Mike Balado has severed ties with the Arkansas State Uni basketball team, signaling the end of an era for the Red Wolves. After four seasons at the helm, Balado’s tenure has come to a close, leaving an indelible mark on the program.
Narrowly missing the NCAA tournament for the fourth consecutive season, Balado’s Arkansas State team finished the season with a 20-13 record, amassing an 84-66 career record in his four-year spell. Balado was the first coach to lead the Red Wolves to three consecutive 20-win seasons, and his teams advanced to the semi-finals of the Sun Belt Conference tournament each of the past three years.
The 44-year-old Balado took over the program in 2016, following a stint as an assistant coach at Louisville. During his time with the Cardinals, Balado helped Louisville to seven NCAA Tournaments and the 2013 National Championship.
“I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to have served the outstanding student-athletes, coaches, staff and fans of Arkansas State University,” Balado said in a statement. “I will forever be indebted to the Red Wolves Nation for the opportunity to have been their head coach. I wish nothing but the best for the future of the program.”
Balado’s departure leaves the door open for a new era of Arkansas State basketball. With his influence now in the rearview, the Red Wolves look to set their sights on the NCAA tournament, a feat yet to be accomplished in program history.
The future of the Red Wolves program is now in the hands of a new leader, one who hopes to continue the legacy of success Balado has left behind.
In a parting statement, Balado said, “I am proud of the progress our program made over the past four years and I am confident that the future of Arkansas State basketball is in great hands.”
With Balado’s departure, the Arkansas State basketball program bids farewell to a beloved coach, while looking forward to the possibilities a new leader can bring.
After four seasons at the helm of the Arkansas State Uni basketball team, Mike Balado has decided to part ways with the Red Wolves, leaving an indelible mark on the program. Despite narrowly missing the NCAA tournament for the fourth consecutive season, the 44-year-old Balado has secured a legacy of success during his time leading the team, with three consecutive 20-win seasons and three semi-final appearances in the Sun Belt Conference tournament.
Balado’s tenure began in 2016, after spending time as an assistant coach at Louisville, where he helped the Cardinals to seven NCAA Tournaments and the 2013 National Championship. In a statement, Balado expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to have served the Red Wolves Nation, and expressed his confidence in the future of the program.
The parting of ways between Balado and the Red Wolves opens the door for a new era of Arkansas State basketball, one that looks to the NCAA tournament, a feat yet to be realized in program history. With Balado’s influence now in the rearview, the Red Wolves are poised to continue his legacy of success with a new leader at the helm.