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March 20, 2013

NCAA MEN'S BB TOURNEY: Ex-OCU coach Ray Harper leads Western Kentucky against Kansas

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Harper has directed Western Kentucky to a 31-23 record since taking over as interim head coach on Jan. 6, 2012. Western Kentucky removed the interim tag from his title Feb. 19.

From 2005-08, Harper guided OCU to a 95-17 record, three NAIA national title games, three Sooner Athletic Conference championships and two SAC Tournament titles. The Stars had seven all-Americans during that time, including NAIA player of the year Ollie Bailey and two-time NAIA Tournament most valuable player Kameron Gray.

He was named NAIA Division I coach of the year by the NAIA and the National Association of Basketball Coaches in 2008 and SAC coach of the year three times.

For his career, Harper owns a 373-86 record in his 14th season as a head coach. Harper has coached in nine national championship games, winning four championships. He led Kentucky Wesleyan to NCAA Division II crowns in 1999 and 2001.

Harper was the winningest active coach in NCAA Division II when he left Kentucky Wesleyan. He set an NCAA record by reaching 30 wins for six consecutive seasons.

During his playing days, Harper became Southwest Conference rookie of the year under Abe Lemons at Texas.

Wade is his fifth season at Oklahoma State as director of player development. Wade has been a part of six NCAA Tournament teams, three with the Cowboys (24-8).

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