Former WKU coach Paul Sanderford weighs in on Michelle Clark-Heard hire

I had the opportunity to speak with former Western Kentucky women’s basketball coach Paul Sanderford a few minutes ago about the Lady Toppers’ hire of Michelle Clark-Heard as the new head coach.

Sanderford coached Clark-Heard at WKU from 1987-90 and mentored her as one of his assistants while Sanderford was Nebraska’s head coach.

Here is what Sanderford had to say today. It’s worth noting that Sanderford said he had been contacted by three total schools – presumably including WKU – in the last two weeks about Clark-Heard for coaching vacanies.

Paul Sanderford

“I’m happy for her, and hopefully it’ll be a good fit for the university, Michelle and her husband.”

“Her ability to deal with people is probably her best attribute. She’s an outstanding communicator, recruiter. She understands the Xs and Os. I think she’s going to be successful. I’ve had calls from three different schools in the last two weeks about her.”

“I know she’s had a lot of interest … and everywhere she’s been brings some experience. The bottom line is players. That’s a pretty thin roster. I don’t think it’s going to be an easy job, but it’s a great job.”


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