BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — WKU head men's basketball coach Ken McDonald announced Wednesday the additions of Brian Bidlingmyer and Brandon Kuhn to his staff for the upcoming 2011-12 season.
Bidlingmyer, who spent the last six seasons as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, will serve as a Director of Player Development focusing on academics for the Hilltoppers. Kuhn replaces Ryan Johnson, who left WKU to pursue his doctorate of physical therapy degree, as men's basketball strength and conditioning coach.
While at Milwaukee, Bidlingmyer helped to oversee recruiting efforts while also participating in all of the on-court aspects of head coach Rob Jeter’s program.
"Brian has a wealth of different experience at many different levels, and he is a guy who is really going to help our staff with various aspects of our program," McDonald said. "He is going to have a high amount of focus on the academic progress of our players, community relations and the day-to-day operation of our basketball program. He will be a great glue-guy for our program and will pitch in with everything that makes a high-level program operate efficiently."
Bidlingmyer has delivered results at each of his previous coaching stops as well. In two seasons at Binghamton alongside current WKU assistant coach Lawrence Brenneman, he helped Al Walker build the Bearcat program into one of the up-and-coming squads in the America East Conference. Under Mike Deane at Lamar, Bidlingmyer served as the program's recruiting coordinator in addition to his on-the-floor coaching duties, helping the Cardinals capture the 2000 Southland Conference Championship and advance to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 17 years. Bidlingmyer also worked with Deane for two seasons at Marquette, and was the director of the Mike Deane Basketball Camps for all six years he worked with Deane.
His coaching experience has also included summer stints overseas with People-To-People Sports. He led a team to France during the summer of 2000 before taking teams to Australia in the summers of 2001 and 2002. He also toured Romania as a player with a college all-star team in 1991.
Bidlingmyer played four seasons at Siena College, where he served as team captain his senior year. The Saints advanced to the NIT semifinals in 1994, winning a school-record 25 games. He played in 118 consecutive games at the school and led the team in rebounding as a junior. He also holds a pair of Siena single-game records for field goal percentage (8-for-8) and steals (10). The steals mark is also still a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference record.
Bidlingmyer, who grew up in Barberton, Ohio, is a member of the Barberton High School Hall of Fame along with such well-known names as Bo Schembechler and John Mackovic.
Kuhn will begin his first season as WKU men’s basketball strength and conditioning coach in 2011-12 after spending the last four seasons as a men’s basketball strength and conditioning coach at Texas Tech.
After serving in an assistant’s role, Kuhn was the head men’s basketball strength and conditioning coach for the Red Raiders from the end of the 2010-11 season until joining the staff at WKU.
"Brandon worked for one of my best friends on the strength and conditioning side at Texas Tech who I have known and trusted for a long time," McDonald stated. "He is intense and knowledgeable, and he has a good background. I think he is going to take this group to the next level physically and mentally."
Kuhn earned his bachelor’s of science degree in exercise science from Angelo State University in 2006 and received a master’s degree in strength and conditioning from Texas Tech University in 2010.