MOREHEAD – After guiding the Morehead State University men’s basketball program as its interim head coach during the 2016-17 season, Betsy Layne High School graduate Preston Spradlin is being considered for MSU’s top job.
Multiple sources have confirmed Morehead State is considering Spradlin and Pittsburgh and former Virginia Commonwealth assistant coach Jeremy Ballard.
Spradlin concluded his third season at Morehead State and his eighth year working with a Division I program earlier in the month. He is currently serving as interim head coach.
His time is spent in a variety of areas, including recruiting, scouting, practice/game preparation and academics monitoring.
Following the 2015-16 season, Spradlin was named to the National Basketball Coaches Association (NABC) 2016 Under Armour 30-Under-30-Team, which recognizes 30 men’s basketball coaches across the country that are under the age of 30.
Spradlin worked with four professional athletes in his first two campaigns at Morehead State.
He helped lead the Eagles to a 23-14 overall record and 11-5 Ohio Valley Conference mark, along with a second place finish in the College Basketball Invitational in 2015-16.
With their trip to the championship series of the CBI, Morehead State won four postseason games, the most in program history. MSU’s 20-win season marked the seventh in program history. The 23 wins marked the most victories for the Eagles since they finished the 2010-11 season at 25-10.
He helped the Eagles to a 17-17 overall record and 10-6 Ohio Valley Conference mark in 2014-15, despite over half the team suffering significant injuries.
Spradlin came to MSU after five seasons with national power Kentucky. He spent two campaigns (2009-11) as a graduate assistant with the Wildcats before three years as the assistant director of operations (2011-14). His duties included film breakdown, creating and maintaining playbooks, assisting with opponent scouting and day-to-day operations.
In his final post at Kentucky, Spradlin was responsible for film exchange and created a variety of opponent and self-scouting edits for coaches and players. He also worked with personnel from the National Basketball Association, while assisting in other aspects of basketball operations.
Spradlin, a native of Pikeville, served as director of the John Calipari Basketball Camps and Clinics from 2012-14. He was the primary contact for satellite tour stops across the state of Kentucky and coordinated the first-ever Basketball Fantasy Experience for UK’s head coach.
Spradlin worked with the Dominican Republic National Team during the summers of 2011 and 2012. The squad reached its highest finish and won the bronze medal in the Tournament of the America’s Olympic Qualifier in 2011 and came within one game of qualifying for the 2012 Olympics.
Spradlin earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Alice Lloyd College in 2009 and a master’s degree in kinesiology and health promotion, with a sports leadership emphasis, from Kentucky in 2011. He was a four-year men’s basketball letterwinner for the Alice Lloyd College from 2005-09.
Spradlin is a 2005 graduate of Betsy Layne High School.
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