Tuesday , May , 24 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Stribling announces retirement

Itta Bena, MS (Sports Network) – Mississippi Valley State University announced
the retirement of legendary men’s basketball coach Lafayette Stribling.

Stribling, who will step down on June 30, is the winningest coach in school
history, compiling a 315-307 record in 22 years at the helm of the Delta
Devils. MVSU finished just 13-15 during the 2004-05 campaign, but went 11-7 in
the Southwestern Athletic Conference.

“The entire Mississippi Valley State University family applauds coach
Stribling for his 20-plus years of service to our institution,” said MVSU
president Dr. Lester C. Newman. “What coach Stribling has done for our
athletics program, as well as the university in general, is phenomenal. Not
only is he the winningest coach in MVSU basketball history, but he has touched
the lives of so many young students during his tenure here. We accept his
decision to retire at this time, but we know that we’ll miss having him as an
employee at our university.”

During Stribling’s tenure, the Delta Devils captured four SWAC regular-season
titles and earned three trips to the NCAA Tournament (1986, 1992, 1996).

“Coach Stribling is a true legend,” said athletic director Lonza Hardy Jr.
“When you think of Valley basketball, you automatically think of coach
Stribling. He took over a little heard of program in 1983 and elevated it into
a respected national power. His winning ways has made him a college basketball

There is speculation that Stribling will take over the head coaching position
at Tougaloo College in Jackson, MS.