Woodlawn grad ascends to Division I post

Landon Bussie, a 2005 graduate of Woodlawn High, was named the men’s basketball coach at Alcorn State University Thursday.

“First, I’d like to thank my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, without him, none of this is possible. I’d also like to thank Dr. [Felecia] Nave and Mr. [Derek] Horne for allowing me to be the next men’s basketball head coach of Alcorn State University. It’s a great day to be a Brave,” said Bussie in a statement. “This is a dream come true of mine.”

Bussie spent the last six seasons as an assistant at Prairie View A&M, helping the Braves to back-to-back Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) regular season titles in 2018-19 and 2019-20. Prairie View advanced to the NCAA Tournament last year.

Bussie recruited former Patterson standout Gary Blackston to the Texas school. Blackston was the SWAC Tournament’s Most Valuable Player in 2018-19.

At Woodlawn, Bussie helped the Warriors to the Baltimore County championship in 2004, then matriculated to Division II Livingstone College in North Carolina. He played two seasons before transferring to Xavier in New Orleans for his junior and senior season.

Bussie spent four seasons as an Xavier assistant, then moved to Prairie View. He was a women’s assistant coach before joining the Prairie View men’s program in 2015-16.

Bussie’s sister, Asya, was a former All-Met standout at Seton Keough and later starred at West Virginia.

Landon Bussie replaces Montez Robinson, whose contact wasn’t renewed by Alcorn State. Alcorn State went 15-15 last season.