Former Auburn All-SEC basketball star Wes Flanigan is getting his big break in the coaching ranks.
Flanigan is expected to be named the next head coach at Arkansas-Little Rock, according to Arkansas Online’s Troy Schulte. He will replace Chris Beard, who was hired by UNLV on Monday.
This will be Flanigan’s first head coaching job, and his coaching career now comes full circle. He began as an assistant at Little Rock from 2004-08 before transitioning to Nebraska (2010-12) and Mississippi State (2012-15). He ultimately returned to Little Rock last season as associate head coach.
Flanigan played in 92 games as a three-year starter for Auburn from 1994-97, averaging 11.2 points and 4.7 assists during his career. His 573 assists are the second-most in school history.
Flanigan also has strong ties to Little Rock. He was named Arkansas’ Mr. Basketball by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette as a senior at Little Rock Parkview High School in 1993.
Flanigan will have a tough task ahead of him to keep the program humming along after it just wrapped up one of the best seasons in school history. The Trojans finished 30-5 and made their second appearance in the NCAA Round of 32 after upsetting Purdue in the first round as a No. 12 seed.