Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Holiday Hoops Clinic Pictures

We would like to thank everyone that made the 1st annual Ouachita Baptist Holiday Hoops Clinic a great success. Here is the link to the photos that were taken during the clinic. If you have any questions or need additional information please contact Coach Rutigliano: rutiglianos@obu.edu or (870)245-5339.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Holiday Hoops Clinic

We are excited to announce that the OBU Men's Basketball staff will be conducting a Holiday Hoops Clinic this December at OBU. We will be hosting a 2 day clinic on December 2oth from 2-5pm and Monday December 21st from 9am-noon. The cost is $45.00 per child. This is a great way for your child to improve their basketball skills over the holidays as well as a great early Christmas gift! You can download the brochure right HERE!

For more information please contact:

Coach Rutigliano

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

OBU Men's Basketball Coach's Club

Fellow Tigers! As we begin a new era of Tiger Basketball, we want to invite you and your family to be an integral part of our program. Becoming a member of our Coach’s Club is not only a great way to help us financially, but it will keep you intimately involved in the happenings of OBU Men’s Basketball. We have a specific vision for the success that is based on a commitment to high character as well as on-the-court development! It is our intention to recruit and coach student-athletes who will make you proud to be a part of Ouachita Basketball not just on game night, but across campus and in the community. In order to achieve this vision, we welcome your involvement and support and the Coach’s Club provides a great opportunity for you to do that. Thanks in advance for all you do, and Go Tigers!

In Christ,

Coach Price

Members of Coach’s Club will receive:

-2 season tickets to all 15 home games
-Preferred parking pass
-Invitations to monthly satellite luncheons
-Family or individual game recognition on Coach’s Club sign in Bill Vining Arena
-Copy of the 2009-2010 Media Guide

Premiere Members will receive:

-Priority game seating
-Dri-Fit Nike Coach’s polo shirt
-VIP card that provides 4 complimentary concession items per home game
-Family or individual name in bold purple letters on the Coach’s Club sign in Bill Vining Arena
-Opportunity to be a honorary coach for a home game

Coach's Club Brochure -Click HERE!!

For more information please contact:
Coach Rutigliano

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Alumni Luncheon

We Hope everyone who attended the OBU Men’s Basketball Alumni Luncheon on October 10th really enjoyed themselves! From the sounds of the chatter and laughter it certainly seemed so. Below is a link to the pictures that were taken at the event and a great way to remember the amazing time we all shared together as the luncheon. If you need any of the pictures sent to you please feel free to shoot me an email at: rutiglianos@obu.edu or download them using the link provided. Once again it was a pleasure meeting everyone and I look forward to seeing all of you at an OBU basketball game. GO TIGERS!!!! (Pictured above: Mark Price & Bill Vining)

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Ouachita Baptist Men's Basketball 2009-2010 Roster

Click on the link below to see your 2009-2010 Tigers!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Breaking News: OBU 2009-2010 Basketball Schedule Released

Ouachita Baptist University’s Director of Athletics David Sharp and Head Men’s Basketball Coach Mark Price announced Aug. 28 the release of the upcoming 2009-2010 men’s basketball schedule.
To begin the season, the Tigers will face off against a pair of Division I teams in Arkansas State and Southeast Missouri State for exhibition matchups.
The schedule includes eight non-conference home games against Incarnate Word, North Alabama, St. Edward’s, Texas A&M-Commerce, Drury, Dallas Christian, Central Baptist and College of the Ozarks. Also included is a pair of GSC Crossover games against West Alabama and West Georgia.
“We have some challenging games against very well coached teams early, and throughout, our non-conference schedule,” Head Coach Mark Price said. “These games will certainly prepare us for Gulf South Conference play which is arguably the strongest conference schedule anywhere in the country at this level. We welcome the challenge and look forward to the opportunity it presents.”
The Tigers open the regular season Nov. 19 against Alabama-Huntsville on the road then travel to Florence, AL to take on North Alabama in a pair of non-conference matchups. The team returns home for the first game at Bill Vining Arena on Nov. 25 against Incarnate Word.
Gulf South Conference action kicks off on Jan. 9 against Delta State. The annual Battle of the Ravine series against cross-town rival Henderson State begins with a home series on Jan. 28. On Feb. 27, the Tigers will finish the GSC and regular season slate with a home matchup against Harding. --Alan Greenwood, OBU Sports Information Director--

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Preseason Thoughts from the Head Coach

