Texas A&M assistant Rick Stansbury has been hired as the new head basketball coach at Western Kentucky, according to a report from CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein.
Stansbury was the head coach at Mississippi State from 1998 to 2012, and led the Bulldogs to a 293-166 record and six NCAA Tournament appearances. Mississippi State also won the SEC Tournament twice under Stansbury, and he led them to the NIT five times. He was named the SEC Coach of the Year in 2004. Stansbury retired from coaching following the 2012 season, but returned as an assistant with Texas A&M in 2014.
The Aggies finished the 2016 season with a 28-9 record, and barely missed out on an SEC Tournament championship, falling to Kentucky 82-77 in overtime. The Aggies earned a No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament and made it to the Sweet 16, where they eventually lost to Oklahoma.
The Hilltoppers fired former head coach Ken McDonald in January after a 5-11 start to the season. Stansbury will take over for Ray Harper, McDonald’s assistant who assumed the interim head coaching role for the remainder of the 2016 season. Harper resigned from the head coaching position at WKU on March 18.