Just one year removed from back-to-back trips to the NCAA Final Four, Mississippi State has quickly turned into one of the nation’s best under Head Coach Vic Schaefer.
Yet, just as quickly, the best era of MSU women’s basketball has now come to an end. On Sunday, Schaefer accepted the head coaching position at the University of Texas after spending the last eight seasons with the Bulldogs.
During that time, Schaefer amassed an overall record of 221-62 en-route to those two Final Four appearances in 2017 and 2018 as well as the school’s first ever SEC Tournament Championship in 2019.
Only 20 division I programs have more trips to the Final Four than Mississippi State and Texas is one of them, giving Schaefer the chance to get closer to his hometown of Houston while also upholding the Starkville standard in Austin. “To be entrusted with such a storied and rich tradition program and to have the responsibility, it’s just not something you can turn down. We are a very driven staff and we’ve been in that last game two years in a row and we kind of like that. It’s our motivation, that’s what we’re going to do at the University of Texas.”
As far as previous coaching stops go, Schaefer is the common denominator between the only four combined Final Four appearances in the history of Mississippi State, Texas A&M, and Arkansas.
Schaefer’s would-be last NCAA Tournament games at MSU were canceled due to the Coronavirus.
Back in Starkville, the Bulldogs are already looking ahead to the future.
In a statement today, Athletic Director John Cohen said, “I met with our young women and informed them that a national search for our next head women’s basketball coach is underway.”
He goes on to say, “I could not be more proud of our young women’s dedication, energy, and passion for each other and for the Bulldog Family. They are the reason that so many coaches have an interest in this position. We are excited for the next chapter of Mississippi State Women’s Basketball.”