Vic Schaefer hired as Miss. St. coach

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Mississippi State has hired Vic Schaefer to be its next women's basketball coach.

Schaefer comes to the Bulldogs after 15 years as the associate head coach to Gary Blair at both Texas A&M and Arkansas. He also had an eight-year stint as the head coach at Sam Houston State before joining forces with Blair.

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.