Louisville Assistant Takes Arkansas St. Job

Louisville assistant Mike Balado will become the next head coach at Arkansas State. 

The school announced on its website on Sunday that Balado would be introduced as the Red Wolves' head coach on Monday at an 11 a.m. ET news conference. 

"He's more than ready (to be a head coach)," Louisville head coach Rick Pitino told the Courier Journal last week. 

Balado, who was the lead recruiter on Pitino's staff, has been an assistant at Louisville for the past four seasons. 

He helped lead Louisville to a 25-9 record and a No. 2 seed in the Midwest Regional. 

The Cardinals' season ended Sunday with a 73-69 loss to Michigan. 

Balado will replace Grant McCasland, who led Arkansas State to a 20 12 record in his only season with the Red Wolves. 

He left Arkansas State for the head coaching job at North Texas. 

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