By NEMCC Media Relations
BOONEVILLE, Miss. – Northeast Mississippi Community College has turned to a community college product to replace longtime men’s basketball coach David Robbins.
Cord Wright, a Lafayette, Louisiana native, has been named the college’s new men’s basketball coach. An official announcement is set for Monday, April 15 at 2:30 p.m. in the Claude Wright Room of the Haney Union.
Wright replaces Robbins, who accepted the role of Dean of Students and Athletic Director during the spring 2013 semester. He comes to Northeast from the University of Louisiana-Monroe where he served as an assistant coach on Keith Richards’ staff for three years.
However, Wright knows the community college environment and northeast Mississippi region very well.
Before joining the University of Louisiana-Monroe staff, Wright served as an assistant coach at the University of North Alabama under Bobby Champagne. While with the Lions, Wright helped the University of North Alabama earn a pair of berths in the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s (NCAA) Division II Tournament.
In 2006, Wright and the Lions earned bid into the NCAA’s South Regional – the first appearance by North Alabama in the NCAA Tournament since 1996. Wright helped guided the Lions back to the NCAA Tournament during the 2007-08 season when they advanced to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight after posing a 27-9 record.
Under Wright’s tutelage, a quartet of University of North Alabama players were elected to the All-Gulf South Conference first team including standout Kenny Johnson who earned the Gulf South Conference’s Player of the Year award in 2008-09. In addition to four first-team honorees, five Lions were named to the All-Gulf South Conference second team and three earned Academic All-Gulf South Conference recognition under Wright’s leadership.
Before becoming a full-time assistant with the Lions in 2006, Wright spent a pair of seasons as a graduate assistant (2003-05) on Champagne’s staff while earning a master’s degree in health promotions and human performance.
Wright coached at Spartanburg Methodist College for one season before joining the staff at the University of North Alabama and got his coaching start as a student assistant coach at his alma mater – Limestone College in Gaffney, South Carolina.
During his time playing at Limestone College, Wright was named an all-conference selection and an all-conference academic honoree during his two years with the Saints. In addition to his all-conference selections for his work on the hardwood and in the classroom, Wright led the Saints in scoring and rebounding in his two years at the South Carolina-based school while earning a bachelor’s degree in physical education with a minor in biology.
Wright got his collegiate playing career started at the tradition-rich Danville Area Community College where he starred for the Jaguars from 1997-99. During his time at Danville Area Community College, Wright was a threat beyond the arc for the Jaguars and was ranked as the second-best three-point shooter in the National Junior Colleges Athletic Association (NJCAA) as a sophomore.
When not busy coaching, Wright has worked a variety of basketball camps throughout the country including camps at Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana State University and Oklahoma. Wright is founder of the “Yours in Hoops” basketball camp.
Wright, a graduate of St. Thomas More High School, is a dedicated family man. He and wife Kelly have one son.