Stansbury takes Western Kentucky job

Rick Stansbury
Associated Press

Western Kentucky has announced the hiring of former Texas A&M assistant Rick Stansbury as its next men's basketball coach.
WKU athletic director Todd Stewart announced the hire on Monday.
Stansbury, 56, had spent the past two seasons as associate head coach to Billy Kennedy with the Aggies, who shared the Southeastern Conference regular season championship with Kentucky. Before that Stansbury spent 22 years at Mississippi State, including his final 14 as head coach, when he went 293-166. The Bulldogs won one SEC regular season title, two tournament titles and made six NCAA Tournament appearances under Stansbury before he retired in March 2012.
The Battletown, Kentucky, native replaces Ray Harper, who resigned on March 17 after going 89-64 with two automatic NCAA Tournament appearances in four-plus seasons with the Hilltoppers.
Stansbury has roots in the Bluegrass State along with ties to WKU.
His great uncle, Edgar B. Stansbury, is in the school's Hall of Fame after playing three sports there and serving as assistant football coach and AD.
The younger Stansbury graduated from Meade County High School and Campbellsville University, where he was a student assistant in 1981-82. He was also a graduate assistant at Cumberland in Williamsburg, Kentucky, and an assistant coach at Austin Peay in Tennessee.
Stansbury spent eight years under Richard Williams at MSU before taking over in 1999 and becoming the program's winningest coach. During his long stay in Starkville he guided the Bulldogs to 11 postseason appearances and was The Associated Press' SEC Coach of the Year in 2004.

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