High School Sports

St. Stanislaus hires former player to be basketball coach

Aaron Dunklin
Aaron Dunklin

St. Stanislaus has hired former Rockachaw baseketball player Aaron Dunklin as its new boys basketball coach, the school announced on Tuesday.

Dunklin served the last two years as head coach at Pearl River (La.) High School. He has also worked as an assistant in the past at Bay High and Northshore (La.) High School.

Pearl River went 11-18 under Dunklin during the 2015-16 season.

Dunklin worked as a para-professional assistant basketball coach at SSC in 2006-07 and volunteered as a strength and conditioning coach at the school from 2008-11.

Dunklin played basketball at SSC from 1998-2000, helping the Rockachaws to a combined mark of 60-12 during those two seasons.

He received the Best Defensive Player Award and Coach's Award during his playing career at SSC.

Former SSC coach Jay Ladner, who is now the head coach at Southeastern Louisiana, praised the hiring of Dunklin.

"During my 20 years at SSC, I had the opportunity and honor to coach some the finest men in the United States," Ladner said in a press release. "Aaron Dunklin ranks among the best. He's a high character, quality man and fits the St. Stanislaus ideal of a man of character. He was an outstanding player on some outstanding teams. I am very proud that he's being hired to bring back the tradition that is Rockachaw Basketball."

Dunklin played football at Pearl River Community College and at Charleston Southern, where he was named a team captain and MVP as a receiver. He was a two-time All-Conference performer at Charleston Southern.

"Football was my vehicle, but basketball has always been my love," Dunklin said in a press release. "I'm privileged and honored to be selected by such a prestigious institution to join others in furthering the tradition. Although, it has been many years since I graduated, it feels good to come home because my heart has never left."