MGCCC adds Cooper to men’s basketball staff

MGCCC adds Cooper to men’s basketball staff

PERKINSTON — Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College has hired Kyle Cooper to be its new assistant men's basketball coach under head coach Wendell Weathers.


"I'm excited to be joining the Gulf Coast family," he said. "I would like to thank Coach Weathers and Athletic Director Steven Campbell for this great opportunity. Gulf Coast has a rich tradition of competing for championships on a yearly basis and I'm eager to be a part of it."


Cooper arrives off an impressive one-year stint as head coach at Little Priest Tribal College in Nebraska. The Warriors won 14 games in 2017-18 after the program had managed only three wins in its first three seasons.


A turnaround of that magnitude requires all the attributes a head coach is looking for in an assistant. And Cooper's year as a head coach provided him with knowledge about exactly what's needed from an assistant.


"We think he brings relentless recruitment," Weathers said. "He's got seven years on the college level, including one year as head coach, under his belt. He's got lots of contacts in the Midwest and on the East Coast. We expect him to bring experience coaching and recruiting along with just a ton of hard work."


Cooper's players won the school's first three conference player of the week awards and had a national player of the week after upsetting the undefeated No. 1 team in the country, which was the defending national champion in NJCAA Division II. Seven of his 12 players earned Academic All-Region honors, and one was recruited to go to a mid-major NCAA Division I school.


Cooper was associate head men's basketball coach from 2011-2017 at North Iowa Area Community College, where the Trojans had five straight winning seasons for the first time in 25 years. He recruited and coached the school's first-ever two-time All-American, 17 all-region players and 15 that went on to play NCAA Division I or II. Six of his players eventually played professionally overseas.


Cooper also played at NIACC, where he was a first-team All-Region player. He ranked second in school history with seven 3-pointers in a game and fourth with 81 3-pointers in a season.


After getting his associate's degree at North Iowa, he graduated from Waldorf University with a bachelor's in organizational leadership and a master's in the same field with an emphasis in sports management.


Cooper is married to his wife Nicole.


For more information on MGCCC's 10 intercollegiate athletic teams, follow @MGCCCBulldogs on Twitter and MGCCCBulldogs on Facebook, and go to


Oney signs with MC
May 6, 2019 Oney signs with MC
Ford signs with UTSA
April 17, 2019 Ford signs with UTSA
Bulldogs let Tigers slide past
February 26, 2019 Bulldogs let Tigers slide past
MGCCC men head to Utica
February 21, 2019 MGCCC men head to Utica
Gulf Coast beats Hinds
February 21, 2019 Gulf Coast beats Hinds
Gulf Coast takes on Jones
February 17, 2019 Gulf Coast takes on Jones
MGCCC pitches OT shutout
February 11, 2019 MGCCC pitches OT shutout
Bulldogs win third straight
February 4, 2019 Bulldogs win third straight
Bulldogs entertain Wolves
February 3, 2019 Bulldogs entertain Wolves
Bulldogs ease past Warriors
January 31, 2019 Bulldogs ease past Warriors
Bulldogs return home in 1st
January 16, 2019 Bulldogs return home in 1st
Bulldogs cruise past Delgado
December 5, 2018 Bulldogs cruise past Delgado
MGCCC heads to Delgado
November 28, 2018 MGCCC heads to Delgado
Bulldogs beat Carey JV
November 27, 2018 Bulldogs beat Carey JV
Bulldogs fall to Shreveport
November 20, 2018 Bulldogs fall to Shreveport
Bulldogs head to Mobile
November 4, 2018 Bulldogs head to Mobile