James Green named men’s basketball coach at MVSU
Itta Bena, MS (Sports Network) – Mississippi Valley State University announced
at a Wednesday afternoon press conference that James Green has been named the
men’s head basketball coach.
Green, who becomes the 11th men’s basketball coach in the school’s history,
replaces the legendary Lafayette Stribling, who retired earlier this summer
after collecting over 300 wins in 22 years of service to MVSU.
The 1999-2000 Conference USA Coach of the Year, Green was the head coach at
Southern Miss from 1996-2004. Under his guidance, the Golden Eagles went
123-109, which included a Conference USA regular season championship
(1999-2000) and two trips to the National Invitational Tournament (NIT).
“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, 45, also had stints as an assistant basketball coach with Iowa State
(1994-96), Alabama (1992-94), Texas A&M (1990-92) and Idaho (1988-90).
“I’m very excited to have an opportunity to work with Mr. Hardy, Dr. Newman
and the entire Mississippi Valley State University family,” said 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.”