Mississippi Valley State is looking for a new men’s basketball coach.

The school announced Monday that it has fired Andre Payne after five seasons. He was hired by the Delta Devils in 2014 and had a 31-132 record, including a 26-64 mark in the Southwestern Athletic Conference.

MVSU was 6-26 this year, including 4-14 in the SWAC.

Athletic director Dianthia Ford-Kee released a statement saying the school “would like to thank coach Andre Payne for his service to the university and wish him the best in his future endeavors. The search for a head coach will begin immediately.”

Payne could not be reached for comment on Tuesday. He won eight games during his second season in Itta Bena, the most Payne had in his five-year tenure as head coach.  

The basketball program has been on a steady decline in recent years. Unfortunately, it’s a sign of the times in the three major men’s sports at MVSU.

The football program hasn’t had a winning season since 2006 and has been through several coaches since then.

The baseball program under Aaron Stevens is off to a 4-6 start. The team has failed to win more than seven games in each of the last four seasons.

nContact Bill Burrus at 581-7237 or bburrus@gwcommonwealth.com.

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