Head Women's Basketball Coach
Justin LeBlanc was named as the Head Women’s Basketball coach at Millsaps in 2016. In his first season at the helm, LeBlanc led the Majors to a 17-10 record, with his team finishing at 9-5 in the Southern Athletic Association (SAA). The Majors finished second in the conference standings, and advanced to the SAA Tournament semifinal.
Before arriving at Millsaps, LeBlanc spent five seasons as an assistant coach at Centenary College in Louisiana with the men’s program. He then took over for the 2015-16 season as the head coach of Centenary’s women’s program. During his one season as head coach for the Ladies, LeBlanc tied the 2002-03 squad for the most wins since the 1982-83 season with nine. He also led the team to their first postseason appearance in two seasons.
During his five seasons as an assistant with the men’s team, LeBlanc worked primarily with the guards and was the lead recruiter. He coached and recruited three straight conference Players of the Year, three straight conference Newcomers of the Year, four All-Americans, four all-region selections, 12 all-conference honors, and 12 SCAC Player of the Week recognitions.
Prior to Centenary, LeBlanc was assistant coach of the men’s basketball team for four years at Millsaps. During that time, the Majors produced an overall record of 67-43, captured a SCAC title in 2007-08, and advanced to the Elite 8 of the NCAA Division III National Tournament. During his four years, he coached and assisted in the development of eight all-conference selections, two NABC All-South Region selections, a SCAC Tournament MVP, and an All-American selection.
A four-year letter winner as a player at Millsaps from 2002-06, LeBlanc led the Majors to four SCAC Tournament appearances. He graduated from Millsaps in 2006 with a degree in business administration and a minor in French. In 2011, he received his Master’s degree in sport administration from the University of Southern Mississippi.
Justin and his wife, Caroline, have two sons, Jackson and Jay.
Head Men's Basketball Coach
Jimmy Smith was named the head men's basketball coach at Millsaps in April of 2017, bringing head coaching experience at both Schreiner University and Texas Lutheran University with him to the Majors program.
Smith brings a proven track record of success at the Division III level to Millsaps. In 2012 he was named the head coach at Schreiner University, turning around a program that had never produced a winning record to one that finished the 2013-14 season 15-12 overall and 10-4 in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) and reached the SCAC semifinals.
After two seasons at Schreiner, Smith took over a squad at Texas Lutheran University that finished last in the SCAC in 2013-14. He led the program from worst to first in his first season, with the team posting an 18-10 record and winning the SCAC title and advancing to the NCAA Division III Tournament. In 2015-16 Smith led the Bulldogs to a 21-7 mark and another SCAC title and NCAA appearance. That run earned Smith the National Association of Basketball Coaches Association (NABC) Division III South Region Co-Coach of the Year honors. Both regular season championships were the first conference titles at TLU since 1965, with the NCAA Tournament appearances the first in program history.
Smith spent last season as an assistant coach at Division I Sam Houston State University where he helped the Bearkats reach the semifinals of the Southland Conference tournament and finish with a record of 21-13. He also spent two years at Sam Houston State (2004-06) as a graduate assistant, with the Bearkats posting a 40-21 mark in those two seasons.
A four-year letterman in basketball at Mary Hardin-Baylor University, Smith was honored as the school’s Male Athlete of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year and as an American Southwest Conference honorable mention all-conference selection. A three-time academic all-league selection, he was UMHB’s first CoSIDA Academic All-Region honoree as a senior. Smith returned to his alma mater as an assistant coach where he helped lead the Crusaders to a 70-18 three-year record and three NCAA Division III national tournament appearances.