Meridian Star

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July 3, 2013

EMCC adds 2 coaches to men’s hoops

    SCOOBA – East Mississippi Community College men’s basketball coach Mark White has hired Utah native Shelby Lindley and former Mississippi State University hoops staffer Drew Bernd to the Lions’ coaching staff.  The hirings have been approved by EMCC President Dr. Rick Young and EMCC Vice President/Director of Athletics Mickey Stokes.

    “Most importantly, Shelby and Drew are good people with quality character,” said White, who has guided the EMCC Lions to four consecutive NJCAA Tournament appearances and four straight NJCAA Region 23 Tournament championships.  “They will be tremendous assets to our program here at EMCC because they work very hard and are both extremely hungry to be successful college basketball coaches.”

    Lindley, a native of Wellsville, Utah, arrives on the Scooba campus after serving as the interim head men’s basketball coach last season at Central Wyoming College.  As one of the youngest men’s basketball head coaches in the collegiate ranks at just 24 years of age a season ago, Lindley took over CWC’s hoops program prior to the season and proceeded to guide the 2012-13 Rustlers to a 23-7 record.

    Prior to his one-year stint at Central Wyoming, Lindley spent the 2011-12 campaign as a graduate assistant coach/director of basketball operations on the men’s basketball staff at Idaho State University.  He also previously gained NJCAA coaching experience assisting at the College of Southern Idaho.

    “I’m very excited about having Shelby contribute fresh ideas to our program,” White said.  “He should prove to be an excellent on-the-court coach for us with an energetic personality that will definitely benefit our program on the recruiting trail.”

    A dual-sport athlete during his high school career and early collegiate days, Lindley began to explore his basketball coaching opportunities during his undergraduate years at Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, Idaho.  After playing baseball at NNU during the 2009 and 2010 seasons, Lindley stayed on at his alma mater to serve as a volunteer assistant on the Crusaders’ basketball staff during the 2010-11 season.

    Before making the transition to basketball coaching, Lindley completed his baseball career as a two-year letterman for NCAA Division II member Northwest Nazarene.  He achieved most of his collegiate hardball success at the junior college level at Dawson Community College in Glendive, Mont.  As a sophomore for the Buccaneers, Lindley was a 2008 All-Mon-Dak Athletic Conference pitcher/utility player after going 6-2 on the mound and hitting .327 as an infielder.

    Having earned his bachelor’s degree in recreation and sports management from Northern Nazarene, Lindley replaces former Mississippi State backcourt performer Billy Begley, who joined former MSU assistant coach Phil Cunningham’s coaching staff at Troy University after serving as White’s assistant at EMCC for the past three seasons.

    Originally hailing from Waupaca, Wis., Bernd joins White’s EMCC coaching staff after working a nine-month internship as an assistant basketball coach at the prestigious Canarias Basketball Academy, located in the Canary Islands just off the northwest coast of mainland Africa.

    Bernd’s stint of international experience was preceded by a six-year association within the Southeastern Conference ranks at Mississippi State.  Following two seasons serving as an undergraduate team manager for former MSU men’s basketball coach Rick Stansbury, Bernd took over head manager responsibilities for the final two years of his undergraduate career.  After earning his bachelor’s degree in teaching and coaching in 2010, he stayed on board the Bulldogs’ staff as a graduate assistant for two more years.  While earning his master’s degree in sports studies, Bernd became the basketball program’s video coordinator in addition to working with team scouting reports and assisting with individual player workouts.

    “Drew is a highly motivated individual who also has a promising future in college coaching,” White added.  “He’s very driven with a great work ethic that will allow him to contribute in all coaching facets of our basketball program here at EMCC.”   

    During his Mississippi State stint, Bernd was affiliated with three SEC Western Division championship teams, an SEC Tournament title club and five postseason tournament squads.  He was also instrumental in the supervision and coordination of MSU’s summer basketball camps, along with gaining valuable experience working with the Starkville Parks and Recreation youth basketball league for two seasons.

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