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 The Office of Institutional Advancement, in collaboration with the Tougaloo College Athletic Booster Club, will host a Dinner and Roast to honor Lafayette Stribling Saturday, March 28, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame Museum. This Dinner and Roast, honoring a legend, will pay tribute to Coach Stribling with remarks from current and former coaches, players and leaders in the sports industry, all making for a night of entertainment, philanthropy and hilarious “roasting” of our honoree.   


Branded as one of Mississippi's most accomplished basketball coaches, Coach Stibling’s stellar career spans more than five decades, with historic winning records among high school and collegiate teams.  An unparalleled resume of twenty-nine combined years of basketball coaching at Mississippi Valley State University (MVSU) and Tougaloo College complete the accomplished career of Stribling as chronicled with his unprecedented history of his twenty-six years of stellar high school coaching. Having earned the moniker as “one of the best basketball minds in Mississippi,” Coach Stribling has distinguished himself for his stellar record winnings in Mississippi basketball history with inductions into the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) Hall of Fame in 2006 and the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame in 2018. 


The Lafayette Stribling legacy is a testament to his unparalleled accomplishments and tireless efforts as a renowned and highly-respected life-coach as well as the genius on the hardwood.  Tougaloo College President, Dr. Carmen J. Walters, says “It is only fitting to honor him as a distinguished part of the Tougaloo College family. Coach Stribling has sown seeds of greatness into countless athletes and students, who for the love of the game have found themselves as life-long learners to the tenets of basketball. His fundamental skills and practical wisdom have impacted lives from the hardwood to the real life issues of our students and professionals who continue to reap major dividends of his life lessons.”


Stribling was named Head Men's Basketball Coach at Tougaloo College in 2005 where he spent seven years coaching the Bulldogs leading them to their first regular season’s Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC) title in 2006. Under his leadership, the Bulldogs also won four GCAC regular-season titles, one conference-tournament title, and five NAIA national tournaments.  His portfolio includes the most coaching wins in school history at MVSU and four GCAC season titles and three conference Coach of the Year awards—all while at Tougaloo College. More than a coach, he is heralded by the Tougaloo College family as a staple of the Tougaloo family and a connector of communities. James Carter, a Tougaloo College alumnus and President of the Tougaloo College Athletic Booster Club relishes the contributions of Coach Stribling to the Tougaloo College Basketball Program.  


“Coach Stribling, himself is an institution. A fearless leader and disciplined strategist, he established benchmarks and record milestone accomplishments for our Tougaloo Basketball program,” said Carter.  “Our 2006 Gulf Coast Athletic Conference title was achieved after one year of his arrival to Tougaloo. His discipline, drive and expectations were instilled in our student-athletes on the day of his arrival to campus.  The Stribling energy was infectious and the five NAIA national tournaments were stellar for our program.”


The event will benefit athletics at Tougaloo College. Proceeds will support the refurbishing of the Tougaloo College basketball floor and naming in honor of Coach Stribling.  More importantly, proceeds will support athletic scholarships and programming at Tougaloo College. 


Tickets and reserved tables can be purchased from the Office of Institutional Advancement.  For a complete listing of sponsorship opportunities and other information, contact Evonna Lucas in the Office of Institutional Advancement at Tougaloo at 601.977.7871.