Bizot resigns at UT-Tyler Men's Basketball Coach

Released by UT-Tyler Athletics

TYLER -- After six seasons as the head men's basketball coach at The University of Texas at Tyler, Kenny Bizot has resigned to take the same position with Copiah-Lincoln Community College in Mississippi.

Bizot, who had a combined record of 79-76, just finished his best season with the Patriots, going 18-8 in 2012-13.  He was named American Southwest Conference East Division Coach of the Year and he also earned the honor for the 2007-08 season – his first with the Patriots.

Bizot's teams advanced to the ASC Championship tournament five out of the six seasons he led the Patriots.

"I absolutely love UT Tyler and everyone here, but the opportunity to return to Mississippi where I spent the majority of my adult life and where my family is from was too good to pass up," Bizot said. "The hardest part of this decision was leaving the players. Last season's team was one of the best groups I have ever coached and I am going to really miss the opportunity to see them improve and do even better things next season."

Copiah-Lincoln is located in Wesson, Miss., approximately 45 minutes south of Jackson, Miss., and 140 miles north of New Orleans, La. – Bizot's hometown. With an enrollment of approximately 4,000, Copiah-Lincoln competes in Region 23 of the National Junior College Athletic Association.  The Wolfpack finished 4-19 this season.

"Kenny's departure is a certainly a big loss for UT Tyler.  He was a great basketball coach who always displayed exemplary character, both on and off the court.  He was a tremendous role model for the outstanding young men who played basketball for UT Tyler over the past six seasons," said Dr. Howard Patterson, UT Tyler vice president for administration and government relations. "I know this was a very difficult decision for Coach Bizot and his wife Jeni to make, but the entire UT Tyler community wishes them the best of luck."

UT Tyler will begin the search to replace Bizot immediately.  Kevin Baker, UT Tyler's head women's basketball coach, will chair the search committee.