Head Coach Vic Schaefer
When searching for a head women’s basketball coach, Mississippi State athletic director Scott Stricklin was seeking a passionate, driven individual who could build the Bulldogs into a championship program. He found the ideal person in Vic Schaefer, who enters his fourth season as Mississippi State head coach.
Schaefer, a veteran coach of 31 seasons, came to Starkville with the blueprints to crafting Mississippi State into a championship program. In just his third season he added a major building block as the Bulldogs enjoyed a record-setting 2014-15 campaign that earned him SEC Coach of the Year honors from the Associated Press, co-Coach of the Year accolades from his league peers and Naismith National Coach of the Year semifinalist honors.
He guided MSU to its first NCAA Tournament since 2010 while setting school records for overall wins (27) and league victories (11). State also matched its highest-ever SEC finish (3rd place) while breaking into the national polls for the first time since 2010. Mississippi State stayed in the polls for 17-straight weeks, the second-longest tenure in program history, en route to finishing a program-best No. 12 in the final AP poll.
The 2014-15 season also saw the Bulldogs set a school record with 18-straight wins to open the year, and they were the first Division I men’s or women’s program to 22 wins while being one of the final three undefeated women’s teams in the nation.
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