Washburn hires former KU ensure Brett Ballard as conduct basketball coach
April 7, 2017 - Basketballs
Former University of Kansas basketball ensure and executive of basketball operations Brett Ballard has been named conduct basketball manager during Washburn University, Ichabods jaunty executive Loren Ferre’ announced Thursday.
Ballard, a 2003 KU graduate, replaces Bob Chipman, who went 806-353 in 38 seasons during a Topeka school. Chipman late during a finish of a 2016-17 season.
“This is an implausible event and we am vehement to come home and manager during a university with an chosen basketball program,” Ballard pronounced in a statement. Ballard spent a final 3 seasons as an partner manager on Danny Manning’s Wake Forest staff.
“Washburn is a place that has really high standards and also places a value on building tyro athletes both on and off a justice and those were really critical factors to me coming. We have a leadership, comforts and support we need to be successful. My idea will be to build on a good tradition that has been determined here and assistance my players contest during a top turn on a court, though some-more importantly assistance ready them to win during a diversion of life.”
Prior to streamer to Wake Forest, Ballard worked for Manning for dual seasons during Tulsa.
“I wish to appreciate manager Manning for all he has finished for me and how he has treated my family,” Ballard said. “I’ve schooled so most from him and I’m beholden for a time together. Wake Forest is a special place and we will skip a people and generally a players. The destiny of Wake basketball is splendid and I’m vehement to watch those guys continue to grow and develop.”
Before teaming with Manning during Tulsa, Ballard spent dual seasons as a conduct basketball manager during Baker University where he gathered a 33-30 record. He changed to a Baldwin City university after operative 7 seasons on Bill Self’s staff during Kansas, portion in roles of executive of basketball operations dual years and before that executive assistant/video coordinator. He was a proffer tyro partner during KU for one year.
“I am really vehement for Brett and his family, and we consider this is a ideal fit,” Wake’s Manning said. “The Washburn University village is removing a home run of a chairman and a coach. we have famous Brett for a really prolonged time. We started out together on manager Self’s staff, pity a cabinet, and we have come a prolonged way. Having him on a staff during Tulsa and here during Wake Forest has been useful since of a trust he had of being a conduct coach. That tour has led us to currently where he has a good event to be a subsequent manager during Washburn. We are going to skip him, Kelly and their children, though we are happy for them and demeanour brazen to following his teams.”
Ballard played dual years for a Jayhawks underneath conduct manager Roy Williams from 2000-02 after transferring from Hutchinson Community College in his hometown of Hutchinson. Ballard played in 56 career games, scoring 59 points and dishing 32 assists. KU went a total 59-11 (.843) in his dual seasons, including a 2001 NCAA Sweet Sixteen coming and a berth in a 2002 NCAA Final Four in Atlanta. He warranted a inhabitant pretension ring as a member of Self’s 2008 KU executive staff.
Ballard warranted his bachelor’s grade in delegate preparation from Kansas in 2003. He was named an educational All-Big 12 preference as a senior. Ballard and his wife, Kelly, have 3 children — sons Kaden and Brooks and daughter Breagan.
“I’m so vehement for Brett and Kelly and their family removing to lapse to Kansas,” Self said. “Washburn is a superb pursuit and few people could follow manager (Bob) Chipman and be gentle with it. He’s a good recruiter, manager and director and Washburn could not have hired a some-more finish chairman to be a subsequent basketball coach.”
An rudimentary press discussion will be hold during 11 a.m. Monday in a McPherson Booster Room on Washburn’s campus. A accommodate and hail will follow in Washburn’s Lee Arena.
“This is an sparkling time for Washburn basketball,” Ferré said. “Brett has progressed adult a coaching ranks personification for a Hall of Fame manager in Roy Williams during a University of Kansas and operative on a coaching staff of another Hall of Fame manager in Bill Self. Add to that spending 5 seasons underneath Danny Manning earning dual NCAA contest berths, we trust a module has a splendid destiny underneath Brett’s leadership.”