The Richmond Register

March 27, 2013

KIAC HOOPS:Harkleroad a finalist for National Coach Of The Year


Register staff report

RICHMOND — Berea native Bunky Harkleroad has been named a finalist for the 2013 Russell Athletic/WBCA NCAA Division II National Coach of the Year.

Harkleroad led Glenville State to a 27-4 overall record this season, including a 21-1 effort in WVIAC play. GSC won the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference regular-season championship.

The Pioneers earned an at-large spot in the NCAA Division II Tourn-ament. The squad ousted defending national champion Shaw 111-86 in the opening round before falling to California (Pa.) 81-79 in the second round of the Atlantic Region.

Harkleroad guided the Pioneers to a spot in the top 20 of the national polls for much of the season. GSC climbed as high as No. 12 and registered a 20-game winning streak during the year.

He coached two first-team all-conference selections in Ginny Mills and Kenyona Simmons. Harkleroad’s squad led the nation in scoring (95.3) and three-point field goals per game (14.0). The team was fourth in scoring margin (18.1).

Harkleroad took over the program at Glenville State in 2009 after a very successful tenure as the women’s basketball coach at Berea College. In nine seasons with the Lady Mountaineers, Harkleroad had a 168-93 record and led the team to three-straight KIAC Tournament championships and three-consecutive NAIA Division II National Tournament appearances.

Harkleroad grew up in Berea and played basketball at Berea Community School. He later studied at Berea College and was a teacher at Berea Community.

The 2013 Russell Athletic/WBCA NCAA Division II National Coach of the Year will be named during the third-annual WBCA Awards Show on Monday, April 8, in New Orleans. This event is part of the WBCA National Convention and is held in conjunction with the NCAA Women’s Final Four.

“The WBCA congratulates these coaches on being named finalists for the 2013 Russell Athletics/WBCA Division II National Coach of the Year Award,” said WNBA CEO Beth Bass. “These coaches led their teams to outstanding seasons and have been selected by their peers as finalists for their accomplishments. On behalf of the WBCA and its members, I wish all eight of these finalists the best of luck at the WBCA Awards Show in New Orleans.”  

Russell Athletic and the WBCA present the national coach of the year award annually in each of the five WBCA membership divisions (NCAA Divisions I, II and III; NAIA; junior/community college and high school). This is the 31st year since 1983 that the WBCA has presented the awards.