One of the best basketball players to ever come out of Amherst, Wisconsin, is now in charge of his own hoops program.
On Monday, Eric Konkol was introduced as the new head men’s basketball coach at Louisiana Tech University. For Konkol, the move means he’ll be a head coach for the first time in his career.
Konkol was one of the most decorated prep stars from Amherst, holding several school scoring records. Following high school, he went to play for Bo Ryan at UW-Platteville, joining the team a season after they won the national title in 1995. Following the 1997 season, he transferred to WIAC rival UW-Eau Claire and played through his graduation in 2000.
Once his playing days were over, Konkol immediately got into the coaching side of basketball, holding assistant positions at Tulsa, Tennessee, North Dakota State, George Mason, and Miami.
Konkol takes over a Bulldogs team that went 27-9 last season and reached the quarterfinals of the NIT. He replaces Michael White, who left the program to take the same position at the University of Florida.