Curtis Loyd has been named head women’s basketball coach at LSUS.
“Please let me first thank Chancellor (Larry) Clark, Mr. (LSUS AD Lucas) Morgan and the members of the search committee for giving me this opportunity,” Loyd said. “I also want to thank my family — Holly, K-anna, Mia, Hunter, Ethel Loyd, my extended family, friends, former coaches and colleagues for their love and support. We are all excited to join the Pilot Family.
“Mr. Morgan has a great vision and high expectations for the women’s basketball Program and for myself to continue to thrive in a positive direction. This program will have a team first attitude and maintain on the foundation of Integrity, Persistence, Passion and Competing. I want to cultivate this program with quality recruits who will be positive representatives to LSU Shreveport and Shreveport community.”
“We are excited for Curtis to join the Pilot family as our new women’s basketball coach,” Morgan said. “He brings a wealth of experience from the highest level and we know he can take our program to places it hasn’t been before.”
Coach Loyd will take over a team left by the departed coach Valerie Huizar who led the squad to the National Tournament in both seasons as the head coach. He brings a wealth of coaching knowledge to the floor with 19 years of experience as an assistant coach at the NCAA Division I level.
Loyd comes to Shreveport from the Indiana University where he has served as the assistant coach under head coach Teri Morgan the past two seasons. Last season he helped the Hoosiers to an overall record of 21-12 which was the school’s best record since the 2008-2009 season.
Over the years Loyd has developed a reputation of being an outstanding recruiter and an extremely hard worker. He says that his team will be aggressive and play with passion and will be competitive but all that will come after successful trips on the recruiting trail.
“It is my goal to recruit good people and that will make good things not only happen on the court but in the classroom as well,” Loyd said. “I don’t just want a great team but a great program.”
Prior to his stop in Bloomington, Loyd was the associate head coach in his two previous stops: Minnesota (2010-2014) and Akron (2009-2010). He was an assistant coach at his first three stops in his career: Virginia (2004-2009), Arizona (1999-2004) and Colorado State (1996-1999).
His playing career consisted of two seasons at Northeastern Junior College (1989-1991) and Southern Utah University (1991-1993) in addition to playing professionally in Switzerland from 1994-1996. In 1993-1994 Loyd was the graduate assistant and team manager at his alma mater Southern Utah as he worked for both the basketball and track teams and later organized the first Slam and Jam 3-on-3 Tournament in addition to working with the teams marketing program assisting with promotions and advertisements.
— LSUS Sports Information