Rick Stansbury

Rick Stansbury (born December 23, 1959)

Current position: Assistant men’s basketball coach
Current team: Memphis Tigers (Head coach: Penny Hardaway)
Current conference: American Athletic Conference (AAC, The American)
Teams coached: Mississippi State Bulldogs, Western Kentucky Hilltoppers, Memphis Tigers
Mississippi State record: 293-166 (.638)
Western Kentucky record: 139-89 (.610)
Memphis record: 3-0 (1.000)
Overall record: 435-255 (.630)

Career Accomplishments:


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2023-present Memphis (asst)
2023 Memphis (interim HC)
2016-2023 Western Kentucky
2015-2016 Texas A&M (assoc. HC)
2014-2016 Texas A&M (asst)
1998-2012 Mississippi State
1994-1998 Mississippi State (assoc. HC)
1990-1994 Mississippi State (asst)
1984-1990 Austin Peay (asst)
1983-1984 Cumberland (KY) (grad. asst)
1981-1982 Campbellsville (student asst)

Rick Stansbury Facts

  • Richard Lee Stansbury
  • Born December 23, 1959
  • Hometown: Battletown, Kentucky
  • Alma Mater: Campbellsville University (1981)
  • Spent six years as an assistant at Austin Peay under two head coaches – two under Howard Jackson and four under Lake Kelly
  • Was on Richard Williams‘ staff at Mississippi State four eight seasons before taking over as head coach in 1998
  • Spent fourteen seasons as the head coach at Mississippi State, winning 293 games, going to the NCAA Tournament six times and the NIT five times during his tenure
  • Worked as an assistant, then associate head coach, on Billy Kennedy‘s Texas A&M staff between head coaching jobs
  • Hired in March 2016 as the new head coach of the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers
    • In 2020-21, Stansbury’s Hilltoppers had the best record in the league (11-3) and won the C-USA East title
    • Went 139-89 in seven seasons at the helm, winning 20+ games four times and going to two NITs
    • Resigned in March 2023 following a 17-16 season; became first head coach in program history to not reach the NCAA Tournament
  • Stansbury joined the coaching staff at Memphis in April 2023 as an assistant coach under Penny Hardaway
    • Served as interim head coach for the first three games of the 2023-24 season, going 3-0

Rick Stansbury Coaching Tree