Starkville, MS (Sports Network) - Rick Ray, an assistant at Clemson the past
two years, has been named the new head men's basketball coach at Mississippi
Ray takes over for Rick Stansbury, who announced in March that he was retiring
after leading the program the last 14 years.
"Rick fits the model of head coach we have sought to bring into our program
over the last several years," Mississippi State director of athletics Scott
Stricklin said. "He is bright, enthusiastic, disciplined and is a man of
integrity. He has served with some of the top head and assistant coaches in
college basketball and will bring a piece of all of them to our head coaching
The 40-year-old Ray was associate head coach to Brad Brownell for the past two
seasons and helped Clemson win 38 games in that span.
"Rick is a terrific coach in every sense of the word," Brownell said. "He is
as consummate professional. He is a relentless recruiter, has worked with some
of the best Xs and Os coaches in the business, and is unbelievably bright."
Ray was an assistant coach from 2006-10 under Matt Painter at Purdue and spent
seven years (1997-2004) as an assistant at Indiana State and also worked at
Northern Illinois from 2004-06.
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