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According to a report from ESPN‘s Jeff Goodman, Western Illinois will hire former associate head coach Billy Wright to be the program’s new head men’s basketball coach.
Wright, currently an assistant coach at Ball State, will replace former Leatherneck head coach Jim Molinari, who resigned to take an assistant coaching position under Tim Miles at Nebraska.
Before his one season as an assistant at Ball State, Wright spent five years on Molinari’s staff as an assistant coach, including three as the associate head coach at Western Illinois. During Wright’s Western Illinois tenure, he helped the Leathernecks reach the postseason for the only two times in the program’s Division I history with two CBI appearances.
Wright was a prominent high school coach in Indianapolis before coaching at Western Illinois and Ball State. He spent 12 years coaching high school basketball at Pike and Ben Davis High Schools in Indianapolis. Wright was the head coach at Pike for two seasons from 2006-08 after serving five years as a varsity assistant at the school that produced Courtney Lee and Jeff and Marquis Teague.