Rock Stars in Basketball


Daniel Grieves ’11 Hired as Head Basketball Coach

May 13, 2021 – Saint Stanislaus has hired former Rock-A-Chaw great Daniel Grieves as the head basketball coach. As a player at SSC, Grieves was nationally ranked and is the school’s all-time leading scorer with 2,443 points. He helped lead the Rocks to a 123-22 record over a four-year span with four state tournament appearances.


Luke Ladner ’19 Commits to Loyola University of New Orleans

Luke Ladner has been a two-time first-team selection for All-Division 8-4A, a three-year letter winner, a two-time PRCC All-Star, two-time South All-Star, a member of the All-South Mississippi team in 2019, MVP the 2019 KSA Orlando Tournament, the Curtis St. Mary Award recipient as a junior and the Mr. Rock-A-Chaw Award recipient as a senior. In 2019, Ladner averaged 13 points, four assists, six rebounds and two steals per game.


Bordelon, ’20, and Ladner, ’19, Named to the 2019 South Mississippi All-Star Showcase


Ladner, ’19, Named to Sun Herald’s All-South MisSissippi Boys Basketball Team


Rock-A-Chaws Play in MHSAA 4A State Playoffs for the first time in five seasons

The Rock-A-Chaws defeated Greene County before losing to Raymond High School in the second round. Raymond won the 4A Championship. 


saint stanislaus claims class 4a state championship with a victory over pass christian in the title game

Former head coach, Jay Ladner, spent 20 seasons, 1992-2011, building the Rock-A-Chaws into a perennial state contender and had numerous players continue their careers at the JUCO and NCAA Division I, II, and III levels. He won 500 games in his 20 seasons on the bench and brought home the program’s only state championship in 2011. Lander was named the Mississippi Association of Coaches 2011 Boy Basketball Coach of the Year.


Rock-A-Chaws Make the Final 4 in MHSAA 4A State Playoffs


Grady Willis First Player Selected for Mississippi – Alabama All-Star Game 

Grady Willis started the game and led his team with 12 points. 


Rock-A-Chaws Make the Elite 8 in MHSAA 4A State Playoffs 

The 1999-2000 team dedicated its divisional championship game to Brother Anton. 


Rock-A-Chaws Finish 29-10. Terry Lawyer Selected All-State 

Terry Lawyer, a 6’9” center, signed to play college ball with Mississippi State. Mike Fenasci signed with Benedictine College; Matt Kopfler signed with Loyola University, and Kelton Thompson signed with William Carey College.


Coach jay Ladner Leads Rock-A-Chaws to Division Titles and state prominence

Coach Jay Ladner took over the SSC program in 1992 and led the team to division titles in 1995, 1996, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2009, and 2011 and the Class 4A state championship in 2011.


Coach Genin, ’75, Coaches Rock-A-Chaws to State Playoffs 

Coach Chuck Genin took over the Rock hoops program in 1985 and mentored it until 1991. Led by Shannon Garrett, Greg Schruff, and Cedric Smith, the Rock-A-Chaws advanced to the state playoffs in 1990.


Gerard Lemuel,’74, All Conference – Averaged 21.6 Points Per Game


Curtis St. Mary, ’70, becomes the first african-american chosen to play in the mississippi all-star game.

Curtis St. Mary also scored 680 points in his senior year.


Coach Bob Cuccaro Leads Basketball Program 

Under the leadership of Coach Cuccaro, the Rock-A-Chaws consistently won 20 games per season. 


Rock-A-Chaws are Southern Catholic Champions – Play in Chicago 

Led by Brother Peter Basso, athletic director, and Coach Forster Commagere, the eight players crowned Southern Catholic Champions took a train to Chicago. Playing before a crowd of more than 10,000 in the finals at Loyola in Chicago, the Rock-A-Chaws finished second in the nation, losing 19-25 to Marquette. The Rock-A-Chaws also won the coveted trophy for the best sportsmanship among the 32 teams in the tournament.  


New Gymnasium Completed 

The new 125-by-65-foot, two-story structure was built for a cost of $54,000. The basketball court was one of the finest of the time in the South.


Rock-A-Chaws win Gulf Coast Championship


Brother Peter Basso Named Athletic Director 

As athletic director for 14 years, Brother Peter Basso helped build academic and athletic programs renowned nationwide. Brother Peter raised funds to take the basketball team to Chicago for national tournaments.