Jackson State turns to area high school to find next its head coach; tabs Brent
JACKSON, Miss. -- Jackson State has hired Wayne Brent to be its men's head basketball coach.
The 45-year-old Brent is an accomplished high-school coach, winning four state championships in six seasons with Callaway High School in Jackson. He also was an assistant coach at Mississippi for four seasons in the late 1990s and early 2000s, helping the Rebels advance to the NCAA tournament three times.
Brent was introduced Monday, and will have a strong nucleus to work with next season, including guards Dundrecous Nelson (Ole Miss) and Julysses Nobles (Arkansas), who will both be eligible after transferring from the Southeastern Conference. He'll also have several returning players from last year's team that finished with an 11-18 record.
“There are certain goals that I have set for this program. I want to give guys a chance to dream,” Brent said during Monday’s news conference, adding that he’d like the team to reach the NCAA tournament in the next few years.
Brent takes over for Tevester Anderson, who retired after 10 seasons leading the Tigers.
Jackson State Athletics contributed to this report.