All of us as athletes have certain figures in the sports world that serve as role models for us. We see their level of success and then study their behaviors and habits hoping to achieve similar status. In our sport, young players want to duplicate the abilities of LeBron, Kobe, Dwayne Wade, or Steve Nash to name a few. Their elite level of success has separated them and placed them atop the basketball world. An important element of development is to learn the processes that set great people apart from average people. Ironically, I look to role models within the coaching world and one of the coaches that I readily follow is former NFL coach Tony Dungy. In Coach Dungy’s latest book titled Uncommon, he speaks directly to young men about the path to significance in life and what success means. “Success is UNCOMMON, therefore not to be enjoyed by the common man.” This is a quote from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. that stayed with Coach Dungy throughout his career and life. We have adopted this as a foundational principle of our program and strive to apply it as we begin the rigors of preseason work. Being UNCOMMON is not easy and at most times is far from comfortable. A tremendous amount of sacrifice and physical work are necessary for any team to have SUCCESS. It is our job to approach preseason workouts in an UNCOMMON way in order to deserve the benefits during the season!

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Bowling Anyone?

On Saturday the OBU Men’s Basketball squad took a trip back to Hot Springs to compete in the second event of the Olympic Games. The competition was fierce and at the end of the day Scott Day lead his team to victory bowling a 164! Another notable score was freshman Matt Velek leading all freshmen with a stellar 190! OBU Basketball wants to thank Central Bowling Lanes & Family of Hot Springs for the great time we had at the lanes. After two events we have a three way tie. Stay updated and check back this week to see what Tiger will lead their team to victory in event #3. (Pictured Above: OBU Men's Basketball Team enjoying a day at the lanes!)

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Tigers Hit the Greens!

On Wednesday the Tigers took their golf games to Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf in Hot Springs. Miniature golf was event #1 of the 5 events that will take place in our team Olympics. The games will be a great team building experience and something that the guys will really enjoy. Congratulations to Austin Mitchell for leading his team to victory and capturing the first event. We will have to see if Austin can lead his team to victory in our second event which will take place on Saturday.(pictured above: the Tigers on th 18th hole)

After a long day on the greens the Tigers headed to Coach Price’s house to enjoy a great BBQ! OBU Basketball wants to thank Kara Price for all the hard work she put into making an amazing meal for the team as well as Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf for the great time we all had at the course. Stay tuned for updates on the OBU Men’s Basketball Olympics!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009


Click on the link below to see the hometowns of the 2009-2010 OBU Tigers Men's Basketball Team !

Sunday, July 26, 2009

2009 Jimmy V Award

This year Coach Don Myers broke an amazing record but his name is one that is not known by all. On Saturday Jan. 10th, 2009 Northern State University beat Mary 82-62. Coach Meyer passed Bobby Knight for first on the men's basketball all-time wins list (by wins, four-year level, men’s, all divisions) with 903. Coach Myers won the 2009 Jimmy V Award not only because of his amazing accomplishments on the court but for his amazing triumph of will and his love of coaching. Enjoy this amazing story of not only one of the greatest coaches in the game but one of the best people in the game today. Enjoy!

Friday, July 24, 2009

An update from Coach Price:

It’s a great day to be a Ouachita Tiger! I hope all of you are having a productive summer and feel as blessed as I do. Our first two and a half months here have been productive and we are anxiously awaiting the return of our team to campus for the fall semester. First things first! We are winding down the recruiting class of 2009 and have been out on the recruiting trail evaluating the recruiting class of 2010. We are anxious to have some of these talented guys on campus for visits over the next couple of months! Along these lines I wanted to take a minute to share with you the three primary components that we look for in a prospective student athlete! The first, and most important, is character. Teams of high character win, and talent without character is useless. Secondly, we need student athletes that excel academically. Ouachita is a highly reputable and very challenging academic institution. ONLY young men that are ambitious in the classroom will succeed! Lastly, we are looking for the “right” basketball players. Our players must be able to SEE and FEEL the game. They must also possess the ability to battle through adverse situations! As time goes on I will share more about “toughness” as it pertains to basketball. We will recruit tough young men that have high basketball I.Q.! I am posting a picture of one of my former players Moussa Diagne from Furman University. Some of you know him as he is now playing professionally, but he fits all these criteria and is a prototype of the young man we are looking for!


