Tennessee State tabs John Cooper for men’s basketball post

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Tennessee State University has named John A. Cooper as head coach for Tigers men’s basketball program.

Tennessee State University has named John A. Cooper as head coach for Tigers men’s basketball program.

Cooper comes to Tennessee State from Auburn University where he served as Associate Head Men’s Basketball coach with Jeff Lebo. Cooper has over fifteen years of basketball coaching experience having coached at Oregon, South Carolina and Fayetteville State. This will be Cooper’s first post as a head coach.

Cooper is a native of Kansas City, Missouri and played collegiately at Wichita State, under Eddie Folger, where he led the Shockers in scoring and rebounding during both his junior and senior seasons. He was a team captain his final two seasons and a Rhodes Scholar candidate in his senior year.

“We had an outstanding group of candidates from which to choose. We were looking for the right fit, a combination of integrity, energy, respectability, community involvement and commitment to player and team development,” said Tennessee State University President Melvin N. Johnson. “John Cooper was very impressive in the final interview process. He was ultra-prepared, knew where TSU basketball was, understood where we wanted to go and had a plan to get us there,” added Johnson.

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