Bowling Green, KY (Sports Network) - Ray Harper has shed his interim tag as
Western Kentucky's head men's basketball coach after just 11 games, the school
Harper has guided the Hilltoppers to a 4-7 record after taking over for Ken
McDonald, who was fired in early January after a poor 5-11 start.
Even with job security, Harper knows he still has work to do.
"We are not winning as consistently as I expect us to, but this basketball
team has made a lot of progress and grown up a lot which is rewarding," Harper
said in Sunday's released statement. "This is a destination job for me, and
there is no place in the country I would rather be."
Attendance at E.A. Diddle Arena has risen from 3,000 fans per contest to just
over 5,000 in the four home games since Harper has taken over.
"We put [Harper] in a very challenging situation by naming him our interim
coach on January 6, but he has performed admirably in these unique
circumstances while bringing much-needed energy and excitement to our
program," WKU director of athletics Ross Bjork said.
Harper came to WKU as an assistant prior to the 2008-09 season. He spent 12
seasons as head coach at Kentucky Wesleyan College (Division II) and Oklahoma
City University (NAIA), compiling a 342-63 record. His teams won four
national championships and reached the title game five other times.
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