Jay Ladner is leaving St. Stanislaus for Oak Grove High School

BAY ST. LOUIS, MS  (WLOX) -  Oak Grove High School Athletic Director Terry Underwood told WLOX that Jay Ladner is the new boys basketball coach.  The Lamar County School Board met Thursday night and approved Ladner's hiring.

Underwood said, "We are getting one of the most outstanding high school basketball coaches in the South and we are looking forward to his arrival."

Ladner is a graduate of Oak Grove High School where he was a standout baseball and basketball player.

St. Stanislaus Athletic Director Stacy McRaney told WLOX that he was not aware of the hiring.  He's attending a coaches clinic in Jackson.

McRaney said, "If Ladner is leaving I  believe St. Stanisalus will be able to hire a very good basketball coach."

He also said Ladner was an outstanding coach who provided leadership and a winning attitude for the students at St. Stanislaus.  He guided the Rockachaws to the Class 4A State Championship title this past season.

The 2010-2011 Rockachaws posted a 34-2 record en route to the championship and had a winning streak of 29 consecutive games.  Both were school records.

Ladner was named the Mississippi Association of Coaches 2011 Boys Basketball Coach of the Year.

He is a super coach but even a better person.  Oak Grove High School is gaining someone special, a coach who will turn the Warriors into a basketball power.

Ladner replaces Ed Bradley who left Oak Grove High School to become head basketball coach at Long Beach High School.

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