Mississippi State hires Texas A&M's Schaefer

March 13, 2012

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.