STARKVILLE, miss. – Mississippi State named Chris Jans its men’s basketball coach on Sunday, a day after he led the state of New Mexico in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
The school announced the hiring on its athletics department’s website but gave no details. Jans, who has been 122-32 in the last five seasons at Las Cruces, led the Aggies, 12º seeded, to 5º UConn 70-63 in the first round before falling 53-48 to fourth seed Arkansas in the West Region Saturday Night. game in Buffalo, New York.
He is 143-44 as a Division I coach, including 21-15 at Bowling Green during the 2014-15 season. Jans’ winning percentage is the fourth among active coaches behind Mark Few of Gonzaga (.837), Bill Self of Kansas (.768) and Mike Krzyzewski of Duke (.766), who will retire after this season. .
Jans also served two stints on Wichita State staff, helping guide the Shockers to seven consecutive NCAA Tournament positions during their first stint. His training also includes several stops at the university level.
Mississippi State athletic director John Cohen said Jans was considered one of the best college basketball coaches and that his overall resume “speaks for itself.”
Cohen added: “What stood out about Coach Jans was his culture of responsibility, hard-working mindset, emphasis on player development and vision. Coach Jans is a proven leader and a winner.”
Jans replaces Ben Howland, who left the Bulldogs for seven seasons on Wednesday.
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Mississippi State hires Jans of New Mexico State as coach
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