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Reigning SWAC Coach of the Year signs renewal with Braves

Published 12:47 p.m. Thursday 27 October 2022

In collaboration with President Felecia M. Nave and Athletic Director Raynoid DedeauxAlcorn State University Men’s Basketball Head Coach Landon Buses has penned a contract extension that will see the Baltimore native stay in Lorman, Mississippi, beyond his current contract.

With the 2022-23 sports season fast approaching, Alcorn State has been keen to retain one of its most successful all-sports coaches from the 2021-22 season for the Braves. The new contract extends the incumbent Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) Coach of the Year through 2026.

“I am humbled and honored to have the continued support of our university president as well as our athletic director,” said Bussie. “They believe in me and in my vision and the goals I must help take the men’s basketball program into the future here at Alcorn State University. I am infinitely grateful for that.

“It shows the commitment they have shown to me and to the men’s basketball program. Hopefully we can continue to be successful in leading the program and making our administration, student athletes and alumni proud of the work we do here every day. I’m excited to see where we’re going and happy to be a Brave.”

During the 2021-22 Braves Men’s Basketball season, Alcorn State won its first regular season title in 20 years and officially lifted the trophy at the Davey L. Whitney Complex after defeating Arkansas-Pine Bluff to close out the home season for Purple and Gold .

“It’s important to hold on to talented coaches, especially when they’re of the caliber Landon Buses“, commented Raynoid Dedeaux. “Coach Bussie upholds all the values ​​that are dear to Alcorn State University as an institution and he has proven to be a great leader in shaping our young student-athletes into better men on and off the court. For us, this was important to show our appreciation for not just his recent success, but the success that we are sure will continue under his leadership.”

The Braves finished last season with a record of 17-17 (14-4 SWAC) and advanced into the postseason with an automatic berth in the National Invitational Tournament (NIT). Along the way, Alcorn State accumulated wins in 10 of 11 games that advanced to the SWAC Tournament Finals. The Braves traveled to Texas A&M for the opening round of the NIT, eventually falling to the Aggies. Additionally, the 17 wins accumulated in the campaign was the most for the program since the 2016-17 season, in which the Braves won 18 games under former coach Montez Robinson. Meanwhile, the 14 conference wins represented the most league wins for Alcorn State since the 2001-02 season, when the Braves, under legendary head coach Davey L. Whitney, amassed 16 SWAC wins and clinched the league regular-season title in the same year.

Bussie first joined Alcorn State in April 2020, where he spent the last six seasons as an assistant on the men’s basketball program at fellow SWAC Prairie View A&M. At Prairie View A&M, he was part of a Panthers roster that respectfully won back-to-back regular-season SWAC championships in 2018-19 and 2019-20. Prairie View A&M won the 2018-19 SWAC Tournament Championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament. The Panthers were the top overall seed again in 2019-20, reaching the semifinals before the season was abandoned due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Prior to Prairie View, Texas, Bussie spent four seasons at Xavier (La.) University. While in New Orleans, Xavier won three consecutive Gulf Coast Athletic Conference regular season titles (2012-14) and made four straight NAIA tournament appearances (2011-14).

Landon Buses is a graduate of Xavier (La.) in 2010, earning a bachelor’s degree in psychology before earning his master’s degree in educational leadership in 2014. After his transfer, he was also a two-year standout student athlete for the Gold Rush from Livingstone College in North Carolina, where he spent his first two seasons.

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