Carlos Funchess, a former two-time All-Southland Conference performer and co-Player of the Year for the Louisiana-Monroe men's basketball team, is in his thirteenth season with the Jaguars and his first season as the head coach.
Funchess served as a men's assistant and then with ULM's Office of Academic and Compliance Services as Coordinator of Student Athlete Services and Compliance Officer before returning to coaching with the women's program.
Funchess' collegiate playing career began at Copiah-Lincoln Community College in Wesson, Miss. from 1987-89. As a freshman, he led Co-Lin to a 33-2 record, a state championship and a seventh-place finish at the National Junior and Community College Association Tournament. In 1988-89, he earned All-State accolades while helping Co-Lin to a 25-5 record and another state junior college championship. He finished his junior college career by playing in the state all-star game.
He transferred to ULM where he played two seasons for current Indian Coach Mike Vining. He was named first-team all-Southland Conference in 1989-90 and 1990-91. Funchess led the Indians to back-to-back SLC season and tournament titles and NCAA Tournament appearances, averaging 13.4 points and 6.6 rebounds and leading the conference in three-point shooting as a junior and averaging 19.4 points and 5.8 boards as a senior. He was named the SLC's Co-Most Valuable Player with teammate Anthony Jones following his final season.
Funchess received national recognition after his senior season when he won the College Slam Dunk Contest on ESPN, edging Jones in the finals. After his ULM career, Funchess signed a free agent contract with the NBA's Miami Heat. He played for the Huntsville Lasers of the Global Basketball Association in 1991-92. He later played for Sioux Falls and Rockford of the Continental Basketball Association and also saw action overseas in Caracas, Venezuela.
Following his pro years, Funchess returned to ULM to complete work on his degree in Health and Human Performance in 1994, then joined Vining's coaching staff. He served on the Indian staff for four seasons, helping ULM win two more conference championships, before moving over to the academic and compliance office.
The ULM assistant coach was a prep basketball star at Magee, Miss., High School before going to Copiah-Lincoln.
Coach Funchess received a bachelor's degree in Health and Human Performance from Louisiana-Monroe in 1992. He was married this fall to the former Sondia Mills of Monroe and has a stepdaughter, Tynee.