A remarkable 14-year run as a head coach came to an end on Thursday, as
Mississippi State's Rick Stansbury announced his retirement after 22
years with the university.
His unprecedented tenure was filled with championships, the most wins in school history and an impressive list of All-American and All-SEC performers. His legacy, which began to form as an assistant at Mississippi State in 1991 under Richard Williams, also has him in the SEC record books as the ninth-winningest coach in league history.
"I have been very blessed to be a part of this university for the last 22 years, 14 as the head coach," an emotional Stansbury said at a packed Bryan Building where he announced his retirement. "I've just been blessed. But it's time for a new chapter in my life. It's time for me to be a better father. It's time for me to be a better husband. I know as coaches, and I understand that, that we are judged by wins and losses. But for me, it's the relationships."