Austin Peay hires South Carolina assistant coach Matt Figger

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. -- Austin Peay is hiring South Carolina assistant Matt Figger as its next men's basketball coach.

School officials announced Monday that Figger would be introduced at a Thursday news conference. Figger replaces Dave Loos, who retired last month.

Figger was part of a South Carolina staff that got the Gamecocks to the Final Four this year in a stunning postseason run by a program that hadn't won an NCAA Tournament game since 1973. Figger worked for Gamecocks coach Frank Martin at Kansas State before following him to South Carolina in 2012.

"We couldn't be more ecstatic to have him leading our program," Austin Peay athletic director Ryan Ivey said in a statement.

Loos retired as the Ohio Valley Conference's all-time leader in wins after coaching 27 seasons at Austin Peay.