NSU to introduce men’s basketball coach Cabrera: March 30

Northwestern State officially will welcome Rick Cabrera as the 11th men’s basketball head coach in program history with a 2 p.m. news conference Thursday, March 30. 

The event, which is open to NSU students, faculty, fans and the media, will be held in the Student Union Ballroom inside the NSU Student Union. 

Cabrera, who was named Hoop Dirt’s Junior College Coach of the Year on Monday, was named NSU’s new head coach this past Wednesday, taking over for Corey Gipson, who departed NSU after one season to take the head coaching job at his alma mater, Austin Peay. 

The 47-year-old Cabrera, a native of Spring Valley, New York, led Tallahassee Community College to a 31-6 mark in the 2022-23 and a berth in the NJCAA Tournament semifinals.   

A former head coach at Lackawanna College in Scranton, Pennsylvania, Cabrera has spent 13 years as an assistant at the Division I level. In his six years as a head coach at Lackawanna and Tallahassee Community College, Cabrera has compiled an overall record of 152-45.