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Vic Schaefer

Vic Schaefer participated in his second coaching assignment with USA Basketball as an assistant coach for the 2019 U.S. Pan American Games Women’s Basketball Team, which he helped lead to a 4-1 record and silver medal at the 2019 Pan American Games from Aug. 6-10 in Lima, Peru.


The Mississippi State head coach is in his eighth season (2012-13 to present) in 2019-20.


Through the 2018-19 season, Schaefer had an overall record of 191-55 (.776) at Mississippi State. Under Schaefer, Mississippi State has reached the 30-win mark each of the last three seasons.


The Bulldogs made history in the 2018-19 season, winning their first ever Southeastern Conference Tournament Championship and their second SEC regular-season championship, finishing 30-2 overall and 15-1 in the SEC. For his efforts, Schaefer was tabbed the SEC Coach of the Year for the third time in five seasons.


In 2017-18, Schaefer led the Bulldogs to a second-straight NCAA National Championship game and their first SEC regular-season championship. They not only set the program record with 37 wins and a .949 winning percentage but also opened the year with 32-consecutive victories which is the most in Mississippi State history and the second-longest winning streak in SEC history. Schaefer was named 2018 Naismith National Coach of the Year honors, as well as national accolades from the WBCA, USBWA and College Sports Madness. 



In 2014-15 Schaefer was named SEC Coach of the Year after guiding his team to their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2010. 


The Houston, Texas native graduated from Texas A&M in 1984. Prior to coaching at MSU, Schaefer served as the associate head coach at Texas A&M from 2003-04 to 2011-12, the associate head coach at University of Arkansas from 2000-01 to 2002-03 and the assistant coach at Arkansas from 1997-98 to 1999-00. 


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