Former Kentucky Wildcats head coach Billy Gillispie has returned to the NCAA. Darryl Bruffett of KBTX-TV is reporting that Gillispie will be named the next head coach at Tarleton State University.

Tarleton State is located in Stephenville, Texas. Their basketball program will be making the transition to Division I and the Western Athletic Conference from NCAA Division II and the Lone Star Conference. 

Last season the Texans went 18-12 under head coach Chris Reisman who stepped away from the basketball program to become the university’s assistant athletic director of Student-Athlete Development and Strategic Initiatives.

Gillispie coached the Wildcats from 2007-2009 and had one of the worst two year runs in program history.

UK qualified for the 2008 NCAA Tournament but was knocked out by Marquette in the round of 64 but in 2009 failed to make the tournament and lost in the NIT Quarterfinals. He was fired after the season and replaced by John Calipari.

Gillispie has not coached an NCAA program since 2012 when he finished his second and final year at Texas Tech. He has been the head coach of Ranger College of the National Junior College Athletic Association.


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