WKU adds Bidlingmyer, Kuhn to men’s basketball staff

Cole Claybourn

WKU Head Coach Ken McDonald on Wednesday announced the additions of Brian Bidlingmyer and Brandon Kuhn to his staff for the 2011-12 season.

Bidlingmyer, who spent the last six seasons as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Division II Wisconsin-Milwaukee, will serve as a Director of Player Development focusing on academics. 

Kuhn will serve as men’s basketball strength and conditioning coach, replacing Ryan Johnson, who left WKU in August to pursue his doctorate.

Brian Bidlingmyer

Bidlingmyer spent two seasons at Binghamton alongside current WKU assistant coach Lawrence Brenneman. 

He served as Lamar University’s recruiting coordinator in addition to his on-the-floor coaching duties, helping the Cardinals capture the 2000 Southland Conference Championship and advance to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 17 years.

Bidlingmyer played four seasons at Siena College, where he served as team captain his senior year. He holds a pair of Siena single-game records for field goal percentage (8-for-8) and steals (10). The steals mark is also still a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference record.

“Brian has a wealth of different experience at many different levels, and he is a guy who is really going to help our staff with various aspects of our program,” McDonald said in a release. “He is going to have a high amount of focus on the academic progress of our players, community relations and the day-to-day operation of our basketball program. He will be a great glue-guy for our program and will pitch in with everything that makes a high-level program operate efficiently.”

Brandon Kuhn

Kuhn will begin his first season as WKU men’s basketball strength and conditioning coach in 2011-12 after spending the last four seasons as a men’s basketball strength and conditioning coach at Texas Tech.

Kuhn was the head men’s basketball strength and conditioning coach for the Red Raiders from the end of the 2010-11 season until joining the staff at WKU.

“Brandon worked for one of my best friends on the strength and conditioning side at Texas Tech who I have known and trusted for a long time,” McDonald said. “He is intense and knowledgeable, and he has a good background. I think he is going to take this group to the next level physically and mentally.”

WKU also added former Miami (Fla.) assistant Jake Morton to the staff in June as an assistant coach.