Former Tupelo High assistant named head coach of Delta Devils

By The Associated Press

ITTA BENA — Mississippi Valley State University has moved interim men’s basketball coach Chico Potts into the position permanently.

University officials said Monday that Potts becomes the Delta Devils’ ninth head coach in school history.

Interim Athletic Director Donald Sims says Potts’ interview was impressive and he has a plan to help students excel academically and athletically.

Potts was promoted following a four-year stint as an assistant under Sean Woods, who left for Morehead State last month. Before that, he served as an assistant at Delta State.

Prior to his time at Delta State, Potts served as head coach of the junior varsity and as an assistant to David Bell at Tupelo High School. While at THS, Potts led the junior varsity team to a record of 45-7 in three seasons as head coach.

Potts is married to the former Kimberly Hurd of Corinth, MS. The couple has two daughters, Tiara and Patience.

Potts was the primary assistant coach on last year’s squad that earned Southwestern Athletic Conference regular season and tournament titles along with an NCAA Tournament appearance. The team also held the nation’s second-longest win streak (17 games) during the 2011-12 season.

Miss. Valley State Media Relations contributed to this report.