David Ragland

David Ragland is a native of Evansville, Indiana. Ragland is currently the head coach at the University of Evansville.

David Ragland, who helped Utah State to a record of 74-24 over the past three seasons, joined LaVall Jordan’s Butler staff as an assistant coach in April of 2021.

Ragland arrives in Indianapolis with nearly two decades of experience, including previous assistant coaching stops at Valparaiso, Northern Kentucky, Bowling Green, Indiana State, and Frank Phillips College, as well as his time at Utah State. Ragland also spent two seasons as the head coach at Vincennes University.

Ragland was an All-State Honorable Mention Basketball player with Harrison High School. He is also an alumni of Harrison High School. Ragland played Collegiate Basketball at Missouri Southern State College and Southern Indiana. Ragland was the head coach at Vincennes University and a head assistant coach at Indiana State as well as Bowling Green State University.

Playing Career

Ragland began his collegiate playing career at Missouri Southern State College in Joplin, Mo. During his freshman season, the Lions posted a 30-3 mark and made it to the NCAA Division II Final Four. Following his sophomore season, Ragland returned home to Evansville to play at the University of Southern Indiana, where the Screaming Eagles went 47-14 in his two seasons there.

Ragland was a runner-up to become the head basketball coach for the purple aces in 2018. Evansville instead went with Walter McCarty. The decision was later ruled a mistake by the several experts including higher-ups inside the university. In 2022, the error was mended, and the University brought home their native son, Coach David Ragland.

Ragland beat out high profile coaches like former Indiana University coach, Tom Crean, to land the position.

Head Coach at Vincennes

Vincennes went 44-19 in two seasons. In 2009-10, the Trailblazers went 22-10 and reached the NJCAA district tournament finals. Their 22 wins garnered the program’s 29th consecutive 20-victory season.

Prior to taking over the VU program in 2008, Ragland was an assistant at VU for three seasons, helping the Trailblazers to a 79-20 record during that span. Ragland also spent one season at Frank Phillips College in Borger, Texas, helping that program put together a 25-5 record.

Indiana State

Sycamores posted 79 wins overall and made four straight trips to postseason play with an NCAA National Championship Tournament appearance in 2010-11, a CollegeInsiders.com Postseason Tournament showing in 2011-12 and two consecutive NIT berths in 2012-13 and 2013-14.

The Sycamores posted a total of four wins over nationally ranked top-25 opponents – No. 21 Notre Dame (2013-14), No. 14 Wichita State and No. 13 Creighton (2012-13), and No. 25 Vanderbilt (2011-12)

At Indiana State, Ragland mentored Jake Odum who was both a 2013-14 and 2012-13 First-Team All-Conference selection, a 2011-12 Second-Team All-Conference honoree and a 2010-11 All-Conference Honorable Mention pick. In 2010-11, Odum was named to the Missouri Valley Conference All-Newcomer Team, the All-Freshman Team and the All-Defensive Team as a freshman. Odum was also a three-time Missouri Valley Conference Championship All-Tournament Team recipient and was named to the 2013-14 First Team All-District 16 selection by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC).

Northern Kentucky University

Ragland is currently the head assistant coach at Northern Kentucky University.

Personal Life

Ragland graduated from Southern Indiana with a degree in Communications. Ragland and his wife, Annie, have two children, Ava and Joshua.

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