Dillon Elder and Joe Rogers join men’s hoops team

by Joseph Bailey, Student Assistant/Communications

STARKVILLE- Mississippi State Men’s Basketball Program Hired Elder Dillon and Joe Rogers to the staff announced Thursday by the head coach Chris Jan.

Elder joins the program as director of state scouting and analysis, while Rogers takes over as MSU’s operations coordinator.

Elder and Rogers bring SEC experience to their roles in Starkville. Previously, they had both served as student managers and graduate assistants at Texas A&M and Georgia, respectively.

“Coach Dillon “Tex” Elder has earned the praise of successful people in our industry,” Jans said. “He already has a multiple skill set that will help our program move forward. Coach Joe Rogers has already proven to be a valuable asset to our program. He is a tireless worker and problem solver which are key ingredients to his role.”

Elder joins the Bulldogs staff after a year as Tarleton State’s chief operating officer in 2021-22. There, he oversaw programming, on-campus recruiting, and team travel, while directing the program’s video and film operations.

Prior to his tenure at Stephenville, Elder worked with the NBA’s Minnesota Timberwolves as a remote video intern in 2020-21. He spent his undergraduate time as a student manager at Texas A&M from 2015-2018 and was promoted to chief manager in 2017-18.

Next, Elder transitioned into a graduate assistant role with the Aggies from 2018 to 2020. He studied game film professionally and college. While at College Station, the Aggies won a share of the SEC Regular Season Championship in 2015-16 and made two trips to the NCAA Sweet 16.

Elder graduated from Texas A&M with a Master of Science in Marketing as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Leadership with minors in Sports Management and Business.

Rogers enters the state program after spending the last two years under Tom Crean in Georgia. He started as a management student in 2017-2019 before becoming a graduate assistant from 2020-22.

At UGA, Rogers also familiarized himself with the scouting and analysis process. He worked with team coaches to break down the film for prospect and opponent. Along with his job as a scout, Rogers was responsible for coordinating video libraries of material that players and coaches could view, allowing the rest of the program to track both practices and practice footage.

Rogers graduated from Georgia with a Bachelor of Science in Sports Management and is pursuing his Master of Science in Consumer Economics.

Fans can purchase season tickets through the Mississippi State Sports Box Office starting at $155 at www.HailState.com/tickets or by calling (662) 325-2600 for the program’s highly anticipated first season under Chris Jan.

Mississippi State’s 2022-23 non-conference schedule also includes an SEC/Big 12 Challenge game with TCU, a consensus top-25 preseason pick, on Saturday, Jan. 28 at Humphrey Coliseum. The Bulldogs also have a scheduled return trip to Minnesota on Sunday, December 11. State is joined by Georgia Tech, Marquette and Utah at Fort Myers Tipoff 2022 Nov. 21-23.

The Maroon and White have also learned of their 2022-23 SEC opponents. The state will host 2022 NCAA playoff participants Alabama, Florida, Kentucky, LSU, Tennessee and Texas A&M in addition to Missouri, Ole Miss and South Carolina at Humphrey Coliseum.

Visit www.HailState.com for the latest news and information on the men’s basketball program. Fans can also follow the program on its social media by searching for “HailStateMBK” on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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