1998 Regular Session
By: Senator(s) Dearing, Kirby, Smith, White (29th)
Senate Resolution 51
(As Adopted by Senate)
A RESOLUTION COMMENDING AND CONGRATULATING DELTA STATE BASKETBALL COACH STEVE RIVES FOR BECOMING THE STATESMEN'S ALL-TIME WINNINGEST COACH, AND UPON BEING NAMED GSC WEST DIVISION COACH OF THE YEAR.
WHEREAS, Delta State "Statesmen" Boys Basketball Coach Steve Rives became the Statesmen's all-time winningest coach with win No. 217 on the road versus Arkansas-Monticello; and
WHEREAS, Rives finished the season with 223 victories to just 119 defeats; and
WHEREAS, the 1997-98 Delta State Statesmen Basketball Team completed a fantastic 27-4 season making a run to their second appearance in the NCAA Division II Elite Eight, before falling to Kentucky-Wesleyan in the quarterfinal round; and
WHEREAS, Coach Rives was named the Gulf South Conference West Division Coach of the Year by the leagues' coaches, he also earned South Region Coach of the Year laurels from the National Association Basketball Coaches; and
WHEREAS, this years' honor is Coach Rives' third GSC Coach of the Year laurel and his second consecutive South Region honor; and
WHEREAS, it is with great pride that we recognize this coach who has instilled such a winning attitude in his team and has brought such honor to his university and state:
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SENATE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI, That we do hereby commend and congratulate Delta State "Statesmen" Boys Basketball Coach Steve Rives upon becoming the Statesmen's all-time winningest coach and upon being named GSC West Division Coach of the Year, and wish him continued success.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That this Resolution be presented to Coach Rives and the President of Delta State University, and be made available to the Capitol Press Corps.