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BREAKING NEWS: Mississippi State University women's basketball coach Sharon Fanning-Otis to retire at the end of the season

 

Mississippi State University women’s basketball coach Sharon Fanning-Otis to retire at the end of the season.

Mississippi State University women’s basketball coach Sharon Fanning-Otis to retire at the end of the season. Photo by: Courtesy of MSU athletics

 

Matt Stevens

 

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University women's basketball coach Sharon Fanning-Otis will be ending her 36-year run as a coach in the sport and 17-year tenure in Starkville by retiring at the end of the 2011-12 season. Following the current campaign, she will move into an athletic development position in the Bulldog Club. 

 

Fanning-Otis has produced a 608-457 record during her 36 years as a collegiate head coach. She served as head women's basketball coach at UT-Chattanooga, Kentucky and Mississippi State. She is the all-time winningest women's basketball coach in Mississippi State history with 281 victories, becoming just the 14th Division I head women's basketball coach to amass 600 career wins earlier this season. 

 

"I want to thank Mississippi State for the opportunity and experience it gave me to be the women's head basketball coach and for the past 17 years," Fanning-Otis said in a university release. "I look forward to working in the Bulldog Club in a fund-raising capacity for all our sports. I especially want to thank all of the coaches, players, staff and fans for the tremendous experience. I am blessed to have been a part of the growth of women's basketball over the past 37 years." 

 

Fanning-Otis was named the SEC Coach of the Year in 2000 after leading her team to the championship game of the SEC Tournament. 

 

"I want to thank Sharon for her devotion to our women's basketball program for nearly two decades and for the accomplishments she has guided our program to during that time," MSU Director of Athletics Scott Stricklin said in a university release. "She has a great heart for people, and her work ethic and dedication to Mississippi State has taken our women's basketball program to successes never attained prior to her arrival. The timing of Sharon's announcement gives us the opportunity to begin looking for our next women's basketball coach. As always, we'll identify a hard-working, intelligent coach who can move this program forward." 

 

 

 

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