Michelle Clark-Heard

Education
2:56 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

WKU Regents Approve Bonds for Honors College, Raises for Basketball Coaches

The WKU Board of Regents has approved a $37 million bond issue to fund a new international center and Honors College building, as well as the next phase of the ongoing renovation of the Downing University Center.

While the motion passed, three regents voted against the proposal.

Faculty Regent Patty Minter joined Student Regent Keyana Boka and Staff Regent James Kennedy in dissent. Dr. Minter says while she fully supports the WKU Honors College and the school's efforts to grow its international student population, she questions the need to issue bonds and build a brand new facility.

“There were a lot of better ideas that were not explored," said the WKU History Professor. "For example, having a floor in the replacement building for the Gordon Ford College of Business—what a great place that would be. And it would also integrate that group and the international student services into the entire student population, as opposed to segregating them out.”

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Sports
1:30 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

WKU Lady Hilltoppers Take on Louisville, Vanderbilt, and Travel to Puerto Rico in 2013-14

The WKU women’s basketball team has a trip to Puerto Rico, and contests against Louisville and Vanderbilt to look forward to this upcoming season.

The 2013-14 Lady Hilltoppers’ non-conference schedule was released Monday. Following two exhibition games, the regular season starts November 9 at home against Austin Peay. Other highlights include playing at Vanderbilt and home against Murray State in mid-November.

WKU hosts the Louisville Cardinals November 27,  and the team travels to San Juan, Puerto Rico the week before Christmas to play in the 2013 Puerto Rico Classic.

The Lady Hilltoppers are coming off a 22-11 season in Michelle Clark-Heard’s first year as head coach of the program. Last year’s record represents the largest single-season win improvement in Sun Belt Conference history.

Sports
11:13 am
Wed March 6, 2013

WKU's Clark-Heard Named Sun Belt Coach of the Year, Gooch and Govan Earn First Team Honors

WKU's Chastity Gooch is the 2013 Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Year, and a member of the All-Conference First Team.
Credit WKU Athletics

WKU’s Michelle Clark-Heard has been named the Sun Belt Conference Women’s Basketball Coach of the Year. Two of her players—sophomores Chastity Gooch and Alexis Govan—were named First Team All-Conference selections in a survey of the league’s coaches and media members.

Gooch was also named Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Year.

Voters recognized Coach Clark-Heard for turning the team around in her first season on the hill. The Lady Hilltoppers take a 20-9 record into this week’s conference championships. Last season, the team won only nine games.

Gooch has averaged 16 points and 11 rebounds this season. Govan averaged over 20 points a game, and hit more than 42-percent of her three-point attempts.

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Sports
8:57 am
Tue November 20, 2012

WKU Lady Toppers Start Season 3-0 After First Sun Belt Win

WKU's Chastity Gooch is a sophomore forward from Franklin, Ky.
Credit WKU Athletics

Chastity Gooch posted her third double-double in as many games, helping the Western Kentucky University women’s basketball team stay perfect on the young season, and at the same time start 1-0 in Sun Belt Conference play with a 62-56 win over Florida International Monday night at E.A. Diddle Arena.

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Sports
2:34 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Lady Toppers Add Size, Back-Court Depth In Early Signing Period

Paul Laurence Dunbar guard Kierra Muhammad has committed to play for WKU.
Credit berecruited.com

Western Kentucky University women’s basketball coach Michelle Clark-Heard announced the addition of three signees on Wednesday as the NCAA early signing period got underway. WKU was able to address its need for size with 6-foot forward Aleeya Harris (San Antonio, Texas; John Jay HS) and 6-foot-2 Bria Gaines (Glenwood, Ill.; Bloom Township HS).

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Sports
6:06 am
Sat November 10, 2012

WKU Lady Toppers Win Season Opener Behind Govan's Career High 26 Points

Michelle Clark-Heard coached the Lady Toppers to a season-opening win against Murray State.
Credit WKU Athletics

WKU opened the Michelle-Clark Heard era with an 80-69 win over Murray State in the season opener for both squads. The Lady Toppers (1-0) posted the program’s first non-conference win on an opponent’s home court since Dec. 28, 2009 when WKU won at George Washington 74-65 and matched the total number of road wins from a season ago.

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Sports
1:17 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

WKU Women's Basketball Lands Commitment from Lexington Guard

WKU women’s basketball coach Michelle Clark-Heard is making more noise on the recruiting trail. The first-year coach has signed her first commitment for the Class of 2013. Paul Laurence Dunbar High School junior Kierra Muhammad says she’ll play her college ball at WKU.

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WKU Women's Basketball
3:32 pm
Mon April 30, 2012

Michelle Clark-Heard Talks About Recruiting, Home Visits, and Great Women's Teams

Michelle Clark-Heard at her introductory WKU news conference in March

There's no such thing as an "off-season" for a college basketball coach. Michelle Clark-Heard is someone who knows this well. Clark-Heard is the head coach of the WKU women's basketball team. Since she was hired in late March, the Louisville native has been evaluating her roster, hiring assistant coaches, scouting potential recruits, and attending tournaments with traveling all-star teams.

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Sports
10:20 am
Wed April 25, 2012

WKU Women Add All-State Basketball Player to Signing Class

Western Kentucky University women’s basketball coach Michelle Clark-Heard added a third signee during the spring period with the addition of Perry County Central guard Kendall Noble. Coach Heard says signing Noble was at the top of her to-do list.

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