ULM women's basketball head coach Jeff Dow announced today that David Saur has been promoted to Assistant Head Coach. Saur, who joined the Warhawks staff last season after multiple stops at the NCAA Division I and II levels, will also continue in his role as ULM's recruiting coordinator.
“In the short time that David has been here he has proven to be extremely vital to our program. He has taken on a prominent role as our recruiting coordinator and as our on-the-floor skill development coach for all positions. We have eight incoming recruits (six freshmen and two junior college transfers) plus a Division I transfer (Jessica Harris) who redshirted this past year for us. David was the lead recruiter for all nine of these student-athletes and we anticipate this influx of talent making a significant impact for our program for years to come. The energy and technical ability he brings to our skill workouts has been instrumental in the development we've seen in our student-athletes.”
In his first season with the Warhawks as the program's recruiting coordinator, Saur signed nine newcomers that will compete for the team during the 2017-18 season. The nine signees include high school players nationally ranked in the All-Star Girl's Report top 250 (Arsula Clark) and top 300 (Breanna Stephens), two McDonald's All-American nominees (Camryn Johnson and Tiara Malone), two Louisiana prospects twice named all-state (Diamond Brooks and Whitney Goins), a junior college forward rated as the top “mid-major” forward prospect in the 2017 class by InsiderExposure.com (Tan Walker) and a junior college wing that averaged over 18 points and 5 rebounds per game (Alexus Johnson). These eight newcomers join Jessica Harris, a proven double figure scorer at the Division I level, who finished second on her team in scoring and rebounding at Mount St. Mary's during her sophomore year in 2015-16.
Saur, who has been the recruiting coordinator at every one of his coaching stops, came to the Bayou State after a one-year stint at Division I UMass Lowell. While with the River Hawks, he mentored Lindsey Doucette to the best year of her collegiate career. Doucette for the first time as a River Hawk earned All-America East honors in 2015-16 and signed a professional contract in the top league in Switzerland. As the team's recruiting coordinator Saur secured the commitment of guard Megan Hendrick who became an America East All-Freshman team member. Hendrick started 28 of 30 games as a River Hawk, with per game averages of 8 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists.
Saur was previously at Division I Stetson University, where he helped lead the program to the WNIT in each of his two seasons there (2013-14 and 2014-15). He was named the Atlantic Sun Conference Assistant Coach of the Year by FGBScouting.com, as well as one of the nation's top mid-major assistants. Saur's two years on the staff saw the Hatters produce their winningest two-year stretch in school history with 50 wins overall and 27 in conference, including 16 league wins during the 2013-14 season, also a program record.
Amber Porter and Sarah Sagerer, under Saur's tutelage, were named to the A-Sun All-Freshman team in addition to both being tabbed Freshman of the Year in each of their respective freshman seasons (Porter in 2013-14, Sagerer in 2014-15). Porter also received Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2014-15 along with being voted a First Team all-conference selection in 2015-16.
In two seasons as Stetson's recruiting coordinator Saur produced three All-Freshman team members including A-Sun Freshman of the Year, McKenna Beach, and Freshman of the Year runner-up, Myka Johnson-Matthews. Two of Saur's recruits with the Hatters also went on to have successful professional careers with Alex Ciabattoni (Australia-WNBL) and Abigail Asoro (England-WBBL) both earning Rookie of the Year in each of their respective countries top professional league. All-Star Girl's Report once ranked his recruiting class No. 1 in the A-Sun and No. 69 nationally.
Saur has helped prepare many current professional basketball players through skill development workouts in his hometown of Baltimore. Instructing the likes of current San Antonio Spur, Rudy Gay, Donte Greene formerly of the Memphis Grizzlies, former Indiana Pacer Sam Young, and former Detroit Pistons' Kim English and Dajuan Summers.