Harkleroad steps down as GSC women’s coach

GLENVILLE, W.Va. – Glenville State College women’s basketball coach Bernard ‘Bunky’ Harkleroad has presented his letter of resignation effective Tuesday, so he can lead the women’s basketball program at Sacramento State.

“I’m very grateful for my time here at Glenville State College,” Harkleroad said. “We’ve had some of the best times of our lives in Glenville, and this is an amazing community. On behalf of my family, I would like to thank President Barr and his wife Betsy, Janet Bailey, Mr. Ike Morris and his family, and also Doug Cottrill for their unwavering support. Most importantly, I would like to thank all of the players we’ve coached here at GSC.

“There have been some outstanding young people in our program and our success has been because of them. I can’t say enough about the support on campus and in the community.”

Coach Harkleroad took over the program in 2009 and has been at the helm of the women’s basketball program for four seasons. During his time at GSC, he racked up a 91-31 overall record.

He also led the Pioneers to a WVIAC Tournament Championship in 2010-11 and a WVIAC regular season championship in 2012-13.

In addition Coach Harkleroad led the Pioneers to two NCAA Division II Tournament appearances.

Last season, Coach Harkleroad was named the WVIAC Coach of the year as he led GSC to a 27-4 record. During that time the Glenville State women’s basketball team led the NCAA in scoring per game with 95.4 points, and was best in the country in made three-point field goals per game with 14.

Coach Harkleroad has accepted the job at NCAA Division I Sacramento State in Sacramento, Calif. He now takes over a Hornets program that went 19-12 a season ago before falling to Montana 53-74 in their conference Tournament.

The Hornets are a member of the Big Sky Conference.

Harkleroad replaces former Hornets Head Coach Jamie Craighead as she resigned in September to take over San Jose State.