FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Former University of Washington assistant Byron Boudreaux has joined Stan Heath’s basketball staff at the University of Arkansas as an assistant coach, it was announced on Friday.
In addition, Darren Sorenson has joined the staff as administrative assistant.
Boudreaux, who joins Rob Flaska and Oronde Taliaferro as new assistants on Heath’s staff, spent the last seven seasons in Seattle after working the 1994 and 1995 seasons as an assistant at Oral Roberts. He was the associate head coach at Washington in 2001 and 2002.
“Byron is well-experienced,” Heath says. “He was at Washington the last seven years as well as Oral Roberts before that. His background in Louisiana, as well as his national ties, will enhance our staff. He is a diligent worker with a strong knowledge of the game and he will work well with our players.”
Boudreaux, a native of Lafayette, La., who earned his bachelor’s in physical education from the University of Tulsa in 1987, began his coaching career as an assistant at Queens College in Charlotte, N.C., from 1991-93. Boudreaux played four years at Tulsa, lettering from 1984-87, and is second on the school’s all-time career assists chart with 457.
At Washington, Boudreaux served as the recruiting coordinator and helped supervise the academic progress of the players. In his seven seasons, the Huskies advanced to post-season play four times, playing in the NIT in 1996 and 1997, and the NCAA Tournament in 1998 and 1999.
The 1996 NIT appearance was the first post-season appearance for Washington in nine seasons. The 1998 team was the first Huskie squad to reach the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament since 1984.
At Arkansas, Boudreaux will work with the post players and monitor the academic progress of the Razorbacks. Flaska will work primarily with wing players and serve as the staff’s compliance contact. Taliaferro will work with guards, monitor the strength and conditioning program and assist with player development.
“I really wanted to have a balanced staff with strengths in several different areas,” Heath says. “Each guy has different responsibilities, and Byron, Rob and Oronde are all strong recruiters.”
As a player, Boudreaux led the Golden Hurricane with 4.9 assists and 1.3 steals while scoring 9.7 points a game in leading UT to the 1986 Missouri Valley Conference Tournament title and a trip to the NCAA Tournament. In 1987, he led the team with 5.9 assists and 1.3 steals while scoring 6.4 points in helping Tulsa win the MVC regular season title and earn another trip to the NCAA Tournament. He averaged 1.7 points and 1.4 assists as a freshman and 4.6 points and 2.7 assists as a sophomore.
In his four years at Tulsa, his teams were 27-4, 23-8, 23-9 and 22-8, respectively. Boudreaux played for former Arkansas head coach Nolan Richardson in 1984 and 1985, and for J.D. Barnett in 1986 and 1987.
Boudreaux prepped at Northside High School and was an honorable mention McDonald’s All-American as a senior when he averaged 18.6 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists per game.
Sorenson joins the staff after working as assistant coach and director of basketball operations at Jacksonville (Ala.) State in 2002.
“Darren is a young up-and-coming coach with strong computer and video editing skills,” Heath says. “His experience and background in scouting and running camps will add balance to our staff.”
Sorenson is a 1995 graduate of Mount Senario College in Ladysmith, Wis., with a bachelor’s in business administration. He was the head assistant coach at Mount Senario from 1997-98 after beginning his coaching career as a head coach on the high school level.
He has also worked as an administrative assistant at UCLA in 1999 and the director of basketball operations at Georgia State in 2000.