Longtime JSU basketball coach, hall of famer Andy Stoglin one of a kind mentor

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Coach Andy Stoglin

JANS – Andy Stoglin, the all-time winningest coach at Jackson State University, succumbed May 6, 2024, in Memphis, TN, following a brief illness. He was 81. The lifelong coach produced three NBA players, two NBA draft picks, and countless pro athletes, including Lindsey Hunter, Ryan Lorthridge, and Dwayne Whitfield. 

Stoglin himself played for Hall of Fame coach Don “Bear’’ Haskins at Texas-El Paso, which was then Texas Western, from 1962-65, and is a member of the school’s Hall of Fame. 

He played only briefly with the Dallas Cowboys under Hall of Fame Coach Tom Landry because the Harlem Globetrotters would soon call. He spent three years with the world famous team. Also, in the late 1960s, he had stints with the Harlem Stars and Dallas Chaparrals. Thereafter, he began a coaching career that spanned over 50 years in college and semi pro leagues. He ended his college coaching career at JSU in 2003.

“He was the ambassador for basketball,” noted Morris Britton who brought Stoglin out of retirement to coach his ABA team, The Mississippi Stingers. “Andy Stoglin is an inspiration. He symbolized manhood. Coach’s ambition, dedication, and commitment to athletes and the community will impact us forever,” he said, adding, “Players were treated like family. He was a mentor, friend, advisor, and coach. Stoglin’s humility, compassion, courage, and kindness leaves a legacy for men to aspire.”

Stoglin’s success with the Stingers led to coaching jobs with the Arkansas RimRockers, and stints in the Persian Gulf region, where he led Qatar to the Qatar Cup championship; Mexico, where his UV Xalapa Hawks won a league record 25 straight, as well as in Santurce, Puerto Rico.

Stoglin’s collegiate career highlights, according to sports statistician and nephew, Travis Gordon, include: 197 wins at JSU, 6X SWAC Champ (reg. and post-season), 3X SWAC Coach of the Year, 229 SWAC wins, rank 4th all-time in conference history, at the helm for 3 of 4 JSU’s NCAA appearances, only SWAC coach to host Post-season NIT home game (‘93), defeated likes of LSU, Memphis, Tulane, UCONN and USM; NCAA longest win streak during ‘92-93 season (13); participated in following prestigious tournaments: Rainbow Classic (2X), Great Alaskan Shootout, and Post-season NIT Men’s Div. 1 NCAA Tourney (3X). “It’s time for the SWAC to induct him into the hall of fame,” says Gordon.

“I worked alongside Coach Stoglin for eight years at JSU and two incredible seasons with the Mississippi Stingers. He allowed me, no, trusted me, to be ‘den mother’ to his players. Those relationships are still intact today, and I’m thankful for them, and forever grateful to him,” commented Alice Thomas-Tisdale. “He’s the first coach I saw day in and day out give 110% instilling character/work ethics in his athletes, as well as teaching the complex fundamentals of the game. He was a master at both.”

Greg King, who played for Stoglin 1990-95, had an opportunity to express his gratitude to Stoglin in his final days. In part, he said, “Coach, you inspired, motivated, taught, and gave all a fair shot for opportunities. I talk about you all the time to my kids about how good of a person you are. Through the love and respect that I have for you, your spirit and goodness will live forever with me. Thanks Coach, I Love You!”

Stoglin was inducted into the JSU Sports Hall of Fame in 2019. His last years were spent quietly in Memphis, TN with family and friends, yet still keeping an eagle’s eye on the game he loved so passionately, which included advising former players who are now college coaches themselves. 

One in particular, Tougaloo College’s championship coach, Eric Strothers. “This is a hard pill to swallow. I lost my mentor. I lost a father. I lost my head coach. This man taught me about basketball and he taught me about the game of life. Coach Stoglin is the reason why l’m a basketball coach,” he said.

Funeral arrangements were not available at press time.

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Longtime JSU basketball coach, hall of famer Andy Stoglin one of a kind mentor

By Jackson Advocate News Service
May 13, 2024