Hank Plona

Hank Plona (born September 30, 1985)

Current position: Head men’s basketball coach
Current team: Western Kentucky Hilltoppers
Current conference: Conference USA (CUSA)
Western Kentucky record: 0-0 (.000)
Overall record^: 0-0 (.000)

Career Accomplishments:

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2024-present Western Kentucky
2023-2024 Western Kentucky (asst)
2015-2023 Indian Hills CC
2011-2015 South Plains CC (asst)
2010-2011 Indian Hills CC (asst)
2009-2010 Arkansas-Fort Smith (asst)
2007-2009 Providence (grad. asst)
2005-2007 Providence (student mgr)

Hank Plona Facts

  • Vincent Henry Plona
  • Born September 30, 1985
  • Hometown: Avon, Connecticut
  • Alma Mater: Providence College (BA, 2007 & MBA)
  • Graduated from Providence, where he was a student manager and later graduate assistant for head coaches Tim Welsh and Keno Davis
  • Spent one year as an assistant under Josh Newman at D-II Arkansas-Fort Smith, then one year at Indian Hills CC in Iowa and four at South Plains CC in Texas; was a part of the South Plains team that went undefeated and won the 2012 NCJAA National Championship
  • Served as head coach at Indian Hills for eight seasons, winning eight ICCAC titles and six Region titles with an overall record of 225-35
    • Qualified for the NJCAA National Tournament in seven of eight seasons and coached several NCJAA All-Americans and other star players who would transfer to and play at D-I programs
    • Named ICCAC Coach of the Year four times and NJCAA District COY honors on five occasions
  • Moved on to Division I himself in 2023, joining the Western Kentucky staff as an assistant under new head coach Steve Lutz
  • Promoted to head coach at Western Kentucky in April 2024 following Lutz’ departure to Oklahoma State

Hank Plona Coaching Tree

  • Josh Sash (Indian Hills CC)


^ overall record includes head coaching positions at the NCAA Division I level only