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PIKEVILLE University of Pikeville Men's Basketball Coach Kelly Wells has promoted Brett Rector to the position of associate head coach.
Wells made the announcement on Friday as the university prepares for next week's incoming student body for the 2011-12 school year.
Rector helped lead the Bears to the NAIA Div. I men's basketball national championship in his first season with the club. Rector was hired in April 2010 after spending two seasons as assistant coach at fellow Mid-South Conference club WVU Tech.
Coach Rector has made significant contributions to our men's basketball team and our university as a whole, said Wells. I am very grateful to him and this is the next step in his progression as a basketball coach. Brett has a great future and is very deserving of this promotion. He is a tireless recruiter, great on-court coach and wonderful with our student-athletes.
Rector, who holds a Master of Science in Sport Management from WVU Tech, was a three-year team captain at Davis and Elkins, from which he received his Bachelor's Degree in History/Political Science.
A two-time All-WVIAC selection, Rector scored 1,249 points as a sharp-shooter who hit 300 three-point shots. He led the nation during the 2006-07 school season by hitting 4.1 threes per game and was second the following year at 4.0 treys per contest.
Rector was instrumental in the recruitment of All-American point guard Vance Cooksey and Quincy Hankins-Cole, a transfer from Nebraska who recently signed a professional contract to play for Snaefell in Iceland's top-level Express League.
Cooksey and Hankins-Cole were two of the top three scorers for the Bears' national championship team, which set a school record with 30 wins last season.
Rector was a first-team all-state basketball and football player for Ravenswood, W.Va., High School as a senior, where he set 17 passing records as a quarterback and led the state in three-point shots made for two seasons.
The Bears will open the 2011-12 regular season on Saturday, Oct. 29 when they host Union College at the East Kentucky Expo Center at 7 p.m.
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