WKU WOMEN'S BASKETBALL | Michelle Clark-Heard Leaving WKU, Greg Collins Named New Head Coach

03/27/2018 10:16 AM

Western Kentucky Women’s Basketball Head Coach Michelle Clark-Heard is leaving WKU for the Cincinnati Lady Bearcats head coaching job.

Reports surfaced Monday that she had interviewed at UC.

According to the Bowling Green Daily News, Clark-Heard also interviewed with Ole Miss for their women’s basketball coaching vacancy.

Heard has been WKU’s coach for six seasons with a 154-48 record. Under her direction, the Lady Tops won four conference tournament championships.

“This is one of the hardest decisions that I have ever made in my career,” said Clark-Heard. “What we have built here at WKU is special. As a team, I always talk to our players about leaving a place better than you found it. I want to thank my players, my coaching staff and my support staff for helping to make that a reality over these last six years. I will forever be grateful to Todd (Stewart) for giving me this opportunity, and to the community and my family for embracing me and this program, know that I will forever be a Lady Topper and appreciate all of the love and support that you have given us.”

The Lady Toppers went 24-9 this season and won their third C-USA tournament title in four seasons. WKU earned an eleven seed in this year’s NCAA Tournament and lost to Oregon State in the first round.

A week ago, the University of Cincinnati Director of Athletics Mike Bohn announced that Jamelle Elliott would not be retained as the women’s basketball head coach. They announced a national search would be conducted. The Lady Bearcats finished 19-13 this season.

Clark-Heard was an assistant at UC from 2002-2005.

Later in the day on Tuesday, the WKU women’s basketball program announced that Associate Head Coach Greg Collins is the new head coach of the program.

“Having the chance to work alongside Michelle (Clark-Heard) with this program has been an incredible opportunity, and I am so grateful to have been able to work with her over the last six years,” said Collins. “Being a part of the resurgence of this historically great program and now having the opportunity to continue building on that success is something that I look forward to as our head coach.”

Lyndsey Gough

Lyndsey is a Video Journalist for Spectrum News. You can catch Lyndsey’s work on Sports Night, the only nightly show dedicated to covering everything from high school to college sports in Kentucky. She loves covering all sports but it’s the personal stories that really stand out to Lyndsey, like the story of a community coming together to remember high school track start Trinity Gay who was killed. Lyndsey came to Spectrum News from WBKO in Bowling Green where she was an Anchor, Reporter and Producer covering news and sports. She’s a lifelong Kentuckian and a graduate of UK. Sports Night airs at 6:30 and 10:30 weeknights on Spectrum News. If you have a story idea for Lyndsey email her at Lyndsey.gough@charter.com.

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