the announcement Thursday, with Director of Athletics Chasse Conque saying Flanigan "brings a wealth of experience, strong recruiting ties and a tireless worth ethic to the position."
As a teen, Flanigan had played for Little Rock's Parkview High School.
"As someone who was born and raised in Little Rock, this is a dream come true," Flanigan said in a statement released by the university.
"I want to thank Chasse Conque and Chancellor Joel Anderson for this opportunity. I also want to thank my family for their love and support. But none of this happens without the student-athletes on our team. We asked each of them to sacrifice, and they bought in, worked hard, were unselfish, and through that we have established a culture. The next step for us is determining how far we can go as a team. For all the success we had last season, together we all can help Little Rock take the next step.”