Rian Stubbs is entering his third season as head coach of the Lamar Community College's Runnin' Lopes men’s basketball team. The Lopes have put together back-to-back winning seasons under Stubbs. The 2018-19 season the Lopes had a third team All-Region performer in Jubile Belo (Montana State signee) and honorable mention All-Region Brevin Brimble (Tiffin University signee). Lopes also got in done in the classroom with Academic All-American in Blayton Williams and a spring semester team GPA of 3.14. In Stubbs first year, LCC won 20 games and reached the region quarterfinals. He had an All-Region player in Rich Caldwell (Binghamton signee). In two years as head coach Stubbs has helped place 12 players in Division 1 or beyond. In Stubbs' 3 years in the program, Lamar has an overall record of 62-34.
Stubbs was a part of a 26-7 team that was ranked as high as #11 in the NJCAA national polls led by Coach Sercan Fenerci. Stubbs was also involved with Region IX-South sub-region player of the year Wayne Stewart (New Mexico State signee) who led the South in scoring at 18.3 ppg. Lamar led the region in multiple categories during the 2016-17 season. The Lopes averaged a region-best 6.6 blocks per game, led by 2.8 BPG from Isaiah Martin (Florida A&M signee). Lamar also led the region in total rebounding, defensive rebounding average and offensive rebounding average. The Runnin' Lopes also had three academic All-Region performers in Ryley Stewart, Michael Skinner, and Gabriel Marner. Stubbs saw that seven sophomores moved on to four-year universities.
Stubbs comes from Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas, where he worked under Coach Craig Carse. Stubbs was also a part of the history-making 2015-16 team at HSU. The Cowboys won the American Southwest Conference Championship for the first time, advanced to the NCAA Division III National Tournament and won the school’s first-ever NCAA tournament game. The Cowboys had two All-South Region players in Nathaniel Jack and Justin Jones. Jones was also ASC defensive player of the year. They also had four All-Conference players in Christian O’Neal, Duane Hopper, Nathaniel Jack, and Justin Jones to go along with four academic all-conference performers.
From 2013 to 2015, Stubbs was the men’s assistant basketball coach at Clarendon College. He was involved in many facets of the program including recruiting, player development, scouting, on-floor coaching, academic progress, scheduling, and travel planning. In his two years at Clarendon, Stubbs saw eight players receive scholarships to the Division II level or higher. Stubbs coached two All-Conference selections -- Hershall Grant and Dashun Dixon.
Before Clarendon, Stubbs was the graduate assistant at Hardin-Simmons from 2010-2013. Over that span, the Cowboys went 54-28, participated in three American Southwest Conference tournament semi-finals, and made a championship appearance in 2012. He was also a part of a 21-win Cowboy squad in the 2011-12 season. It was the most wins by a team in the Division III era at HSU. In 2013, Stubbs graduated with a Master’s in Education of counseling and human development.
From 2007-2009 Stubbs played for Hardin-Simmons after transferring from Clarendon College. He started 32 games for the Cowboys over two years. He led his team in rebounding and was second in assists as a senior. He graduated from Hardin-Simmons University in 2010 with a degree in history.
Stubbs is a native of Corsicana, Texas and a graduate of Corsicana High School in 2005.