WKU's strong tradition continues
October, 18, 2010
By Mike LaPlante, ESPN Recruiting
With a distinguished basketball tradition, Western Kentucky has long been considered one of the elite mid-major programs in the country. Over the past decade the Hilltoppers have averaged just over 23 wins a season and have been to postseason play seven times (five NCAA, two NIT), which are numbers that would make most high-major programs envious. To top it all off, they play in a nice arena with tremendous fan support and it is a job that's always highly sought after every time it opens. The list of former coaches that have successfully led the program prior to being snatched up by universities with bigger paychecks is impressive. The likes of Gene Keady, Clem Haskins, Ralph Willard, Dennis Felton and Darrin Horn have all paced the sidelines in Bowling Green, Ky. With all the history of success, comes the pressure for the next coach to continue the tradition. In the ever-changing landscape of college basketball that challenge, which is always linked to recruiting, is, to say the least, difficult.