Mississippi State hires Texas A&M's Schaefer

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STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) -- Mississippi State has hired Vin Schaefer to be its next women's basketball coach.

Schaefer comes to the Bulldogs after 15 years as the associate head coach at Texas A&M. He also had an eight-year stint as the head coach at Sam Houston State before going to the Big 12.

Schaefer is regarded as a defensive specialist and MSU athletic director Scott Stricklin calls him "one of the top assistant coaches in the nation." Texas A&M made seven NCAA tournament during Schaefer's tenure and won the national championship in 2011.

Schaefer takes over for previous coach Sharon Fanning-Otis, who announced her retirement last month after 17 seasons with the Bulldogs. She leads the program in career coaching wins, with a 281-232 record.