Vic Schaefer will have a new assistant on his staff.
Mississippi State announced Monday night that Elena Lovato will join the MSU staff as an assistant coach.
“We are very excited to have Elena Lovato as the newest addition to our Hail State Hoops family,” Schaefer said in a school release. “Obviously Elena is a proven winner having won back-to-back national championships as head coach at Trinity Valley Community College, and she is highly regarded by coaches across the nation because of her tremendous work ethic in all facets of the game. Because of that relentless work ethic, she will fit in very well with our current staff. We hit a home run with Elena joining the Mississippi State family.”
Lovato spent two years as the head coach of the Trinity Valley Community College Lady Cardinals in Athens, Texas. She led the Lady Cardinals to back-to-back NJCAA national championships. She was named WBCA junior college coach of the year in 2014. The Lady Cardinals went 72-2 under Lovato.
“I have truly been blessed the two years I have been here, and I feel like it’s God’s plan for me to move on,” Lovato told the Athens Daily Review. “I can’t tell the community and all our fans how grateful and appreciative I am for their support and everything they did for us.”
Lovato coached current Bulldog Savannah Carter at Trinity during the 2013-13 season. They went 36-1 with the national championship.
Lovato played for West Texas A&M before transferring and ending her career at Missouri Southern State. She played professionally in Puerto Rico and in the National Women’s Basketball League with the Chicago Blaze.