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April 18, 2013

Havens named new ECU men's coach

Ada —

The East Central University men’s basketball team has hired Ja Havens as its sixth head coach.

Havens will be coming back to his roots in the Oklahoma basketball community after spending his playing career at St. Gregory’s and Northeastern State and the first seven of his 15 years in collegiate coaching in Oklahoma.

“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.”

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