Mississippi State Men’s Basketball finalizes coaching staff under Chris Jans

With five new recruits officially announced between Thursday and Monday, the Mississippi State men’s basketball team put together its 2022-23 coaching staff.

The Bulldogs’ hiring of recruiting director Patrice Days on Monday afternoon finalized the first coaching staff of Chris Jans as MSU’s new head coach. Jans was hired away from New Mexico State in March.

Days spent last season at East Tennessee State after four years on the Coastal Carolina staff.

Former Kentucky star Scott Padgett was hired Sunday as the assistant head coach. Padgett, an eight-year NBA veteran, coached at the Division I level for 13 years, spending the previous season at Manhattan College.

“Coach Scott Padgett has run the gamut when it comes to basketball,” Jans said in an MSU press release. “Obviously, he will bring a wealth of playing and coaching experience that Mississippi State will draw upon daily. We are thrilled to add someone of Scott’s reputation among various basketball circles. .

Jans also tapped former New Mexico State graduate assistant Jovan Austin as the Bulldogs’ new chief operating officer.

Austin played for Bowling Green during Jans’ only season at school and was an assistant at UT–Rio Grande Valley last season.

“Coach Austin is a rising star in the industry and will move the needle in a positive direction for our program,” Jans said.

Jans also hired Tarleton State assistant Dillon “Tex” Elder and Georgia graduate assistant Joe Rogers on Thursday.

Elder will serve as the Bulldogs’ director of scouting and analysis, while Rogers will serve as MSU’s operations coordinator.

“Coach Dillon ‘Tex’ Elder has earned the praise of successful people in our industry,” Jans said. “He already has a multiple skill set that will help our program move forward. Coach Joe Rogers has already proven to be a valuable asset to our program. He is a tireless worker and problem solver which are key ingredients to his role.

Jans had previously hired assistants James Miller – his right-hand man at NMSU – and David Anwar as well as strength and conditioning coach Dominick Walker.

Longtime Mississippi State aide George Brooks will remain on the staff in the same role.

Theo DeRosa reports on Mississippi State sports for The Dispatch. Follow him on Twitter at @Theo_DeRosa.

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