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Most Recent Story: John Cooper Named Miami University's Head Basketball Coach
OXFORD, Ohio - JOHN COOPER (Wichita State `91), head coach at Tennessee State University for the past three seasons, has been named to direct Miami University’s men’s basketball team, Director of Athletics BRAD BATES announced Friday (Apr. 6).
Cooper will be introduced to Miami fans and media at Miami University’s Voice of America Learning Center in West Chester on Monday, April 9 at 3 p.m.
According to Bates, Cooper’s experience as a head coach and as an assistant coach at Auburn, Oregon, South Carolina and Fayetteville State was a major determinant to his hiring at Miami, but his emphasis on academics also played a role in his selection.
“John Cooper symbolizes the extraordinary future of Miami Basketball that we all envision,” Bates said. “He excelled as a student-athlete, as team captain, leading scorer and rebounder, and a Rhodes Scholar candidate. John has been mentored by some extraordinary leaders in the sport and has coached in the Southeastern Conference and the PAC 12 Conference. He has annually increased three critical variables during his time in Nashville: competitiveness, Academic Performance Rating and attendance. Most importantly, John genuinely cares about his players as high school prospects, students and alums. We are excited to... [Read the entire story]
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