Candyce Bingham has been hired as an assistant coach on the Western Kentucky women’s basketball staff, coach Michelle Clark-Heard announced today.
Bingham, a former University of Louisville standout, was a graduate assistant last season with the Cardinals, who lost to Connecticut in the national championship game.
Bingham got her coaching start in 2011-12 as head coach at Fern Creek High School in Louisville.
She helped lead U of L to the 2009 national title game as a player, spending her final two seasons with the Cardinals after transferring from Xavier. Heard was an assistant at Louisville during that time.
“I am extremely pleased to add Candyce Bingham to our coaching staff,” Heard said in a statement. “Candyce will bring great energy and enthusiasm to our staff as she begins her collegiate coaching career. Having coached Candyce while at Louisville, I know she is very familiar with my philosophies and expectations.
“Having been to the national championship game as a player and graduate assistant, having been a WNBA Draft pick and having played professionally overseas, Candyce has proven she is a winner, and that is what I want our players to be around day in and day out.”
Bingham averaged 12.5 points and 7.3 rebounds in 2008-09, complementing current WNBA star and Olympic gold medalist Angel McCoughtry. She earned All-Big East Conference first-team honors as Louisville finished the season ranked second in the nation.
She was selected in the third round of the 2009 WNBA draft by San Antonio but was eventually cut. She then played overseas in Luxembourg, Germany and Puerto Rico before making the transition to coaching.
Bingham, a Louisville native, scored 1,350 points during a four-year career at DuPont Manual High School.
She’ll fill the vacancy left by ShaRae Mansfield, who will return to her original role as director of operations.
Mansfield was elevated to assistant coach just before the 2012-13 season when assistant Curtis Turley resigned.
Heard’s other assistants are Greg Collins and Margaret Richards.