Rian Stubbs is in his first season as head men’s basketball coach at Lamar Community College. Stubbs steps into that role after spending last year as the Lopes assistant basketball coach. It was a year that saw the Lopes advance to the region semi-finals. Stubbs was a part of a 26-7 team that was ranked as high as #11 in the NJCAA national polls led by coach Sercan Fenerci. Stubbs was also involved with Region IX-South sub-region player of the year Wayne Stewart (New Mexico State signee) who led the South in scoring at 18.3 ppg. Lamar led the region in multiple categories during the 2016-17 season. The Lopes averaged a region-best 6.6 blocks per game, led by 2.8 bpg from Isaiah Martin (Florida A&M signee). Lamar also led the region in total rebounding, defense rebounding average and offensive rebounding average. The Runnin' Lopes also had three academic all-region performers in Ryley Stewart, Michael Skinner and Gabriel Marner. Stubbs went on to see seven sophomore move on to four-year universities.
He comes from Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas, where he worked under coach Craig Carse. Stubbs was also a part of making history at HSU in the 2015-16 season. The Cowboys won the American Southwest Conference championship for the first time, advanced to the NCAA division III national tournament and won the school’s first ever NCAA tournament game. The Cowboys had two all-south region players in Nathaniel Jack and Justin Jones. Jones was also ASC defensive player of the year. They also had four all conference players in Christian O’Neal, Duane Hopper, Nathaniel Jack and Justin Jones to go along with four academic all-conference performers.
From 2013 to 2015 Stubbs was the men’s assistant basketball coach at Clarendon College. He was part of many aspects of the program including recruiting, player development, scouting, on-floor coaching, academic progress, scheduling, and travel planning. In his two years at Clarendon, Stubbs saw eight players receive scholarships to the Division II level or beyond. Stubbs coached two all-conference selections -- Hershall Grant and Dashun Dixon.
Before his time at Clarendon, Stubbs was the graduate assistant at Hardin-Simmons from 2010-2013. Over that span the Cowboys went 54-28 and participated in three American Southwest Conference tournament semi-finals and made a championship appearance in 2012. He was also a part of a 21-win Cowboy squad in the 2011-12 season, which was the most wins by a team in the division III era at HSU. In 2013, Stubbs graduated with a Master’s in Education of counseling and human development.
From 2007-2009 Stubbs played for Hardin-Simmons after transferring from Clarendon College. He started 32 games for the Cowboys over two years. He led his team in rebounding and was second in assists as a senior. He graduated from Hardin-Simmons University in 2010 with a degree in history.
Stubbs is a native of Corsicana, Texas, and a graduate of Corsicana High School in 2005.