Mississippi State has hired Vin Schaefer to be its next women's basketball coach.
Schaefer comes to the Bulldogs after 15 years as the associate head coach at Texas A&M. He also had an eight-year stint as the head coach at Sam Houston State before going to the Big 12.
Schaefer is regarded as a defensive specialist and MSU athletic director Scott Stricklin calls him ''one of the top assistant coaches in the nation.'' Texas A&M made seven NCAA tournament during Schaefer's tenure and won the national championship in 2011.
Schaefer takes over for previous coach Sharon Fanning-Otis, who announced her retirement last month after 17 seasons with the Bulldogs. She leads the program in career coaching wins, with a 281-232 record.