Josh Wolfe named Director of Basketball Operations at Louisiana Tech

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RUSTON – Louisiana Tech head coach Eric Konkol announced on Thursday the hiring of Josh Wolfe as the new Director of Operations for the Bulldog Basketball team.

Wolfe comes from Western Illinois where he has spent the past six seasons as both an associate head coach and assistant coach for the Leathernecks under Billy Wright and Jim Molinari.

“We are happy to welcome Josh, his wife Molly, and their children, Kaelyn and Kaden, to the Tech Family,” said Konkol. “Josh is experienced, incredibly organized, and has a passion for people. He has a keen understanding of all aspects of a college basketball program and will have a major impact on our team. We are fortunate Josh and his family are joining us in Ruston.”

Wolfe’s sixth year at WIU was highlighted by an upset victory over the three-time reigning Summit League champions South Dakota State in the quarterfinal round of the league tournament, becoming the first No. 8 seed in conference history to defeat the No. 1 seed.

Another marquee win for Wolfe and the Leathernecks came in 2015-16 when they opened the season by knocking off No. 17 Wisconsin on the road. The victory marked the program’s first win over a nationally-ranked team in the Division I era. WIU ended up receiving points in the AP Top 25 poll for the first time ever as a result.

The most successful season at WIU for Wolfe came in 2012-13 when the team earned a share of the Summit League regular season championship while finishing 22-9 overall, recording more wins than any other team in the program’s D1 history. The Leathernecks ended up making an appearance in the College Basketball Invitational.

“I would like to thank coach Konkol for giving me the opportunity to join his staff at Louisiana Tech University,” said Wolfe. My family and I are excited to join the University and Ruston community. I look forward to assisting the coaching staff and the student-athletes who have continued to build upon the successful tradition of LA Tech athletics.”

Prior to WIU, Wolfe spent six years as an assistant coach at Wisconsin-Parkside and was part of all activities in the basketball program as well as serving as the Director of the department’s CHAMPS/Life Skills program.

He helped the Rangers to back-to-back winning seasons in his first two years, including the program’s first NCAA Tournament appearance.

Before heading to UW-Parkside, Wolfe spent two years as an assistant coach at Lakeland College, a NCAA Division II school in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. In his last year at Lakeland, the Muskies finished with a 21-6 record and a Lake Michigan Conference championship. It marked the program’s first 20-plus win season in over a decade.

From 2001-2004, Wolfe was an assistant coach at Hope College, a Division III school in Holland, Michigan. In Wolfe’s time at Hope, the Flying Dutchmen won two conference championships (2003 & 2004) while also making two NCAA Tournament appearances (2002 & 2003).

Wolfe, originally from Cedar Springs, Michigan, holds a Bachelor’s of Art in Secondary Education from Hope College and a Master’s of Education from Lakeland College. Josh and his wife Molly have two children, Kaelyn and Kaden.

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