Cord Wright is currently in his third season as the headman of Northeast Mississippi Community College’s tradition-rich men’s basketball program.
Wright more than tripled his win total from his inaugural year with the Tigers during the previous campaign. He took Northeast to the postseason for the initial time since the 2010-11 season as well.
The Tigers went 17-9 and captured regular season wins over eventual National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) National Tournament participants Columbia State (Tenn.) Community College and Holmes Community College.
Northeast also defeated reigning national champion and then-No. 16 Jones County Junior College in the opening round of the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) State Tournament for its first playoff win since 2008.
Dimario Jackson received NJCAA All-American honors under the tutelage of Wright. The University of North Alabama signee averaged 18.9 points and 3.8 assists per game for the Tigers.
Wright has helped six former Tigers achieve their dreams of playing at the four-year level since arriving on the Booneville campus. Among those Northeast standouts is Reggie Patterson, who is playing in the Southeastern Conference (SEC) at Mississippi State University.
He claimed his first victory with the Tigers in dramatic fashion on November 4, 2013. Sophomore Marcus Hogan, who signed with Voorhees (S.C.) College after an excellent year, connected on a half court desperation attempt that bounced off the backboard and through the hoop to give Northeast a 79-78 win at Gadsden State (Ala.) Community College.
His inaugural triumph inside the MACJC North Division was just as thrilling. Keldrick Lesley’s free throw sent the game into overtime and Jackson drained the second of two attempts from the charity stripe with under a minute left to seal a 90-89 decision over Mississippi Delta Community College on January 27, 2014.
Cameron Shorty, Dexter Stafford and Jackson were each chosen to participate in the annual MACJC All-Star Game on the campus of East Central Community College after completing excellent seasons with Wright as their leader.
Wright came to Northeast from the University of Louisiana at Monroe, where he served as an assistant coach on Keith Richards' staff for three years. However, Wright knew the community college environment and the Hill Country region very well.
Before joining the Louisiana-Monroe staff, Wright served as an assistant at the North Alabama under headman Bobby Champagne. While with the Lions, Wright helped them earn a pair of berths to the NCAA Division II Tournament.
In 2006, Wright and the Lions earned a bid into the NCAA's South Regional. It was the first appearance by North Alabama in the NCAA Tournament since 1996.
Wright helped guide the Lions back to the NCAA Tournament one year later when they advanced to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight after posting a solid 27-9 record.
Under Wright's tutelage, a quartet of North Alabama players were elected to the All-Gulf South Conference (GSC) first-team including Kenny Johnson, who earned the league's Player of the Year award in 2009.
In addition to four first-team honorees, five Lions were named to the All-Gulf South second-team and three earned Academic All-Gulf South recognition under Wright's leadership.
Before becoming a full-time member of the Lions’ staff in 2006, Wright spent a pair of seasons as a graduate assistant (2003-05) for Champagne while earning a Master's degree in health promotions and human performance.
Wright coached at Spartanburg Methodist (S.C.) College for one season before going to North Alabama. He got his coaching career started as a student assistant coach at his alma mater of Limestone (S.C.) College.
The Lafayette, La., native was selected as an All-Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference (now Conference Carolinas) selection and an all-conference academic honoree during his two years with the Saints.
In addition to his All-CVAC selections for his work on the hardwood and in the classroom, Wright paced Limestone in scoring and rebounding while earning a Bachelor's degree in physical education with a minor in biology.
Wright got his collegiate playing career started at Danville Area (Ill.) Community College where he starred for the Jaguars from 1997-99. He was a threat beyond the arc for the Jaguars and ranked as the second-best three-point shooter in the country as a sophomore.
When not busy coaching, Wright works a variety of basketball camps throughout the country at locations in the states of Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana and Oklahoma. Wright is also a founder of the "Yours in Hoops" basketball camp.
Wright, who graduated from Saint Thomas More (La.) Catholic High School, is a dedicated family man. He and his wife Kelly have two sons, Cooper and Cannon.