ITTA BENA, Miss. – Mississippi Valley State University officially announced Andre Payne as its new head basketball coach during a press conference Friday, July 11 at the Science and Technology Center on the MVSU campus.
Payne arrives at MVSU after an eight-year stint as head coach and associate athletics director at Wiley College in Texas where he led the Wildcats to two Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) Tournament titles (2007 and 2014). In 2007 during his first season at the helm, Wiley College qualified for the NAIA Tournament for the first time in 37 years. The Wildcats made another appearance in the NAIA Tournament in 2014.
Payne had an overall record of 146-104 at Wiley College, including a 25-7 (13-5 RRAC) record last season. He led the Wildcats to at least 19 wins four times including a 21-10 mark in 2006-07 and 22-10 record in 2007-08.
Overall, Payne boasts a career record of 239-183, ranking him 24th in career wins amongst active NAIA coaches.
Prior to his time at Wiley, he worked as the head coach at Texas College where in 2001 he became the youngest head coach at a four-year institution. Payne previously served two years as an assistant coach for the Steers. While at Texas College, he led the school to seven RRAC Tournament appearances.
Payne attended Alabama A&M where he earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering technology. He later earned a master's degree from New Mexico Highlands University in Human Performance and Sports. Payne is married and he and his wife have two sons.