Ben Howland Head Coach
In three different stops as a head coach, Ben Howland has established himself as a proven winner en route to leading his teams to the NCAA Tournament. Entering this third year in Starkville, he’s on track to return Mississippi State back to the postseason.
On March 23, 2015, the highly-respected Howland was introduced as the 20th head basketball coach in school history.
Now in his 22nd season roaming the sidelines, Howland, 59, owns an overall coaching record of 431-239 with stints at Northern Arizona (1995-99), Pittsburgh (2000-03) and UCLA (2004-13).
In his first season in Starkville, he guided the Bulldogs to an 14-17 record and produced the fourth-best recruiting class in the country.
George Brooks Assistant Coach
Following a successful 12-year stint at the junior college ranks where he guided his team to numerous titles, George Brooks begins his seventh year at Mississippi State after being rehired by first-year coach Ben Howland on March 27, 2015.
Brooks, 44, needed little introduction to the MSU family upon his arrival, as he played for the Bulldogs from 1992-94 before earning his degree in 1997.
He was also a student-assistant under Richard Williams in 1996 when MSU advanced to the Final Four.
Brooks’ main responsibilities at MSU are working with forwards, assisting with scouting reports and all aspects of recruiting.
Korey McCray Assistant Coach
Entering his third year as an assistant at Mississippi State, Korey McCray was one of Ben Howland’s first hires.
But the two are certainly no strangers.
Prior to spending the 2013-14 campaign at LSU, McCray spent two seasons under Howland as an assistant at UCLA.
Since his arrival to Starkville, McCray has established himself as a top-notch recruiter, landing current players Lamar Peters, Aric Holman and Eli Wright.
Ernie Zeigler Assistant Coach
When Ben Howland began to assemble his staff at Mississippi State, he searched for familiarity and someone he knew he could trust.
As it turned out, the search was short with the hiring of Ernie Zeigler, who was an assistant with Howland at both Pittsburgh and UCLA, where both teams garnered NCAA Tournament bids.
Zeigler enters his third season at MSU after spending two seasons as an assistant on Ray McCallum’s staff at Detroit Mercy.
He’s been instrumental in the development of MSU’s forwards and was the driving force with the recruitment of Schnider Herard and Abdul Ado, both Top 100 players listed by ESPN.com
Michael Moynihan Director of Operations
After spending his first year as the video coordinator under Ben Howland, Mike Moynihan is now in his second season as Mississippi State's director of operations.
Moynihan came to MSU after spending one year at George Mason as the director of operations under head coach Paul Hewitt. Quickly establishing himself as he has moved up the ranks, the Roswell, Ga., native was recently named one of 25 people to the Top Staffers list in Division I college basketball by CoachStat.net.
His day-to-day duties include devising practice schedules, assisting with scouting reports and film, overseeing managers and graduate assistants, handling all travel arrangements and scheduling of games.
Prior to his stint at George Mason, Moynihan spent one year as the video coordinator at Troy, where he worked with former MSU assistant Phil Cunningham. One of his duties was assisting with academics, and during his time at Troy, all nine senior players received their degrees. As a team, Troy posted a cumulative 3.45 GPA.