NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - After receiving roughly 40 applications, Stephen F. Austin Athletic Director Robert Hill deemed Mark Kellogg as the man capable of leading the Ladyjack basketball program.
"I think we can be a team that occasionally wins a first round game and makes the tournament. Somebody like him that's been there and done that means he was pretty much the guy," said Hill.
Kellogg certainly has plenty experience in the post season to be the right fit as the head coach at SFA.
With ten years of head coaching experience, Kellogg comes from West Texas A&M where he spent two seasons as their head coach. Kellogg leaves West Texas A&M with an impressive 62-6 record.
In Kellogg's first year, he made a national runner-up debute, losing to Bentley in the NCAA championship game. The year after that he led the Lady Buffs to the Elite Eight.
"It's really hard to do. First and foremost winning the regular season is an honor in itself," said Kellogg. "Then you got to find a way to be good through two, three, four games and through there."
With National Coach of the Year honors, the SFA coaching position was an opportunity Kellogg said he immediately jumped on.
"The tradition of women's basketball here and the leadership, it just sets it apart and you want to be a part of something special. I think SFA provides that. It gives an opportunity to win year in and year out. It's proven over time that they've been able to do that, and I just want to see if we can continue that legacy," said Kellogg.
In Kellogg's ten years of coaching, he's has won six conference championships and made seven NCAA Tournament appearances.
With a new pool of talent, Hill expects Kellogg to implement the same winning principals.
"There's talent here, there's no doubt there's some talent. We'll put in a few new things and tweak a few new things," said Kellogg. "It will be different because it's a new coach. Obviously, Brandon Schneider did an unbelievable job, and we'll just see if we can continue it or perhaps take it to another level."