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Assistant Basketball Coach Phil Cunningham
During the five years he has worked under one of the top young coaches in the nation, MSU head coach Rick Stansbury, Phil Cunningham, has helped lead MSU to 5 consecutive winning seasons and 5 straight trips to the postseason, including 4 straight NCAA Tournament berths. In the 4 seasons prior to Cunningham's arrival in Starkville, the Bulldogs posted only one winning season and made one trip to postseason play, a 1999 NIT appearance. Why did you decide to go into coaching? "My dad was a coach. And he had two brothers that were both basketball coaches. Our grandfather was a high school basketball and football coach. Now, my brother is the head football coach of a NAIA school. My mom is a teacher, my aunts were all teachers and my grandmother was a teacher. It seemed like in my family all the men were coaches and all the women were teachers. So I think it was my destiny to be a coach. "I was actually majoring in business in college. But I think the thing that confirmed to me that I...
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