July 20, 2009


Cooper Promoted to Head Coach at Grambling State


Grambling State assistant coach James Cooper (left) was promoted to head coach by GSU Athletics Director Lin Dawson.


Cooper, 27, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing in 2004 from Grambling and a Master’s degree in sports administrations in 2008 while a graduate assistant with the Tigers.


A native of Cullen, La., Cooper was first team all-SWAC his senior season after being named second team all-conference twice. Cooper spent a short time in the Houston Astros organization before playing one year with the Sussex Skyhawks of the independent Can-Am League.


Cooper replaces Barrett Rey, who resigned to become head coach at Alcorn State. The Tigers were 17-37 this past season and fell in the semifinals of the SWAC Tournament.


Click here for list of 2009 Division I head coaching changes. 


(photo courtesy of GSU Media Relations Office)