I just wanted to congratulate two of our incoming freshman for participating in All-Star games this summer! Landon Parker was selected to participate in the Arkansas East vs. West All-Star Game and represented the West team. Julian LaDay was selected to play in his 3rd all-star game since his senior season came to a close. LaDay participated in the 77th Annual Texas High School Coaches Association All-Star Game this past week in which he recorded 6 points, 3 steals, and 3 blocks. . (pictured above: Landon Parker)

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Tigers Sign Two More

Ouachita Head Coach, Mark Price has announced the signing of two frontcourt players in the 2009 recruiting class. The first is 6’7 Junior Scott Day from Highlands Ranch, CO. Scott played the previous two seasons at Lamar Community College in Lamar, CO where he helped lead the Runnin’ Lopes to a Region IX title and a 5th place national finish at the National Tournament in Hutchinson, Kansas. During his sophomore season at Lamar, Scott averaged 6.5 points and 4.2 rebounds per game. “I am thrilled to have Scott Day in our program,” says Coach Price, “He has played for great coaches and has a high level of maturity. I truly believe Scott’s best basketball is still in front of him.” Scott also excels in the classroom. He finished at LCC with a 3.9 grade point average and plans to major in business at Ouachita. (Pictured above is Scott Day after his team won the Region IX championship)
The Tigers also have signed another Arkansas high school product in 6’9 center Bryce Miracle from Bentonville. Bryce played for Coach Mike Nelson at Bentonville High School. After being injured during his junior season Bryce came on strong as a senior to average 11 points and 7 rebounds. Bryce also blocked 29 shots during the 08-09 season and was named honorable mention all-conference. “Bryce is a great fit in our 09 class,” says Price, “He’s a tall young man with a great skill set. He is from a great family and basketball background and those are certainly crucial elements in our recruiting.” Bryce is interested in pursuing a degree in education at OBU.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Ouachita Basketball Adds Jeremy Banks

Head men’s basketball coach Mark Price announced Thursday afternoon that Birmingham, Ala. native Jeremy Banks has been added to his 2009 recruiting class, which is now eight players strong.

Banks, a 6’3 wing, comes to Ouachita after suffering an injury that forced him to redshirt at Adams State. Banks has proven that he can compete at the college level as he played at Faulkner State Community College where he lead the Sun Chiefs to a 21-7 record in his Sophomore year. Banks, who was a Second Team All-Southern Division Selection (Alabama C.C. South Division), averaged 10.9 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 3, assists per game in his sophomore campaign. Banks also took care of business in the classroom as he maintained a 3.5 GPA and made the dean’s list while at Faulkner.

Prior to his time at Faulkner, Banks played high school basketball for Minor High School of Adamsville, Ala. In 2001 and 2003 Banks played a large role in helping the Tigers win county championships in both years. Banks was an all-conference and Area 11 all-tournament team pick as a senior in 2004. In his senior year banks averaged 15 points, seven rebounds, and four assists per contest. Not only was Banks a standout on the court but he was also a standout for the Tiger’s track and field team. Jeremy plans on majoring in Political Science while attending Ouachita in the Fall.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

The Nuggets' golden fan

During the halftime show of game six of the Western Conference finals, the NBA on ESPN reported on a great story of the Denver Nuggets number one fan. The story spoke about a 23-year old kid who’s spent his life battling spina bifida,but most of all he has spent the past 18 years warming all the hearts of the Nugget franchise. Click on the link below to see this incredible story of one fan’s love for the game.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Miles Monroe

I wanted to thank External Alumni Director, Chris Babb for pointing out a great article on one of our new signees. The Cabot Star-Herald had an article on Cabot Panther basketball player Miles Monroe and his opportunity to take his game to the next level at Ouachita Baptist University. I hope you enjoy the article and we are very excited about Miles joining the Ouachita Baptist basketball family. He will be a great addition to the team and someone you will enjoy watching for the next four years!
(Click on the link below to see the article)

Thursday, May 21, 2009

OBU Basketball Signs 7 Players

The Ouachita Baptist University men's basketball program and head coach Mark Price has announced the signing of Reginald Britton, Jr., Olden Jordan, Julian LaDay, Landon Parker, Miles Monroe, Keilan Stittiams, and Matt Velek. (Click on the links to find out more about the future of Ouachita Men's Basketball). The photo to the right is Julian LaDay receiving the Sonic Scholar-Athlete of the Week.

Britton is a 6’2 guard that is coming to Ouachita by way of Wichita State University in the Missouri Valley Conference. Reggie is originally from Plano, TX where he starred at Plano High School and averaged 14 points, five rebounds, three assists and one steal per game as a senior. He will be a sophomore. Joining Britton from the Dallas/Fort Worth area is Olden Jordan, a 6’3 wing from Keller Central High School where he played for Coach Kit Pehl and, averaged 13 points, while shooting 44% from the field. Also from Keller, TX is 6’2 guard, Julian LaDay who hails from Fossil Ridge High School and played for Coach Brad Mauser. His senior year he averaged nine points, six steals, and 7 assists per contest.

