Louisiana College President Dr. Rick Brewer and Athletic Director Reni Mason announced on Thursday, June 7, 2018 the hiring of Matt LeBato as the Wildcats next women’s basketball coach.
LeBato comes to Pineville after serving the past two seasons as an assistant coach at McNeese State University under Head Coach Kacie Cryer.
The Sulphur native is a graduate of Northwestern State University, where he was a member of the Demons’ basketball team. He also spent time playing at Baton Rouge Community College following his graduation from Sulphur High School before landing in Natchitoches.
Prior to his coaching stint in Lake Charles, LeBato served as an assistant coach at St. Louis Catholic High in Lake Charles, where he helped lead the Saints to a 25-5 overall record and a LHSAA Top 28 appearance. He has also spent time as a volunteer at IMPACT Basketball in Las Vegas, Nev., where he worked with NBA players like Kyle Lowry, Tayshaun Prince, Stanley Johnson, and Andre Drummond.
LeBato comes from a rich pedigree of coaches under which he has played for, coached with, and learned from. He grew up surrounded by the game of basketball with his father and uncle both long time coaches in the Lake Charles/Sulphur area. He played for his father at Sulphur High School before getting the opportunity to play for the legendary Mike McConathy at Northwestern.
After his playing days at Northwestern, LeBato had the opportunity to stay connected to the game by working various camps along with his time working in Las Vegas with IMPACT Basketball. He was a part of former McNeese women’s head coach and current University of Alabama assistant, Brooks Donald-Williams’ camp staff during her time in Louisiana.