Renee Ladner Biography
The Ole Miss women’s basketball team has set a high standard for head coaches; this was proven with Renee Ladner being named only the sixth head coach of the Rebels in Ole Miss’s history. Ladner is known for her motivational style that always brings out the best in her players regardless of their talent level. She has also been touted as an amazing recruiter for luring talents like Kayla Melson to the program.
Renee Ladner graduated from Ole Miss in 1981 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Health, Physical Education and Recreation. She is married to Eddie Ladner and has two daughters, Allison and Jennifer. She started her coaching career at North Gulfport in Gulfport, Mississippi by coaching the seventh and eighth grade basketball teams.
After coaching at North Gulfport from 1981-1987, Ladner moved on to coaching for the Harrison Central Ninth Grade High School, also located in Gulfport. There, she coached both the boys and girls basketball teams for three years. She also was the coach of the track team during this stint.
Ladner burst onto the scene after she was hired as the head coach for St. John High School in Gulfport, Mississippi. There, she took about 10 years to turn the team from a 2-20 club to a State Championship winning 35-3 club in 1999-2000. This earned her Coach of the Year honors in 1999-2000, and introduced her as a viable option for an assistant coach at the college level. Her career record for the school was 251-99, with a 181-31record in her final six seasons at the post.
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Ladner was hired as the assistant coach to the Florida Gators in 2000 under then head coach Carol Ross. She and Ross were teammates at Ole Miss, so they were very familiar with each other. Ladner stayed for two years at the school before moving on to an assistant coaching position at Ole Miss.
After she arrived at Ole Miss, she had an immediate impact on the staff. Since she was added, Ole Miss has gone to 3 NCAA Tournaments and 3 WNIT Tournaments in the past seven seasons, after missing out on the postseason for eight straight seasons. Ladner was officially named the Ole Miss Head coach on April 26th, 2007.
Since her ascension in the ranks of coaching, she has led the Lady Rebels to upset wins of highly ranked SEC teams, including both LSU and Georgia. This amazing achievement has elevated her level of exposure and has led to her being viewed as one of the greatest Ole Miss women’s head coaches of all time.
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