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Rick Stansbury

Title Head coach
College Mississippi State
Sport Basketball
Born December 23, 1959 (1959-12-23) (age 50)
Place of birth United States Battletown, Kentucky
Career highlights
SEC Regular Season Championship (2004)
SEC Tournament Championship (2002, 2009)
SEC Western Division Championship
(2003, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2010)
2004 SEC Coach of the Year
Playing career
1977–1981 Campbellsville
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Campbellsville (asst.)
Cumberland (asst.)
Austin Peay (asst.)
Mississippi State (asst.)
Mississippi State

Rick Stansbury (born December 23, 1959 in Battletown, Kentucky) is the current head men's basketball coach at Mississippi State University (MSU).

On March 13, 1998, Stansbury became the Bulldogs' 18th head basketball coach, replacing his mentor, Richard Williams, who was then Mississippi State's all-time winningest basketball coach. With his first win in the 2006-07 season, Stansbury moved into second place on that list.[1][2] During the 2007-2008 season, Stansbury passed Williams as the all-time winningest basketball coach at Mississippi State.

Stansbury played high school basketball for Meade County HS in Brandenburg, Kentucky,graduating in 1977. From 1977-81, he played college ball at Campbellsville College (now Campbellsville University) in Campbellsville, Kentucky, leading the team to the NAIA Tournament in his senior season.

Stansbury began his coaching career at his alma mater as a student assistant (1982-83). Following his stint at Campbellsville, he served as a graduate assistant at Cumberland College (now University of the Cumberlands) in Williamsburg, Kentucky (1983-84), helping lead the team to a 31-5 mark and a second-round appearance in the NAIA Tournament.

In 1984, Stansbury moved to Austin Peay State University, where he served a six-year term as an assistant, helping guide them to three consecutive winning seasons, beginning with a conference tournament championship and a subsequent NCAA Tournament second-round berth during the 1986-87 season, while the APSU Governors posted a mark of 20-12. [3]

After APSU, Stansbury served as an assistant coach at MSU under Williams from 1990-94, becoming Williams' associate head coach and top recruiter in 1994 until 1998. During those eight seasons, the Bulldogs: won the overall Southeastern Conference (SEC) regular season championship (1991); twice won the SEC West crown (1995 and 1996); won the SEC tournament championship (1996); and advanced to the "Sweet 16" and "Final Four" in back-to-back seasons (1995 and 1996).[4]

Taking over the helm as the Bulldogs head coach in 1998, Stansbury led his team to post-season tournament play nine times in eleven seasons (six NCAA and three NIT tournaments), with five consecutive post-season tournament appearances, the first MSU basketball coach in history to accomplish this feat. His 2001-02 MSU team compiled the most wins in a single season in school history (27), winning the SEC tournament championship. His teams won the SEC West crown in the 2002-03, 2003-04, 2006-07, 2007-08, and 2009-2010 seasons, with the 2003-04 squad winning the overall SEC regular season championship outright. Stansbury also owns MSU's record for consecutive 20-win seasons with four from 2001-05 and again from 2006-2010.[5]

From his days as an MSU assistant until the current season, Stansbury has been a part of over 350 MSU victories and more than 10 postseason tournament appearances.


Head coaching record

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Mississippi State (SEC West) (1998–present)
1998–1999 Mississippi State 20-13 8-8 T-3rd NIT 1st Round
1999–2000 Mississippi State 14-16 5-11 T-5th
2000–2001 Mississippi State 18-13 7-9 T-4th NIT Quarterfinals
2001–2002 Mississippi State 27-8 10-6 2nd NCAA 2nd Round
2002–2003 Mississippi State 21-10 9-7 1st NCAA 1st Round
2003–2004 Mississippi State 26-4 14-2 1st NCAA 2nd Round
2004–2005 Mississippi State 23-11 9-7 3rd NCAA 2nd Round
2005–2006 Mississippi State 15-15 5-11 5th
2006–2007 Mississippi State 21-14 8-8 T-1st NIT Final Four
2007–2008 Mississippi State 23-11 12-4 1st NCAA 2nd Round
2008-2009 Mississippi State 23-13 9-7 3rd NCAA 1st Round
2009-2010 Mississippi State 23-11 9-7 T-1st NIT
Mississippi State: 255-137 105-85
Total: 255-137

      National Champion         Conference Regular Season Champion         Conference Tournament Champion
      Conference Regular Season & Conference Tournament Champion       Conference Division Champion

Coaching succession

Preceded by
Richard Williams
Mississippi State University Head Basketball Coach
Succeeded by


2006-07 Mississippi State Men's Basketball Media Guide. (n.d.). Retrieved June 8, 2007, from

Rick Stansbury - Head Men's Basketball Coach. (n.d.). Retrieved June 8, 2007, from

2006-07 Mississippi State Men's Basketball Schedule. (n.d.). Retrieved June 8, 2007, from

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