Former Player Returns to Hill to Lead Lady Hilltoppers

Mar 22, 2012

WKU has a new women’s head basketball coach. Former WKU Player and University of Louisville assistant Michelle Clark-Heard was introduced Thursday afternoon as the new leader of the Lady Hilltoppers.

Former coach Mary Taylor Cowles was fired by WKU earlier this month.

Clark-Heard has been an assistant at U of L the last five years, and before that spent two years as head coach at Kentucky State University. The Louisville native played at WKU from 1987 to 1990, and was part of four NCAA tournament teams and two Sun Belt conference during her career in Bowling Green.

Clark-Heard earned Kentucky High School State Player of the Year honors in 1986 after her senior season at Atherton High School.

She says she knows what her coaching philosophy will be at WKU.

"I am going to have to assess the talent that I have," said Coach Clark-Heard. "What we will do is play hard, and we are going to get after it. What I like to do is to be able to press and get up the floor. That is my game. That is what I know. What we will do is figure out a way to make sure that we have the opportunity to be the best that we can be and win as many games as possible. If that is figuring out how to play in the half court and do changeup situations and do different things, then that is what we will do. I love to press, and I love to get up and down and fast-break. But we will assess the talent that we have. I will be able to go out and recruit and add to what I already have, and then we will put the game plan together and we will be ready to roll.”

It's been a busy week for WKU athletics. On Wednesday, Athletics Director Ross Bjork left to take the same job at the University of Mississippi.