Blog – Howland hires Ludwig as director of operations



New Mississippi State head coach Ben Howland continues to compile his staff.

On Tuesday, he announced Jason Ludwig joined his staff as director of operations.

Ludwig comes to Starkville from Arizona State, where he was the director of operations for the Sun Devils the past two seasons.

Ludwig spent 10 years at UCLA in various roles and held the director of scouting and player development positions under Howland from 2009-13.

“I’m very excited to be reunited with Coach Howland, as well as with Coach (Ernie) Zeigler and Coach (Korey) McCray, who I worked with previously,” Ludwig said in a school release. “Coach Howland is one of the best in the business and I feel blessed to have another opportunity to work with him. I’m eager to get started and begin this new chapter in my career.”

Howland retained George Brooks as an assistant coach and hired McCray and Zeigler soon after being hired by MSU in late March.

Ludwig served two different stints with the Bruins. He was the assistant video coordinator starting in 2005-06, but took the video coordinator job at Santa Clara in 2008. He was then promoted to director of operations at Santa Clara the next year, but only served for one season before returning to UCLA.

Ludwig was a part of two NCAA Tournament appearances with the Bruins – 2011 and 2013. He was also a part of the Pac-12 Championship during the 2012-13 season.

The Montebello, Calif., native directed the UCLA and Ben Howland basketball camps and worked with five NBA players while at UCLA – Shabazz Muhammad, Kyle Anderson, Jordan Adams, Malcolm Lee and Tyler Honeycutt.

He co-founded the Young Coaches Social at the Final Four, an event geared towards networking hundreds of young coaches across the nation. Ludwig was part of the founding members for the Latino Association of Basketball Coaches, which provides support to Latino coaches worldwide. Some members include South Carolina head coach Frank Martin and South Florida head coach Orlando Antigua.

Ludwig coached Paul George and Klay Thompson in 2007 with an AAU affiliate program – Double Pump Elite.

He received his undergraduate degree in economics from UCLA in 2005. During his time in school, he worked with the basketball team as a student manager.


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