Ray Harper (basketball)
Lilburn Ray Harper Jr. (born  is an American college basketball coach, currently head coach for Jacksonville State University. Previously, he was head coach at Oklahoma City University, Kentucky Wesleyan College, and Western Kentucky University. At Kentucky Wesleyan Harper compiled a 242–45 win-loss record.October 11, 1961)
|Born||October 11, 1961|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1985–1989||Kentucky Wesleyan (assistant)|
|1989–1996||Kentucky Wesleyan (assoc. HC)|
|2009–2012||Western Kentucky (assistant)|
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
|2 NCAA Division II Tournament (1999, 2001)|
2 NAIA Men's Division I Tournament (2007, 2008)
2 Sun Belt Tournament (2012, 2013)
OVC Tournament (2017)
|7× Division II National Coach of the Year|
Harper was named interim head coach at Western Kentucky on January 6, 2012 after Ken McDonald was fired. He was named permanent head coach on February 19, 2012 by then-athletic director Ross Bjork. He resigned from the position on March 17, 2016 following the permanent suspension of three of his players. Harper was subsequently hired at Jacksonville State on April 6, 2016, where he took the 2016-17 team to the school's first NCAA appearance.
Born in Greenville, Kentucky and a native of Bremen, Kentucky, Harper played collegiately at the University of Texas as a freshman and at Kentucky Wesleyan, during his sophomore-senior seasons, where he was named third team NABC All-American as a senior in 1985.
He is married to Shannon Harper, a WKU alumna.
Head coaching recordEdit
|Kentucky Wesleyan Panthers (Great Lakes Valley Conference) (1996–2005)|
|1997–98||Kentucky Wesleyan||30–3||17–2||1st||NCAA Division II runner-up|
|1998–99||Kentucky Wesleyan||35–2||20–2||1st||NCAA Division II Champion|
|1999–00||Kentucky Wesleyan||31–3||18–2||1st||NCAA Division II runner-up|
|2000–01||Kentucky Wesleyan||30–3||17–3||2nd||NCAA Division II Champion|
|2001–02||Kentucky Wesleyan||31–3||19–1||1st||NCAA Division II runner-up|
|2002–03||Kentucky Wesleyan||26–3*||18–2*||1st*||NCAA Division II runner-up*|
|2003–04||Kentucky Wesleyan||22–8*||14–6*||3rd*||NCAA Division II First Round*|
|Kentucky Wesleyan:||242–45* (.840)||146–35* (.807)|
|Oklahoma City Stars (Sooner Athletic Conference) (2005–2008)|
|2005–06||Oklahoma City||29–8||16–2||1st||NAIA Division I runner-up|
|2006–07||Oklahoma City||35–2||17–1||1st||NAIA Division I Champions|
|2007–08||Oklahoma City||31–7||18–4||1st||NAIA Division I Champions|
|Oklahoma City:||95–17 (.848)||51–7 (.879)|
|Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (Sun Belt Conference) (2012–2014)|
|2011–12||Western Kentucky||11–8||6–7||3rd (East)||NCAA Division I Round of 64|
|2012–13||Western Kentucky||20–16||10–10||4th (East)||NCAA Division I Round of 64|
|Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (Conference USA) (2014–2016)|
|Western Kentucky:||90–63 (.588)||48–39 (.552)|
|Jacksonville State Gamecocks (Ohio Valley Conference) (2016–present)|
|2016–17||Jacksonville State||20–15||9–7||3rd (East)||NCAA Division I Round of 64|
|2017–18||Jacksonville State||23–13||11–7||4th||CBI Semifinals|
|Jacksonville State:||67–42 (.615)||37–17 (.685)|
Postseason invitational champion
* 20 wins and 5 losses were vacated from the 2003–04 season and for the 2002–03 season; the school had to vacate the NCAA Division II runner-up and conference regular season championship.
- "USA Basketball: Ray Harper Bio". USA Basketball. May 7, 2003. Archived from the original on December 30, 2006. Retrieved May 18, 2007.
- West, Gary P. (February 20, 2013). "King of the Hill". Kentucky Monthly. Archived from the original on July 15, 2013. Retrieved March 5, 2017.
- "Ray Harper Bio". Oklahoma City University. 2006. Archived from the original on March 25, 2007. Retrieved May 18, 2007.
- Western Kentucky Hilltoppers fire Ken McDonald - ESPN
- Western Kentucky Hilltoppers remove interim tag from coach Ray Harper - ESPN
- "Gamecocks Tab Ray Harper Next Men's Basketball Head Coach". jsugamecocksports.com. Jacksonville State Gamecocks. April 6, 2016. Retrieved April 7, 2016.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on October 26, 2012. Retrieved November 2, 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- Western Kentucky Hilltoppers Basketball 2011–12 Schedule - Hilltoppers Home and Away - ESPN
- Sun Belt Conference Standings - College Basketball - ESPN
- School plans no appeal to NCAA infractions - College Sports - ESPN