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UK Officially Announces Hiring of Webster

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky men’s basketball has added Tracy Webster as its third and final assistant coach, head coach Billy Gillispie announced Tuesday.

“I’m extremely happy that we were able to hire Tracy Webster,” said Gillispie. “I’ve known him and observed him for a long time. He gets along with everyone. The players he has recruited over the years speak highly of him, because he develops relationships.

“He was a good player, and as an assistant he’s been on the bench during the NCAA championship game, which is the goal we are all working toward.”

A native of Harvey, Ill., Webster came to Kentucky following a three-year run as an assistant coach at Illinois after serving as an assistant at Purdue in 2003-04.

Prior to coaching in the Big Ten Conference, Webster spent three seasons as an assistant at Ball State from 2001-03. While in Muncie, Ind., he helped Ball State to the school's first outright Mid-American Conference West Division Championship and the Elite Eight of the National Invitational Tournament in 2002.

Webster was a three-year letterwinner and three-time team captain at the University of Wisconsin from 1992-94. He was team MVP and earned second-team All-Big Ten honors in 1992, was a third-team all-conference pick in '93 and earned honorable mention honors in '94.

Webster is the Wisconsin school record holder for career assists (501) and ranks No. 2 in career steals (183). He also stands 12th on the Badgers' career scoring chart with 1,264 points. He owns two Wisconsin season records, setting marks for 3-point percentage (.490 in 1991-92) and assists (179 in 1992-93). After wrapping up his playing career, Webster served as the coordinator of community outreach programs at Wisconsin from 1994-97. He began his coaching career as the head freshman and varsity assistant coach at Verona High School in Wisconsin from 1997-98. He then served as an assistant at the Division II level at Wisconsin-Parkside during the 1998-99 season.

Prior to his tenure at Ball State, Webster spent 1999-2000 as the director of Webster Extramural Basketball Productions and as a care coordinator at Willowglen Academy in Milwaukee.

Webster earned his bachelor's degree from Wisconsin in 1995. He is married to the former Shenetta Richardson.


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