West Liberty University President Dr. Stephen Greiner and WLU athletic director Lynn Ullom introduced Kyle Cooper as the new head coach of the West Liberty University women’s basketball program on May 5, 2017.
Cooper had served as a member of West Liberty’s women's basketball staff for the past four seasons, where he filled the role of associate head coach and recruiting coordinator. He replaces Ullom, who stepped down after a legendary 26-year coaching career to accept the role of full-time athletic director.
The Lady Hilltoppers’ new head coach has played a significant role in helping build on the program’s tradition of excellence since arriving on the hilltop campus. The WLU women have posted three 20-win seasons with Cooper on the sidelines while compiling an impressive 82-45 (.646) record during his four seasons with the program.
Cooper helped lead the Black and Gold to back-to-back Mountain East Conference championships in 2015 and 2016. The 2016 squad set a school record by going 29-5 and spent the entire season ranked in the USA Today coaches’ Top 25. That Lady Hilltopper team finished the season ranked No. 18 nationally after a “Sweet 16” run that included a regional semifinal win against defending national champion California (Pa.).
Cooper caught the basketball coaching bug during his undergraduate days as a student at West Virginia University. He served as assistant head manager and basketball camp counselor for Coach John Beilein’s Elite 8 and Sweet 16 NCAA Tournament men’s basketball teams during Cooper’s first two years at WVU (2005-06).
The Waterford, Pa. native spent the next four seasons (2007-10) as head student manager and graduate assistant for Coach Mike Carey with the Mountaineers’ women’s basketball program. The WVU women advanced to post-season play all four years, earning three trips to the NCAA Tournament and a WNIT berth.
Cooper left Morgantown in 2010 to serve as Director of Women’s Basketball Operations for head coach Semeka Randall at Ohio University. He spent one season with the Lady Bobcats before accepting an assistant coaching position at Wheeling Jesuit and came to West Liberty after two years at WJU.
An outstanding student, Cooper graduated summa cum laude from West Virginia in 2008 with dual bachelor’s degrees in Sport Management and Athletic Coaching Education along with a minor in Business Administration. He earned a master’s degree from WVU in Educational Leadership with a focus on Higher Education in 2010.
Kyle and his wife, Katie, are a West Liberty family as Katie is the university's Director of Financial Aid. They live in Follansbee, W.Va. with their son, Brody.