ADA, OK -- East Central University has named Ja Havens as their new head men's basketball coach.
Havens brings a lot of experience to the Tiger program spending the last eight years as an assistant at Drury University, which won the 2013 NCAA DII National Championship.
The son of hall of fame coach Jerry Havens says he's excited to reach this goal of his.
"Becoming a head coach at the collegiate level has long been a goal of mine," said Ja Haves. "And I have patiently waited for the 'perfect' opportunity. I am confident that this position at East Central University is that opportunity. It is an honor to walk in coach (Jerry) Anderson and coach (Wayne) Cobb's footsteps. They were both household names, as my father played for coach Anderson and I had the opportunity to play against coach Cobb. I have tremendous respect for the Tiger program."
The program has mutual respect for him.
"I have followed the promising career of Ja Havens for quite some time now," said ECU Director of Athletics Dr. Jeff Williams. "He has built a solid reputation as a great recruiter and has proven ability to develop basketball talent. His role in leading Drury to the (NCAA Division II) National Championship on April 7 serves as evidence of his coaching and leadership abilities. Ja was raised in the home of a Hall of Fame coach and his professional resume reveals that Ja has been a student of the game his entire life. We are excited about the enthusiasm he will bring to Tiger basketball."
"We are so excited to have Coach Havens join our team," said ECU President John Hargrave. "We think Ja and his family are going to be a great addition to the ECU family and Ada community."
Havens will start work next Monday.