Jason Tinsley has been with the Louisiana College women’s basketball team since before the start of the 2010-11 season and, now, it looks like he won’t be heading anywhere any time soon.
Tinsley, who was originally hired as the Lady Cats’ interim coach, has officially been named full-time head women’s basketball coach.
“Coach Tinsley has stepped into an incredibly challenging situation and has excelled beyond measure,” Louisiana College President Dr. Joe Aguillard said. “He has served as a Christian example as well as a proven winning leader. He has shown great reverence to the legacy of Coach Richard and quiet humility in doing so. Louisiana College is fortunate to have Coach Tinsley to continue with our tradition of a great women’s basketball tradition.”
Tinsley, whose Lady Cats are currently 18-1, ranked No. 15 in the nation and hold a commanding lead in the American Southwest Conference East Division, brings to Louisiana College 18 years of coaching experience at both the high school and college level.
A graduate of Northwestern State in Natchitoches, La., Tinsley began his coaching career in 1990 as head boys basketball coach at South Beauregard High in Longville, La.
In 1991, he became head boys coach at Pine Prairie (La.) high school before moving to the college ranks as an assistant coach for the Georgia Southwestern College men in 1992.
From 1993-96, Tinsley was an assistant for the men’s basketball program at Southwest Missouri State at West Plains and from 1996-99 he held the same position at Northwestern State. In 1999, Tinsley accepted his first head coaching job, assuming the reigns of the men’s program at Bossier Parish Community College, where he would stay until 2002, the year in which he was named Louisiana Junior College Coach of the Year and offered the head men’s job at North Carolina-Pembroke.
Tinsley remained at UNC-Pembroke from 2003-2008. He left the coaching game for two years before becoming a member of the LC program.