Gents Basketball Adds Two to Staff
Monday, August 31, 2009
SHREVEPORT-Head Coach Greg Gary and the Centenary men's basketball team announced recently that Amadou "Pape" Koundoul and Chris McMillian will join the Gents coaching staff for the 2009-10 season.

Koundoul will serve as an assistant under Gary, joining Adam Walsh and Mark Richmond. The trio will be responsible for on-floor coaching responsibilities, academic support and strength and conditioning.

He comes to Centenary directly from California where he served as an Associate Director and coach for Branch West Recruiting Service. In that role, he helped develop and promote young athletes into potential NCAA players.  

Koundoul graduated from Cleveland State in May 2005 with a Bachelor of Art and Science degree in Communication. As a player in 2002-03, Koundoul served as the Team Captain of Rookie World Basketball at the Dallas Mavericks. He also was invited and participated in the Cleveland Cavaliers Summer workout in 2003. Koundoul played one year of junior college basketball at Vincennes University in Indiana during the 2000-01 season, and then at Highland Community College in Illinois where he won the regional championship in 2001-02.

A native of Dakar-Senegal, Africa, Koundoul and his wife, Tara reside in Shreveport.

"It is great to have Pape and Tara as part of our Centenary family. Pape has a tremendous range of experience and is an excellent teacher at the game. Having been a head coach before, he has experienced every aspect of building a program," said Head Coach Greg Gary.

McMillian will serve as the new Director of Basketball Operations for the Gents program. His duties will include coordinating all video activities including film exchange and game breakdown. He will also assist in implementing the Gents strength and conditioning program.

McMillian has spent his most recent time as a personal trainer and performance specialist since 2004. In this role, McMillian assists athletes in running faster, jumping higher as well as helping to improve their speed and quickness.

Prior to training and working with athletes, McMillian was an athlete himself. He attended Wyoming and graduated in 2003 with a degree in Communication. On the court, McMillian started at point guard all four years on the Cowboys basketball team.

The Brea, California native helped his team to two Mountain West Conference championships and one NCAA tournament berth. At Wyoming, McMillian finished his career ranked third all-time in assists with 434 and second for consecutive games started. He currently ranks 10th in career assist average with 3.5 a game and sixth in career steals with 136.

"I am very excited to have Chris on our staff. He brings a great amount of experience in developing players into better athletes. Also, with him being an ex-player who led his team to championships and an NCAA berth, he understands the work ethic involved with being successful," said Head Coach Greg Gary.