Van Alstyne girls’ basketball coach Tim Bryant is returning to his Mississippi roots after seven years as head coach of the Lady Panthers.

Bryant, who came to Texas from Ocean Springs, Mississippi, will be teaching Mississippi History and coaching junior high girls basketball at Van Cleave, Mississippi.

“I’m hopefully leaving the program in better shape than when I got here in 2010,” Bryant told the Leader. “I think we are very competitive now and the kids expect to win.”

Bryant’s 2015 team won 25 games and his overall record at Van Alstyne was 122-97.

The Lady Panthers ended a long playoff drought in Bryant’s second year at the helm and they played a strong game against Argyle before losing.

During the 2016-17 season Bryant recorded his 500th win as a varsity coach.

The health of his dad, his and his wife’s desire to return to his home in Ocean Springs, just 15 miles away from Van Cleave, and the fact that his son lives and works in the area were all factors in reaching the decision.

“I reconnected with some former colleagues when we went back recently for a funeral and we, my wife and I, felt it was time to go back,” Bryant said.

Another coaching vacancy in Van Alstyne athletics.