Alabama A&M coach James Wright dies at 46

Alabama A&M coach James Wright dies at 46

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. 

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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