Coaches usually don’t focus on their individual achievements. Their goals are normally centered around the success and progress of their team, but for Louisiana Men’s Basketball Head Coach Bob Marlin, sometimes your individual awards must be applauded, especially if attained quicker than others.
On Tuesday, Nov. 5, the Ragin’ Cajuns defeated Loyola (New Orleans) 95-67. This victory for Louisiana gave Coach Marlin his 400th Division I win. Marlin now becomes the 35th active coach in NCAA history to cement 400 Division I wins in his coaching career.
With this new milestone achieved, Coach Marlin also became one of five coaches in Sun Belt history to record 100 wins, a mark Marlin reached faster than any coach in league history.
Congratulations were in order for Coach Marlin as former players such as Elfrid Payton, Frank Bartley, and Bryce Washington gave their praising words to their former coach via twitter video.
“Coach, whats up, this is Frank checking in from Spain, Congrats on win number 400; that’s big time,” Bartley said in the video. “I am happy I was able to be a part of that success and I am wishing nothing but success for you and the team this upcoming season, and I’m looking forward to seeing you guys dancing in March.”
“Coach Marlin congratulations on your 400th win, just keep continuing doing great things and keep achieving, love you,” Washington recorded.
“What’s up Coach, EP here, just want to congratulate you on your 400th career win. Very proud of you and I know you got many more to come. Continue going and congrats again,” Payton recorded.
All three former Louisiana players achieved great things under the tutelage of Coach Marlin.
Payton helped lead the Ragin’ Cajuns to a Sun Belt championship as well as All-Sun Belt Honors, where he opted out of his senior season to enter the draft. He was drafted No. 10 overall in the 2014 NBA Draft to the Philadelphia 76ers before being traded to the Orlando Magic. Since then, Payton has played for the New Orleans Pelicans and now is playing for the New York Knicks.
Bartley is one of 48 Louisiana players to eclipse the 1,000 point mark in Ragin’ Cajun history. It was an even more monumental moment because he did it two seasons after transferring from BYU. He was named 2018 LSWA Player of the Year in his last season with Louisiana, before signing to play professionally with the Riptide in Canada. Now, Bartley is playing professionally in Spain.
Washington, known as one of the most dominant big men in Louisiana history, achieved great things under Marlin. Washington in his senior year for the Ragin’ Cajuns averaged 10 points and 10 rebounds while shooting 51% from the floor. Before ending his collegiate career, Washington took away many awards, but just to name a few were the 2018 First-Team All-Sun Belt Conference, 2018 First-Team NABC All-District, and 2018 Lou Henson All-America Team.
Washington started his professional career by playing in the National Basketball League of Canada for the St. John’s Edge. Recently, he is now playing for a professional team overseas in Israel.
Coach Marlin received a game ball commemorating his achievement in center court during the Saturday game in which the Ragin’ Cajuns defeated Mcneese 85-80.
In the post-game press conference, Marlin went back into coach mode while others wanted to talk about his individual glory; he wanted to highlight things that his team needs to improve on.
“First night out we had six players I believe never played a Division I game and they played hard but they threw it around the gym the whole night, disappointed in that,” Marlin said. “We should’ve handled their pressure a little bit better. But again, good opening statement by our team. I felt we out rebounded them hard in the second half that was key in the game and shot a good percentage also.”
The Ragin’ Cajuns are now 2-0 and are preparing to face TCU on the road on Tuesday, Nov. 12 and Youngstown State at home on Friday, Nov. 15.