Ball State University has completed its men's basketball coaching staff. Scot Bunnell, Angres Thorpe and Tracy Webster have been named assistant coaches, according to first-year head coach Tim Buckley.
"I am very excited to have completed my first coaching staff," Buckley stated. "These are three quality young men who have a variety of coaching and playing experiences from which to draw from. It was very important for me to set up a staff that understands the student-athlete, as well as, the game of basketball. These three are a great combination. We are looking forward to progressing through the summer and bringing an exciting brand of basketball to Ball State University."
Bunnell, who spent the 1998-99 and 1999-2000 seasons on the BSU staff, returns to Ball State after a brief stint at the University of Houston. When former Cardinals' head coach Ray McCallum left Ball State for Houston, Bunnell followed to serve as an assistant with the Cougars, but returned after Buckley was named Ball State's head coach. Prior to his two years at Ball State, Bunnell was an assistant coach at Central Florida Community College in Ocala, Fla., in 1996-97 and 1997-98. During the 1994-95 and 1995-96 seasons, Bunnell was an assistant coach at Anderson University. A 1996 graduate of Ball State, Bunnell began his coaching career while a student at BSU as the head freshman and assistant varsity coach at Wapahani High School from 1991 though 1994. Bunnell is pursuing his master's degree at Ball State.
Thorpe comes to Ball State after spending the 1996-97 through 1999-2000 seasons as an assistant at Lewis University in Romeoville, Ill. Thorpe helped the school to a 75-37 mark in his four seasons, including two trips to the NCAA Tournament. Thorpe, who served as the team's recruiting coordinator, was responsible for recruiting Illinois, Wisconsin, Ohio, Iowa and all junior colleges. Prior to his position at Lewis, Thorpe was a graduate assistant at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa, from 1993-94 through 1995-96, where he also served as an admissions counselor. At Loras, he also served as the head coach of the junior varsity team. A 1990 graduate of St. Leo College in St. Leo, Fla., Thorpe was pursuing a master's degree at Lewis. Thorpe received honorable mention on the 1989 All-Sunshine State Conference Team as a collegiate student-athlete after earning two-time All-Catholic League honors as a high school star at Fenwick H.S. in Chicago, Ill.
A 1995 graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Webster comes to Ball State after spending 1999-2000 as the director of Webster Extramural Basketball Productions and as a care coordinator at Willowglen Academy in Milwaukee, Wis. In 1998-99, Webster was an assistant coach at Wisconsin-Parkside. In 1996-97 and 1997-98, Webster served as the head freshman and assistant varsity basketball coach at Verona High School in Verona, Wis. From 1994-97, he served as the coordinator of community outreach programs at the University of Wisconsin. As a collegiate student-athlete, Webster served as the Badgers' team captain for three seasons and was ranked as one of the top 100 University of Wisconsin Athletes of the Century by the Wisconsin State Journal in 1999. He completed his career as the record holder of 10 marks in UW history, including assists in a career (501), assists in a season (179), steals in a career (183), steals in a season (69) and three-point percentage in a season (.490). Buckley was an assistan t coach at Wisconsin in 1993-94 when Webster was a senior at UW. A graduate of Thornton H.S., Webster was selected as the sixth-best point guard in Chicago area history by the Chicago Sun Times in 1992.
--BSU Athletic Communications