Daily News – 11/1/21

Former UMass assistant Tony Bergeron has been named as the head coach of the national boys team at First Love Christian Academy in Pittsburgh. Bergeron had his contract bought out at UMass this past spring after spending two seasons on Matt McCall’s staff. The former head coach at Woodstock Academy (CT), had seven of his former players on the UMass roster last season. First Love tweeted a welcome to Bergeron HERE.

Mississippi Valley State has added Zachary Barnes and Ernest Pearsall as assistant coaches. No press release to date, just announcements on Instagram. Barnes was most recently an assistant at Southwest Mississippi CC, Pearsall had served as an assistant women’s coach at Daytona State, and had worked in the PBL.

Jackson College named Chris Johnston as their new head men’s basketball coach. He had previously served as a women’s assistant at the college. No release from JC, but Johnston did appear on a local radio station talking about his new gig.

Great article from Sport Coach America on Montana State head coach Danny Sprinkle’s path to becoming a D1 head coach. A good read for young coaches trying to advance in the business. The full story is HERE.

A couple D2’s beat D1’s in exhibition games this weekend…

Ashland knocked off Valpo 87-78. AU had a 20 point lead with 6:45 left in the game.

Point Loma thumped Pepperdine 77-50. PLU got off to a 14-0 start to the game.

Former Mississippi Valley State and Tougaloo coach Lafayette Stribling died this weekend at the age of 87. His last coaching job was at Tougaloo College, where he lead the bulldogs to three NAIA championships. Stribling made national news when his Mississippi Valley State University Delta Devils almost upset top ranked Duke in the 1980′s. More HERE.

Former Seattle Sonics star Gary Payton returned to Seattle this weekend as the first-year head coach at Lincoln U (CA). His team lost to Seattle Pacific in an exhibition game. The Seattle Times did a good piece on the legends return to the Emerald City HERE.

Funny stuff here as Arkansas head coach Eric Musselman gets in the Halloween spirit and scares people at the Razorback’s basketball facility. Give it a watch HERE.

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