Billy Wright

Billy Wright (born September 15, 1974)

Teams coached: Western Illinois Leathernecks
Western Illinois record: 53-115 (.315)
Overall record: 53-115 (.315)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  0
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  0

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2014-2020 Western Illinois
2013-2014 Ball State (asst)
2010-2013 Western Illinois (assoc. HC)
2008-2010 Western Illinois (asst)

Billy Wright Facts

  • William Eugene Wright, Jr.
  • Born September 15, 1974
  • Hometown: Richmond, Indiana
  • Alma Mater: Bradley University (BA, 1996)
  • Played at Richmond HS (IN), leading the team to a state title in 1992, before moving on to play four seasons under Jim Molinari at Bradley
  • Started his coaching career in Indianapolis, spending five years as the JV coach at Ben Davis HS and another five years as an assistant at Pike HS
    • Took over as the head coach at Pike in 2006, coaching the team for two seasons
    • Coached three future NBA players during his time at Pike: Courtney Lee and brothers Jeff and Marquis Teague
  • Joined the college ranks in 2008, joining his former coach Jim Molinari’s staff at Western Illinois as an assistant
    • Elevated to associate head coach in 2010, staying in this position for the next three seasons
  • Spent one year as an assistant coach under James Whitford at Ball State
  • Returned to Western Illinois in 2014 as the Leathernecks’ new head coach
  • Wright briefly rejoined Whitford‘s staff at Ball State in May 2021 before taking over as the head coach at his alma mater, Richmond HS (IN), the following month
  • Along with his wife, Monica, has one son

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