The Mississippi State men’s basketball program have filled out its final coaching spot.
According to MSU officials, Meridian Community College head coach George Brooks has resigned his position Tuesday to accept an assistant position at Mississippi State.
“All of us at MCC are happy for George,” MCC president Scott Elliott told WTOK in Meridian Tuesday. “It’s the opportunity of a coaching lifetime for George to return to MSU and re-affiliate with a top-flight NCAA program."
Brooks will be the third assistant at MSU and under NCAA rules will not be able to leave the Starkville campus to recruit. The move is pending IHL board approval.
In his 11 years as head coach, Brooks coached 33 MCC players in his 11 years with the program that signed with NCAA basketball programs including first team NJCAA All-America selection Tajudeen Soyoye, who would eventually sign with the University of Missouri.
In addition, as the main recruiter for MCC basketball since 1998, Brooks signed and coached two players that have played in the NBA (Jamario Moon and Ronald Murray).
The position opened up when former MSU assistant Robert Kirby left the Bulldogs program on June 21 to be an assistant at Georgetown, and 10 days later, MSU head coach Rick Stansbury promoted assistant coaches Phil Cunningham and Marcus Grant. Grant has now been given off-campus recruiting responsibilities for the first time in his six complete seasons on the bench in Starkville.
Brooks is now entering Grant's position on the staff which is considered a more game-preparation orientated job.
According to his bio on the MCC website, Brooks has led MCC to multiple conference championships and numerous appearances in the NJCAA Region 23 Tournament in his 11 seasons as head coach.
Brooks played at MSU from 1992 to 1994 and was a student assistant on the 1996 team Final Four team under head coach Richard Williams when Stansbury was Williams' top assistant.