Restoring St. Stanislaus hoops tradition
The year was 1991 and Jay Ladner was hired as the head boys basketball coach at St. Stanislaus.
After two losing campaigns, he went on to lead the Rock-A-Chaws to 18 straight winning seasons, culminating with SSC’s lone state title in 2011.
That was Ladner’s last year in Bay St. Louis, but his influence still remains a large part of the current program. Last year, former SSC standout Aaron Dunklin took over the reins and got right to work as one of the Ladner disciples.
He was part of the class of 2000, right about the time Ladner’s son was born. Luke Ladner is now a junior at St. Stanislaus and he shares the like mindset of Coach Dunklin about how they can best fulfill his father’s legacy in the season ahead. “The legacy of what we want to do is we tell these guys they weren’t part of any of the banners that’s here, so it’s time for them to make their own mark. Earn their own respect and earn their own self a banner is something that you can come back here 10 years from now, 20 years from now and say I was a part of something special at Stanislaus,” said Dunklin.
“Nobody on this team has ever put a banner on the wall, and that’s what we hear about from the former players every day is everybody puts a banner on the wall. And everybody on this team, we want to leave our mark. So before we leave, we’re going to put a banner on this wall,” said Luke Ladner.
Under Ladner, St. Stanislaus made ten trips to the state tournament which was just a six team field back then. The Rocks are still looking for their first win of the season which could come tomorrow night on the road at Forrest County AHS.