By Brad Locke/NEMS Daily Journal
STARKVILLE – The search for Mississippi State’s next women’s basketball coach has already begun.
On Monday night, just hours after Sharon Fanning-Otis announced her retirement, athletics director Scott Stricklin said he was working the phones and “doing a lot of ground work” on the search.
Fanning-Otis, who’s in her 17th year as head coach, will step down at season’s end. She said she won’t have input in the search process.
“You have an administration that’s very wise relative to what’s out there,” Fanning-Otis said, “and I know that they want every program in this entire department to compete for championships and to be successful. I know that they’ll find the right people to do that.”
One name that naturally pops up is Matthew Mitchell, the Kentucky head coach. The MSU alumnus and Louisville native has a 108-54 record at UK, but he’s probably out of State’s price range – he currently makes $650,000 plus incentives.
Stricklin declined to comment on specific candidates.
“As always, we’ll identify a hard-working, intelligent coach who can move this program forward,” Stricklin said.