Michelle Clark-Heard named WKU Lady Toppers head coach

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Western Kentucky has gone into their past to find their new head coach. The school has hired Michelle Clark-Heard as its new women’s basketball coach.

She returns to her alma mater after serving as an assistant coach with the Louisville Cardinals. She has been an assistant coach there since the 2007-08 season.

Clark-Heard does have previous head coaching experience. At Division II’s Kentucky State, she coached two seasons in 2005-06 and 2006-07.

During her tenure with the Cardinals, the team became a national power. She has been an assistant coach for seven NCAA Tournament teams, besides the four she was a member of with the Lady Toppers.

She becomes the 15th head coach in school history. She’ll formally be introduced to the media and the school administration at 1 pm CST at the E.A. Diddle Arena’s media room.

With the Cardinals, the team made three Sweet 16 appearances. They also were the national runner-up in 2009 following their first Final Four appearance.

She was also a big recruiting force during her stay there. The team had a 12th-best recruiting class in 2008. Then, in the next three seasons in 2009, 2010 and 2011, they were in the Top 10 overall.

She joined Jeff Walz’s staff after the two previously worked together. They were assistant coaches on former Nebraska Cornhuskers head coach Paul Sanderford’s staff.

At Kentucky State, she took over a program that had just one win prior to her arrival. Then, in her first season, the Thorobrettes went 5-23 with four wins in conference play.

In her second season, the team improved to 19-9, which tied them for fourth in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. She won the SIAC Coach of the Year that year. In addition, they were the second-best improved team in NCAA Division II women’s basketball for that season.

She also served three seasons as an assistant coach with the Cincinnati Bearcats. She was an assistant with the Cornhuskers for four seasons, where she began her coaching career.

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