TERRE HAUTE —
David Ragland was the first person Indiana State men’s basketball coach Greg Lansing hired to his staff when he became the Sycamores’ head coach in 2010.
After four successful seasons, Ragland has decided to move on. Ragland will join Chris Jans’ staff at Bowling Green State University.
“Chris Jans is someone everyone on our staff knows pretty well,” Ragland said Monday. “I’ve known him for about 10 years. It’s someone we trust and respect. He’s like us. He’s a hard worker. My knowing him is how it came about.”
Ragland’s wife, Annie, has family near Bowling Green, Ohio, so it was a move that works out for Ragland’s entire family.
“My wife will be moving closer to her family, and it’s a place where I’ve had success recruiting in Ohio. The way their program is moving and how progressive they want to be, it kind of makes sense,” Ragland said.
“The community and campus have been great. Everything about Indiana State has been wonderful for myself and my family,” Ragland added. “It’s hard to leave, but when the time calls for you to make a move, you have to respond to it and make a move.”
Ragland came to ISU in 2010 after he spent two seasons as Vincennes University’s head coach. Vincennes was 44-19 in Ragland’s two seasons there. He was also an assistant at VU for three years.
“We’re losing a tremendous coach and person. This is something ‘Rags’ couldn’t pass up. It’s really good for him and his family,” Lansing said. “He was good with the guys and he was good with all aspects of his job. He was such a good person, and the guys gravitated towards him. That’ll be tough to replace.”
ISU has not had a losinag season with Ragland on Lansing’s staff. He had a lot of fond memories, including graduating several players, and was in his first year on staff when ISU went to the 2011 NCAA Tournament.
“It’s hard to top going to the tournament. Winning that [2011 Missouri Valley Conference Tournament] championship game against Missouri State, it was a really good feeling with everybody being into that moment. In that moment, you got to reap that benefit,” Ragland said.
ISU has a replacement for Ragland targeted, but he has to go through university process before he can be named.