Rick Stansbury

Rick Stansbury (born December 23, 1959)

Current position: Head men’s basketball coach
Current team: Western Kentucky Hilltoppers
Current conference: Conference USA (C-USA)
Mississippi State record: 293-166 (.638)
Western Kentucky record: 122-73 (.626)
Overall record: 415-239 (.635)

Career Accomplishments:


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2016-present 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 102-59 through his first five seasons, winning 20+ games four times and going to two NITs
    • In 2020-21, Stansbury’s Hilltoppers had the best record in the league (11-3) and won the C-USA East title
  • Along with his wife, Meo, has three sons

Rick Stansbury Coaching Tree