Jackson State head coach Wayne Brent retiring at the end of the season

After nine years as Jackson State head coach and more than three decades in college basketball, Wayne Brent is retiring at the end of the season. Brent led the Tigers to a share of the SWAC title last year, the first for the program in more than ten years.

“A wise man once told me that you will know when it’s time to move on. Your body, your mind, and your spirit will let you know,” Brent said in a release. “I have enjoyed Jackson State University and this community all my life, and I have given everything I have to this school, this job, and the people I work with every single day. I thank God for the opportunity he gave me to be the head coach of such a great place.”

Brent will continue to lead the program for the rest of the season, with one more game on the schedule before the SWAC Tournament. In his time at Jackson State, Brent is currently 118-155 overall.

“The name ‘Wayne Brent’ is synonymous with basketball success in the city of Jackson,” said AD Ashley Robinson. “His impact on JSU basketball and the young men he has coached and mentored will be felt for decades. Coach Brent has elevated our men’s basketball program back into prominence in the Southwestern Athletic Conference. We are eternally grateful for all he has done for Jackson State University, but also are looking forward to what we hope to be an exciting finish to his career.”

According to Stadium’s Jeff Goodman, the leading candidate to replace Brent is Jackson-native and long-time NBA player Mo Williams, who is currently the head coach at SWAC foe Alabama State.


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