Michelle Clark-Heard leaving WKU for Cincinnati

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Western Kentucky women’s basketball coach Michelle Clark-Heard is leaving to take the same position at Cincinnati, WBKO confirmed Tuesday.

Heard, 49, went 154-48 in six seasons at her alma mater, including a 30-5 season in 2014-15. Her teams won four conference championships and played in the postseason in each of her years as head coach.

She has also been an assistant for the United States’ under-23 national team and U.S. Pan American team.

Heard was making a base salary of $200,000 at Western Kentucky.

A former Cincinnati, Nebraska and Louisville assistant, and head coach at Kentucky State for two years, Heard played for the Lady Toppers from 1986-90 and went to four NCAA Tournaments. She was the 1985-86 Kentucky high school player of the year as a senior at Atherton High School in Louisville.

Cincinnati went 19-13 this season and played in the NIT, but coach Jamelle Elliott was fired March 21. She went 113-162 in nine seasons with UC.

While no timetable has been made on finding Heard’s replacement, current WKU associate head coach Greg Collins will likely be a prime candidate, WBKO has learned. Collins has been on the Western staff since 2012 after stints at Arkansas, Louisville, Manual High School and North Bullitt High School, on the AAU circuit and with the New York Liberty of the WNBA.

— Follow WBKO sportswriter Chad Bishop on Twitter @MrChadBishop