Schaefer brings defensive mind to Mississippi State

By Brad Locke/NEMS Daily Journal

Vic Schaefer was introduced as MSU’s new women’s basketball coach today, and the man they call the “Secretary of Defense” put an emphasis on that side of the ball during today’s press conference.

“We’re not going to allow you to score the way you want to score,” Schaefer said. “…We’ve taken great pride in making people miserable over the years.”

Schaefer, 51, comes from Texas A&M, where he’s been since 2003. As associate head coach to Gary Blair, he helped lead the Lady Aggies to the 2011 NCAA title. Those A&M teams have been known for tough defense, a result of Schaefer’s tough demands.

“I don’t apologize for being demanding,” he said.

Athletics director Scott Stricklin said Schaefer was a “slam dunk” and fit all the qualities State was looking for. Schaefer was previously a head coach at Sam Houston State, where from 1990-97 he compiled a record of 80-110. He was 29 years old when he took that job.

“I learned pretty quick that good players make good coaches,” he said.

Stricklin said Schaefer will make $275,000 and has a four-year contract, the maximum allowed under Mississippi law. Stricklin also said that six candidates were interviewed for the job, and Schaefer was offered the position last week.

Schaefer has not yet decided how to handle his coaching staff.

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