Michelle Clark-Heard has announced her resignation as the head coach of Lady Topper Basketball in order to pursue a new professional opportunity.
“Six years ago, Michelle Clark-Heard inherited a program coming off a school-record 21 losses the prior season. The job she has done has been truly remarkable. Our 154 total wins during her tenure include four NCAA Tournament appearances, four conference tournament championships and two conference regular season championships,” WKU Director of Athletics Todd Stewart said. “Exhibiting a tireless work ethic and daily devotion to her players, she has demanded and delivered excellence on and off the court and represented WKU and the Lady Topper Basketball program with passion, grace and class. As a result, our program is in a significantly better position today than where it was in March of 2012. We truly wish Michelle all the best in her future endeavors.”
“This is one of the hardest decisions that I have ever made in my career,” Clark-Heard said. “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.”
A four-year letterwinner for the Lady Toppers from 1987-90, Clark-Heard had served as the head coach since the 2012-13 season and ends her WKU coaching career with a 154-48 record; her 154 wins are the third-most by a head coach in program history, and her .762 winning percentage is the best mark in Lady Topper Basketball history.
“The hallmark of a great university is a leadership that cares for its students, whether that leadership is faculty, staff, administrators or coaches,” said WKU President Dr. Tim Caboni. “Hilltopper athletics has been blessed with a cadre of coaches who put the student first in student-athlete, and Coach Clark-Heard is at the forefront. We will always be grateful for what she has meant to the Lady Topper program, from the student-athletes to the loyal fan base. We look forward to following her continued success.”
Currie P. McFayden
WKU Associate Director of Athletic Communications
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