WKU Men’s Basketball: Stansbury back on sidelines after surgery

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – After missing four games due to a lingering back injury, one which he had surgery to address, WKU Men’s Basketball Head Coach Rick Stansbury returned to coaching practice on Wednesday, according to a release from the program.

Stansbury is also expected to coach the Hilltoppers as they travel to Norfolk, Virginia, on Saturday for a rematch with Old Dominion to start Conference USA Bonus Play.

Assistant coach Marc Hsu filled in during Stansbury’s absence, leading the Tops to wins at Rice, at North Texas, and against Middle Tennessee State inside Diddle Arena.

Players were certainly happy to have their head coach back.

“It feels good. I’m glad he’s okay,” said WKU sophomore guard Taveion Hollingsworth. “We’re all glad he’s okay. You know, just glad to have him back. We were playing like he never left. I know he’s proud of that. I know he’s happy to be back.”

Hollingsworth is correct about that last statement – the Tops ring leader couldn’t wait to get back on the court.

“I’m just glad to be back,” Stansbury added. “As a head coach I’ve never had to [sit out due to an injury]. I couldn’t sit there and watch the games. I couldn’t do that…There’s a lot of things to try to figure out but I’m glad to be back trying to figure them out.”