West Virginia assistant replaces Ford
RICHMOND, Ky. -- West Virginia assistant Jeff Neubauer was hired as head coach at Eastern Kentucky on Monday.
Neubauer replaces Travis Ford, who left the team for Massachusetts last month. Ford guided the Colonels to a 61-80 record and their first NCAA Tournament berth in 26 years this past season.
"As a young coach, you dream of taking over a Division I program in very good shape with a chance to win, and that's the case at EKU," Neubauer said. "I understand how important the game of basketball is in Kentucky, and as a coach, that's something you look for."
Neubauer, who spent the past three seasons with the Mountaineers, also was an assistant at The Citadel for three seasons and Richmond for five seasons. He was on the Richmond staff in 1991 when the 15th-seeded Spiders upset second-seeded Syracuse in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
West Virginia reached the Elite Eight this season, losing to Louisville in the Albuquerque Regional final.
Eastern Kentucky gave Neubauer a four-year contract with an annual salary of $150,000.
Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press
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