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JSU taps Brent to coach men’s basketball

JSU-Wayne Brent-600Wayne Brent was named as the seventh head coach of the Jackson State Tigers on Monday during a press conference at the Jackson State University Sports Hall of Fame.

After welcoming Brent to JSU, Director of Athletics Dr. Vivian L. Fuller presented him with a jacket and shirt bearing the university's logo. Brent thanked God, his family and the university administration before laying out his plans for JSU.

"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, who is one of the most successful basketball coaches in the history of the Jackson Public School system, brings over 15 years of coaching experience at the high school and collegiate levels to JSU. He comes to Jackson State after leading Callaway High School to the 2013 state championship.

From 2007-08 through 2012-13, Brent's Callaway teams won five division championships and four state championships. Prior to taking the Callaway job, Brent was the head coach at Piney Woods High School. In three years at Piney Woods, Brent led the Tornadoes to a 72-16 record. In 2004, his first year at the school, the Tornadoes finished with a 31-6 record and earned a divisional title. Over the next two years, his teams went 20-6 (2005) and 21-4 (2006) with two additional divisional titles.

From 1998-1999 through 2000-01, he served as an assistant men's basketball coach at the University of Mississippi. While at Ole Miss, the Rebels made three NCAA tournament appearances and a post-season NIT appearance.

Prior to serving as an assistant at Ole Miss, he was the head coach at Provine High School. In his six seasons at Provine, Brent compiled a record of 116-65. In the final two seasons at Provine, the Rams won the state of Mississippi Class 5A title (1998) and finished ranked No. 25 in the final USA Today Boys High School Top 25 poll.

"He has won at every level of basketball he has touched," Fuller said. "We are excited today."

Prior to his time at Provine, Brent served as an assistant coach at Tallulah High School in Tallulah, La., for one year (1991-1992). Tallulah finished the season with a 13-15 record, but won the district championship and advanced to the state playoffs.

"To my former players, guys who played with me along the way... I thank you because without you I wouldn't have this opportunity. I'm grateful God crossed our paths and gave me the ability to lead you in the right direction," said Brent.

"I believe in staying up late and I believe in getting up early in the morning," Brent said, describing his work ethic and what he expects from his team.

Brent is a 1989 graduate of Northeast Louisiana University, where he played two seasons for the Indian basketball program. Following graduation, Brent served as a graduate assistant coach at Northeast Louisiana for two years (1989-90 and 1990-91).

Brent holds three degrees from Northeast Louisiana University, including a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism (1989), a Bachelor of Science in Health and Human Performance (1992) and a Master's of Education in Health and Human Performance (1992).

Brent graduated from Provine High School in 1985 and also played three years of basketball for the Rams from 1982-85. During his three playing years, Provine compiled a 66-28 record and won two city championships.

He is married to the former Dedra Martin and is the father of Kristian Nycole (daughter) and Cameron Wayne (son).

Source: Jackson State Athletics Media

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