BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Candyce Bingham, a member of Louisville’s 2009 National Finalist team as a player and 2013 National Finalist team as a staff member and as well as a 2009 WNBA Draft pick, has joined the Western Kentucky University Lady Topper Basketball coaching staff as an assistant coach on head coach Michelle Clark-Heard’s staff.
“I am extremely pleased to add Candyce Bingham to our coaching staff,” said Clark-Heard. “Candyce will bring great energy and enthusiasm to our staff as she begins her collegiate coaching career. Having coached Candyce while at Louisville, I know she is very familiar with my philosophies and expectations. Having been to the National Championship game as a player and graduate assistant, having been a WNBA Draft pick and having played professionally overseas, Candyce has proven she is a winner and that is what I want our players to be around day in and day out.”
Bingham joins Greg Collins and Margaret Richards on the coaching staff. ShaRae Mansfield will return to her previous role as Director of Basketball Operations.
Clark-Heard coached Bingham during her junior and seniors seasons while an assistant coach at Louisville.
As a senior at Louisville, Bingham helped guide the Cardinals to a 34-5 record and an appearance in the NCAA National Championship game. In reaching the championship game, Louisville defeated two number one seeds in Maryland and Oklahoma.
Starting all 39 games for Louisville in 2008-09, Bingham earned First Team All-Big East honors and helped the Cards finish the season ranked second in the nation in the final USA Today/ESPN rankings of the year. She averaged 12.5 points and 7.3 rebounds per game while shooting nearly 45 percent from the field. Bingham scored a team-high 11 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in the National Championship game against Connecticut.
Bingham won at least 21 games in each of her seasons playing college basketball and finished her career with a four-year record of 103-34 and four postseason appearances. She won 60 games during her junior and senior seasons at Louisville. Prior to her two years at Louisville, Bingham played two seasons at Xavier for Kevin McGuff.
Bingham spent the 2012-13 season as a graduate assistant for former WKU assistant Jeff Walz’s Louisville team, helping guide the team to the school’s second National Championship Game appearance in school history. She returned to the Louisville Basketball program after spending one year as the head coach at Fern Creek High School in Louisville. She led the team to eight wins despite having a highly inexperienced roster, having just one player with major varsity experience.
Bingham was a third-round selection in the 2009 WNBA Draft, selected 39th overall by the San Antonio Silver Stars. Alongside overall number one pick Angel McCoughtrey, Bingham was one of two Louisville players selected in the 2009 draft. Although she did not play for the Silver Stars, she was able to continue her playing career professionally following her time at Louisville in Luxembourg, Germany and Puerto Rico.
During her four-year career at Louisville’s DuPont Manual High School, Bingham compiled 1,350 points, 402 rebounds, 200 assists and 91 blocked shots. She was an All-State, All-Region and All-District selection during her senior season in which she averaged 23 points, 10 rebounds, 3.4 assists and three blocks per game. Following the season, she was selected to play in the Kentucky-Indiana All-Star Game where she played alongside former WKU star Crystal Kelly for the Kentucky squad. She was also a WBCA All-American nominee during her senior season.