PIKEVILLE – University of Pikeville head men’s basketball coach Kelly Wells announced the addition of graduate assistants Evan Faulkner and Noah Medley to the Bears’ coaching staff on Friday.
The pair is set to begin their time with UPIKE next season after the departure of Ross Fanning and Bradlee Yoder who graduated on May 14.
Faulkner comes to UPIKE after two seasons as the head coach at Ripley High School (W. Va.) where he led the team to a 16-9 record last season, giving it the most wins since 1997 and the school’s first trip to the regional tournament in 15 years.
Prior to taking over at Ripley, Faulkner spent the 2013-14 season as an assistant coach at NCAA Div II Charleston (W. Va.). Charleston reached the NCAA Div. II National Tournament that season after winning the Mountain East Conference Tournament title. Faulkner’s duties included scouting, recruiting, budget management and academic success.
As a collegiate student-athlete, Faulkner spent two seasons at NCAA Div. I Radford (Va.) before finishing his career at Charleston where he was part of 45 wins in two seasons and was a Second Team All-WVIAC selection as a senior.
Faulkner’s prep career at Elliott County High School in Eastern Kentucky included three 16th Region Championships and 141 win in his career.
Medley joins the UPIKE staff after serving as a student assistant at NCAA Division I member Tennessee Tech over the last three seasons. Medley assisted with individual instruction, film exchange and served as a tutor for the men’s basketball student-athletes. He also helped with preparations for team travel and arranging equipment for games and practices.
For the 2011-12 season, Medley was the head coach at Irving College Elementary School after also serving as an assistant coach at Eastside Elementary in 2010-11.
Medley was very involved on the Tennessee Tech campus within Greek Life, the STEA Teaching Club and the TAB Student Giveaway Board.