E.A. Diddle Arena
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With 293 career wins and 11 postseason trips as a head coach to his credit, Rick Stansbury is the 15th head men’s basketball coach at Western Kentucky University.
Stansbury, a Battletown, Kentucky native and Campbellsville University Class of 2003 Hall of Famer, came to The Hill following two years at 2015-16 Southeastern Conference regular season champion Texas A&M, which included a run to the 2016 NCAA Sweet 16. In his 30 seasons as a head coach or an assistant coach, Stansbury’s teams have gone to the postseason 18 times, with Top 5 seeds in the NCAA Tournament in 2016 (3), 2004 (2), 2003 (5), 2002 (3), 1996 (5) and 1995 (5) and in the NIT in 2012 (4), 2010 (1), and 2007 (1).
The veteran head coach made his name over a 22-year run at Mississippi State, including the final 14 as head coach (1999-2012), where he compiled a career record of 293-166 (.638), led the Bulldogs to the postseason 11 times — with six NCAA appearances — and became Mississippi State’s all-time wins leader in the process.
Chris Cheeks, an 18-year Division I coaching veteran, begins his first season on The Hill for head coach Rick Stansbury.
Cheeks comes to WKU after four seasons at Delaware where he helped lead the Blue Hens to one of the best seasons in school history in 2013-14. Delaware finished 25-10, tied for the second most wins in a season in school history, and won its first 11 regular season conference games en route to the program’s first CAA regular season title. The Blue Hens secured their eighth regular season league title in school history, while UD’s 14 conference wins tied for the second most in a single season.
UD won 13 consecutive games from Jan. 1 through Feb. 12, tied for the second longest streak in school history, while the Blue Hens’11 road victories on the year also ranked second in program history.
Shammond Williams, a former college and NBA star, begins his first season as an assistant on The Hill for head coach Rick Stansbury in 2016-17.
Williams spent the previous three years as an assistant coach at Tulane.He came to the Green Wave after spending one season as an assistant coach at Furman. The Greenville, S.C., native brings strong recruiting ties to WKU and has served as a counselor at the prestigious Nike Elite Youth Skill Academies.
Prior to coaching, Williams played basketball professionally for 13 years in the NBA and Europe. A second-round choice of the Chicago Bulls in the 1998 NBA Draft, Williams earned time with seven NBA franchises over his career, including the Los Angeles Lakers, Denver Nuggets, Atlanta Hawks, Seattle SuperSonics, Boston Celtics, New Orleans Hornets and Orlando Magic.
Quannas White begins his first season as an assistant on The Hill for head coach Rick Stansbury in 2016-17.White comes to the Hilltoppers after two seasons on the staff at Tulane.
Before that, he spent eight years heading up the Louisiana Dynasty AAU program and working as a private basketball trainer. White guided the Dynasty to more than 30 tournament titles and developed several players that went on to play Division I college basketball.
White, who averaged 17 points and won a state title as a senior at St. Augustine High School in New Orleans, played collegiately at Midland (Texas) College and earned all-conference honors as a sophomore. He then spent his final two seasons of eligibility as the starting point guard at the University of Oklahoma.
Director of Basketball Operations
Talvis Franklin serves as Director of Basketball Operations for head coach Rick Stansbury.Franklin comes to The Hill to re-unite with Stansbury after the two spent 10 years together at Mississippi State. He began his career as a student manager under Stansbury before a six-year stint as coordinator of operations and video coordinator.
Franklin’s previous stint at Troy, in 2015-16, was with another Mississippi State connection in former WKU assistant coach Phil Cunningham. Prior to Troy, Franklin spent two seasons at Kennesaw State as a women’s assistant coach. During his first year, the Owls finished the season with a record of 6-24, but in his second year Kennesaw State made it to the first round of the Atlantic Sun Conference tournament, capping off the season with a 17-13 record.
Franklin spent one year as the head junior high basketball coach and assistant varsity coach for both the men’s and women’s teams at the Tupelo Christian Preparatory School in Belden, Miss. Before Tupelo, Franklin had his 10-year run at Mississippi State.
Associate Director of Basketball Operations
Martin Cross begins his second season on the WKU staff and his first season as Associate Director of Basketball Operations in 2016-17.
Cross will assist with day-to-day operations of the program, opponent scouting and on-campus recruiting. He will also serve as co-director of summer camps and oversee the Hilltopper student-managers.
Cross spent the 2015-16 season as WKU’s Video Coordinator after four years as a student-manager with the Hilltoppers, during which one of his main responsibilities was helping with film exchange and film review.