Rick Stansbury is returning to Kentucky to coach basketball. The Meade County native was introduced Monday afternoon as the next men’s basketball coach at Western Kentucky University.
During a news conference, Stansbury said he did not have to be sold on WKU.
"There's so much tradition. I understood that. I know what this place about," remarked Stansbury. "I know not where it's at, but where we're going to go with it. It's not about me. It's about all of us, and that first game we show up to this year, we want that arena packed, and we're going to put a team on that floor that you will be proud of."
Stansbury comes from Texas A&M where he served as an assistant coach. Before that, he spent 14 seasons as Mississippi State’s head coach. Under a four-year contract, Stansbury will be paid a base salary of $500,000 annually.
He takes over for Ray Harper who resigned this month following the suspension of three players. Stansbury said the three would not be returning to the team.
Stansbury said he has a lot of respect for Harper and hopes he will continue to be a part of the basketball program at WKU.