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Alabama A&M coach James Wright dies at 46

Coach Wright served as an Assistant Men's Basketball Coach for the Alabama A&M University Bulldogs. (Source: AAMU Sports) Coach Wright served as an Assistant Men's Basketball Coach for the Alabama A&M University Bulldogs. (Source: AAMU Sports)
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

Assistant men's basketball coach James Wright passed away Wednesday, Alabama A&M officials confirmed.

He was 46 years old.

In a statement issued Wednesday night, AAMU said:

"One of our beloved coaches, Mr. James Wright, has passed. Under the leadership of Head Coach Willie Hayes, Coach Wright served as an Assistant Men's Basketball Coach for the Alabama A&M University Bulldogs and was an integral part of the program. 

"Circumstances surrounding his death are unknown at this time. The University asks that you keep the family of Mr. Wright, as well as his fellow coaches and the men's basketball team in your prayers. Grief counselors have been made available to the players and staff."

According to his listing on the university's staff directory, Wright came to Huntsville from the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff. He was a graduate of Jackson State.

He was coach, president and general manager of the AAU basketball team "Rise & Shine" from 1993 to 2004. 85 percent of his players from that team went on to play Division I or II, including NBA players Mo Williams and Justin Reed.

"We've lost a great coach, a great man and a great person," said A&M Head Coach Willie Hayes. "I've known him since high school. I've lost a great friend."

Hayes and Athletic Director Bryan Hicks met with the team Wednesday evening.

This was Wright's fourth year with the Bulldogs.

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