By Anthony McClean, Editor In Chief Emeritus NEW HAVEN (BASN) —...
Mississippi Valley State University Hires James Green As New Men’s Basketball Head Coach
Itta Bena, MS — Mississippi Valley State University has announced James Green as its 11th head men’s basketball coach at a press conference held today on campus in the Sutton Administration Building.
“Any of the candidates could have done an outstanding job, but the thing that kept sticking out about Coach Green is that he has that Division I experience that we were looking for to advance our program,” said MVSU President Dr. Lester Newman. “I commend Mr. Lonza Hardy and Dr. Gerald Peoples for working to get that strong of a pool of candidates together.”
Green, the 1999-2000 Conference USA Coach of the Year, replaces the legendary Lafayette Stribling, who retired earlier this summer after garnishing over 300 wins in 22 years of service to MVSU.
Green most recently served The University of Southern Mississippi as head basketball coach from 1996-2004. During his tenure there he led the Golden Eagles to a 123-109 record, which included a Conference USA regular season championship (1999-2000) and two trips to the National Invitational Tournament (NIT).
“The fact that James Green is being hired is a testament to his skills as a coach and to the likelihood of him coming in here and having a dramatic impact on our program from day one,” said Hardy, MVSU’s athletics director. “We look forward to Coach Green coming in here and getting our program ready for this season and beyond.”
Prior to joining Southern Miss’ staff, Green served Iowa State (1994-96) and Alabama (1992-94) as assistant basketball coach. While at Alabama, he helped lead the Crimson Tide to the NIT (1993) and into the second round of the NCAA Tournament (1994).
Green has also held assistant coaching positions with Texas A&M University-College Station (1990-92) and The University of Idaho (1988-90), where the Vandals won two Big Sky Conference championships (1989, 1990) and made two appearances in the NCAA Tournament (1989, 1990).
“I’m very excited to have an opportunity to work with Mr. Hardy, Dr. Newman and the entire Mississippi Valley State University family,” said Coach Green. “I’ve had a long time to follow Coach Stribling. He’s someone well respected throughout the state of Mississippi. It’s just an honor to be selected to try and fill those shoes”.