Ouachita has also been able to stake claim to some of the Arkansas high school talent in the 2009 class. Landon Parker, a 6’1 guard out of Benton High School has signed after a tremendous high school career playing for Coach Chris Nail. This year Landon was named to the Arkansas All-State Team in 6A basketball. Joining Parker will be another Arkansas native, Miles Monroe 6'8 forward from North Little Rock. Miles played at Cabot High School for former OBU Tiger, Coach Jerry Bridges. As a senior he averaged ten points per game and was an Arkansas All-Conference selection. Yet another in-state signee is 6-4 wing Matt Velek. Matt played at Greenbrier High School for former OBU assistant, Coach Jason Johnson. This season Matt joined Landon on the Arkansas All-State Team for 5A basketball.

OBU’s most recent signee is 5’11 guard, Keilan Stittiams, who played for Coach Kevin Starks at Harding Academy in Memphis, TN. Keilan led Harding Academy to a State Championship this past season. He had a tremendous performance in the State Tournament including the game winning basket in the final seconds of the championship game. The picture to the left is Keilan Stittiams hitting the game winning shot in the 2-A boys state-title game.

“I am pleased with the fruits of our recruiting efforts this past month. These young men are not only talented players, but possess the quality character that we wish to represent Ouachita,” says Coach Price. “All of them also come from backgrounds where they have been extremely well coached and that is paramount as we build our program. We are working diligently to complete the 2009 class in a timely, but thorough manner.”

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Note from the Head Coach

I want to thank you for your interest in Ouachita Tiger Basketball and take a few moments to share with you a little about myself and vision for our program. The picture to the left is of my wife Kara and I. We are super excited about our move to OBU and Arkadelphia. I have been privileged to coach at 5 different schools in my career. They have included NCAA division I and II as well as the NAIA level. There are two common threads among my different coaching stops. The first is that we have won championships and the second is that we have won them by primarily recruiting high school prospects that are committed in the classroom and determined to become a great teammate! I accepted the position here at Ouachita, because it is an institution with outstanding academic reputation and winning athletic tradition that can be a perfect fit for the student-athlete that I want to coach! I have been blessed to work in programs for head coaches that been convicted to build “basketball programs” over the course of several years and not just assemble “basketball teams” every season. We will remain on that course here at Ouachita and will have young men in our program that are of the highest character and work ethic.

A very small amount of scholarship players were returning when I accepted the head coaching job here about one month ago. I view this as a challenging, but very positive circumstance as we will immediately have the opportunity to select the “right” players for our program. Fortunately, the few returning players are certainly cut from the cloth of players that I would select. The first key addition to our program was the hiring of assistant coach Sean Rutigliano. Coach Rutigliano, a Westchester, New York native, was a timely fit on our staff. Like myself, Coach R has worked at highly regarded academic institutions like Ouachita and has a rooted understanding of what we are looking to build!

One final thought for now: as a young coach in the late 1990s I attended a clinic of then Butler University head coach Barry Collier. During his career as a head coach at Butler and University of Nebraska, Coach Collier was regarded as one of the finest defensive coaches in college basketball. He began his clinic with these thoughts which are applicable to all players at every level:

There are 4 types of players:

1. Willing and Able
2. Willing and Unable
3. Unwilling and Able
4. Unwilling and Unable

At Ouachita, all of our players will fall into categories 1 and 2.

God Bless,

Coach Price

Saturday, May 9, 2009

The Start of a New Beginning

On April 17th, 2009, Ouachita Baptist University named Mark Price the new head men’s basketball coach. Price succeeds Charlie Schaef who resigned after eight years at Ouachita to become head coach of the men’s basketball program at Southwestern Oklahoma State University. Price has served the past three years as assistant men's basketball coach at Furman University in Greenville, S.C. Furman is an NCAA Division I school in the Southern Conference. Prior to coaching at Furman, Price spent five years as an assistant coach at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. He helped guide the Chargers to the 2002-03 Gulf South Conference championship and NCAA Tournament appearances in 2003 and 2006. Price will look to continue the winning tradition of Ouachita Baptist Men's Basketball! Here is the link to the artice on the Coach Price hiring:

Ouachita names Mark Price as men’s basketball head coach

Welcome to OBU Basketball

I wanted to first welcome all of the great supporters, fans, alumni, and followers of Ouachita Basketball! It is because of all of you, that OBU basketball is what it is today. During the course of this 2009-2010 campaign I will use this blog page to bring you closer to the players and coaches of the Ouachita Baptist Men's Basketball Team. Please feel free at anytime to share any ideas or thoughts with me that may benefit our program. I look forward to a special year of Ouachita Basketball, one that leaves us all with great lasting memories. You can also follow your Tigers on obutigers.com or for information on Ouachita Baptist University go to obu.edu.