Andy Stoglin, who gave Mid-South Community College’s men’s basketball program instant credibility four years ago, will return to front-line coaching this fall as head coach of the Lady Greyhounds.
Stoglin takes over for Kim (Turner) Ezell, who decided to step away from the rigors and long hours of coaching to spend more time with her family. Stoglin has served as “coach emeritus” for MSCC the past two seasons.
“Coach Stoglin is a great coach and a great mentor, and we appreciate his willingness to step in at the last minute to lead our women’s program,” said MSCC Athletic Director Chris Parker.
“The thing I appreciate most about Coach Stoglin is the way he treats people. He demonstrates that coaching isn’t so much about what you know but about the people that you are able to affect in a positive way.”
“Andy Stoglin is a first-class person who just happens to be a great basketball coach,” added Dr. Glen Fenter, MSCC president. “Coach Stoglin’s track record of developing student athletes into successful players and citizens is nothing short of stellar, and we are extremely fortunate to have him rejoin our basketball program.”
After a successful campaign as the Greyhounds’ head coach in 2010-11, Stoglin found it necessary to accept a more lucrative job to help with family obligations. He said leaving the Greyhounds’ program was difficult.
“When I left in 2011, it was hard for me to tell Dr. Fenter because I really enjoyed working at the college,” he said. “But I promised him I would always be a part of the basketball program at MSCC as long as he is here because of what he’s trying to do to help these young people.”
“Basketball has been pretty good to me, and I see this as another opportunity to give back. It’s all about helping the kids.”
Stoglin, who brings 40 years of coaching experience to his new role, returned to MSCC a year after leaving and has served as a mentor and role model at the college. He has become a fixture among Mid-South students.
Arkansas Razorback fans may remember Stoglin from the three years he spent under Hall of Fame coach Nolan Richardson in the 1980s, but his impressive resume stands on its own.
Before coming to MSCC the first time, Stoglin led the UV Xalapa team to an 87-9 record and two national titles in Mexico’s top professional league. He earned Coach of the Year honors in 2007-08 and 2008-09.
Prior to coaching in Mexico, Stoglin spent a year as head coach of the Arkansas RimRockers of the National Basketball Association Development League. He also guided the Mississippi Hardhats for a season and earned the 2005 Commissioner’s Award for outstanding contributions to the World Basketball Association.
In 2004-2005, Stoglin led the Mississippi Stingers of the American Basketball Association to a 26-4 record and an appearance in the league’s Final Four.
From 1989 to 2003, he coached at Jackson State University and led the Tigers to six Southwest Athletic Conference championships, three appearances in the NCAA tournament, and one appearance in the NIT. Stoglin won SWAC Coach of the Year honors three times.
“I have coached at many different levels in many different places, and I’m old school,” Stoglin said. “But I have learned a lot in the last few years that will help me make a difference in the lives of these young women.”
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