MOREHEAD – Morehead State University men’s basketball assistant coach Preston Spradlin has been named to the National Basketball Coaches Association (NABC) 2016 Under Armour 30-Under-30-Team. The 30-Under-30 Team recognizes 30 men’s basketball coaches across the country that are under the age of 30. Spradlin is a Floyd County native. Late last week, Spradlin finished his second season as an assistant at Morehead State and his seventh year working with a Division I program. He helped lead the Eagles to a 23-14 record in 2015-16 and a second place finish in the College Basketball Invitational. The Eagles won a program-best four postseason games this season, and their 23 wins marked the most wins in a season since they went 25-10 in 2010-11.
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).
Spradlin, a Betsy Layne High School graduate, 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 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 NAIA Eagles from 2005-09.