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.