Blog – MSU’s Schaefer receives new 4-year contract

Schaefer

Schaefer

Mississippi State women’s basketball coach Vic Schaefer received a new four-year contract, MSU Athletic Director Scott Stricklin announced Friday.

The contract will pay the head coach $625,000 in 2015-16 and averages $662,500 annually, not including incentives.

In his third season, Schaefer led MSU to an overall record of 27-7 and 11-5 in the Southeastern Conference. The Bulldogs made it to the second round of the NCAA Tournament before being beat by Duke.

Schaefer was selected as the SEC Coach of the Year and was one of 10 semifinalists for Naismith Coach of the Year Award.

“Vic does a phenomenal job overseeing every aspect of Mississippi State’s women’s basketball program,” Stricklin said in a school release. “His ability to teach, mentor and recruit is special. And he has engaged the Bulldog Family in a manner that has produced heightened interest and record-setting attendance for women’s basketball.

“We are so proud to have Vic Schaefer at Mississippi State, and look forward seeing our women’s basketball program continue to compete at the highest level under his leadership.”

The Bulldogs began the season with 18-straight wins. The 27 overall wins and 11 league wins are school records, along with the third place finish in the SEC.

Schaefer won 22 games in his second season, giving the Bulldogs back-to-back 20-win seasons for just the second time in program history.

“I am very honored and humbled to be the head coach at Mississippi State University, and I appreciate very much the trust and confidence Scott has shown in my staff and me in leading our women’s basketball program,” Schaefer said. “Our teams have been fun to coach and watch, and I believe the future is very bright for our program. Holly and I feel very blessed to be part of this great community here in Starkville, and we truly believe the best is yet to come.”

MSU finished the season ranked No. 12 in the Associated Press poll and 18th in the USA Today/Coaches poll. Schaefer and his team saw 67,598 fans watch their games in Humphrey Coliseum this season, a school-record.

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