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ap­pre­cia­tive for that, but said there are oth­ers that can eas­ily share in that ac­com­plish­ment.

“It's a re­sult of hav­ing great play­ers and a great coach­ing staff,” Schaefer said. “I'm re­ally blessed at Mississippi State to have both. It also takes the sup­port of the ad­min­is­tra­tion to do things the right way. That has al­lowed us to be com­pet­i­tive and be suc­cess­ful. I've been blessed to have all of that and it takes all of that.”

This is the sec­ond time Schaefer was cho­sen coach of the year since he joined the Bull­dogs in 2012. He was also given that honor dur­ing the 2014-15 sea­son.

MSU ath­letic di­rec­tor John Co­hen said Schaefer is very de­serv­ing of the honor and it was a slam dunk de­ci­sion.

“It's an ab­so­lute no-brainer,” Co­hen said. “It's one of the best coach­ing jobs I've seen in my en­tire ca­reer in in­ter­col­le­giate ath­let­ics. He has done an in­cred­i­ble job and his vi­sion here is now car­ried by hun­dreds of thou­sands of Mississippi State peo­ple ev­ery­where.”

The lat­est award was sent Schaefer's way af­ter the Bull­dogs cap­tured the SEC reg­u­lar sea­son cham­pi­onship and go­ing into this week's SEC Tour­na­ment, they own records of 30-0 over­all and 16-0 in the league. It is the first un­de­feated reg­u­lar sea­son by a con­fer­ence squad in 20 years when Ten­nes­see did it in 1997-98.

“It's in­cred­i­bly hard to do,” Schaefer said of go­ing un­de­feated in the reg­u­lar sea­son.“

It was a ban­ner day for the Bull­dogs as four play­ers were cho­sen for All-SEC awards.

Along with Schaefer's recog­ni­tion, Teaira McCowan and Victoria Vi­vians re­ceived first team All-SEC by both AP and league coaches, while the con­fer­ence coaches picked McCowan as SEC Co-De­fen­sive Player of the Year and placed her on the All-De­fen­sive Team, Mor­gan William on sec­ond team All-SEC, and Blair Schaefer as Co-Scholar Ath­lete of the Year and to the All-De­fen­sive Team.

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