Southern announces coaching changes

Joplin, Mo. -- The Missouri Southern athletic department has announced changes within the coaching staffs of both women's basketball and football. 

Jim Graffam, a former men's head coach has been added as a volunteer assistant coach on Maryann Mitts' women's basketball staff, while Chass Williams, a volunteer assistant on Daryl Daye's staff, has left to take a full-time position at Fort Scott Community College.

"We were very much looking forward to having Chass back as a volunteer assistant this upcoming year, but we are obviously thrilled that he’s gotten the position at Fort Scott," Daye said. "He’s a good worker and deserves this shot.  He’ll do a great job for the Greyhounds." 

Graffam spent more than 30 years coaching college basketball in Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire and he also coached a season in the United States Basketball League. From 2008-2012, he headed the post-graduate program at Lee Academy in Maine. There he prepped players who were being recruited by the ACC, the Big 12, the Big East and the Pac 12 to name a few. During his career, Graffam amassed four conference championships, four national tournament appearances, and coached three All-Americans, as well as a National Player of the Week.  

"Jim Graffam’s legacy speaks for itself," Mitts said. "Joining our staff is a three-time Hall of Fame coach who has earned multiple coach of the year honors and celebrated many championships throughout his career in men’s basketball. More impressive is his passion and energy for the game and his  reputation of being an exceptional teacher of the game. Our program is going to benefit greatly with the addition of Jim as a volunteer assistant."

Graffam echoed coach Mitts' enthusiasm and respect. 

"I was fortunate to meet Coach Mitts several years ago," Graffam said. "Through our many discussions, we both came to the realization that we shared similar coaching philosophies, a rare occurrence given that my experience is characterized as 'old school'. Given Coach Mitts’ many years of success, I was honored to be asked to be a part of her staff.  I look forward to the many competitive challenges that lie ahead."