Stansbury resigns as WKU Men’s Basketball head coach

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WKU men’s basketball head coach Rick Stansbury talks with guard /forward Dontaie Allen during the WKU v MTSU game at Diddle Arena in Bowling Green, Ky. on Feb. 9, 2023. WKU won 93-89.

Molly St. Clair

WKU Men’s Basketball Head Coach Rick Stansbury resigned. The resignation comes after WKU Men’s Basketball was eliminated in the C-USA tournament quarterfinals on Thursday, March 9.

The resignation was announced in a WKU Athletics press release.

“After giving this much thought, I have made the decision that I need to step away as head coach at Western Kentucky,” Stansbury said in the press release. “This past season has been a challenging one, and I need some time to step away from things and focus on my health and my family. This is a very difficult decision, but the right one.”

In the release, Stansbury also thanked the faculty, coaching staff and players involved with WKU Men’s Basketball.

Stansbury battled health issues during the 2022-2023 season, missing nine regular season games.

Stansbury has over 40 years of coaching experience, including his seven years as head coach at WKU. During his time on the Hill, men’s basketball appeared in three Conference USA title games and have had four 20-win seasons.

WKU Athletics has not filled the men’s basketball head coach position, but stated that there will be a national search. WKU Director of Athletics Todd Stewart will be available for a media conference via zoom later today.

 

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