RICHMOND – Brett Rector, who has spent the past two seasons with the men’s program at the University of Pikeville, is the new women’s basketball assistant coach at Eastern Kentucky University, head coach Chrissy Roberts announced earlier in the week.
Rector helped Pikeville capture the NAIA national championship in 2011.
“I am excited to announce the addition of Brett to my coaching staff,” Roberts said. “Brett joins our EKU family with the reputation of being a tireless worker with championship credentials. Anytime you can add a national champion to the fold, there is invaluable experience involved and I am excited about the energy and enthusiasm that Brett will bring to the Lady Colonel family.”
After spending his first season at UPIKE as an assistant coach, Rector was promoted to associate head coach last summer. In addition to serving as the team’s recruiting coordinator, his duties with the Bears included scouting, video, strength training and conditioning, perimeter and post player development, academic monitoring, travel planning, and practice and game coaching.
Rector helped Pikeville to a school record 30 wins on its way to winning the national championship in 2011. UPIKE beat five of the top nine seeds in the national tournament. The Bears finished the season among the top seven in 10 statistical categories, including leading the nation in steals, three-point field goals made and scoring. He recruited and coached three NAIA All-Americans in two seasons.
“While he was at Pikeville, Brett was involved in all phases of the program and I look forward to him stepping right in as we continue to strive for success and championships here at EKU,” said Roberts.
Before arriving in Pikeville, Rector spent two seasons as an assistant at West Virginia Tech. In 2008-09 he helped the team to its first 20-win season in 19 years, including a win over No. 1 ranked Mountain State.
Rector played four seasons at Davis & Elkins College in West Virginia. He scored 1,249 career points and hit 300 three-pointers during his career. He was selected All-West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in 2007 and 2008. Rector led the nation in three-pointers per game in 2006-07 and was second in NCAA Division II in 2007-08.
The Ravenswood, W.Va. native earned first team all-state honors in football and basketball at Ravenswood High School in 2003. He holds 17 school passing records including 4,500 yards and 47 touchdowns. He scored 1,250 career points and led West Virginia in three-pointers made in 2001 and 2003.
Rector earned a bachelor’s degree in history at Davis & Elkins in 2008 and a master’s in sport management from West Virginia University in 2009.
Eastern Kentucky finished the 2011-12 season with a 13-16 record and a 7-9 mark in the OVC. All five starters and a total of seven letter winners are expected to return for the 2012-13 season. Six of those seven will be seniors.