West Liberty Women's Basketball Camp
Head Coach Kyle Cooper
Coming off a 21-win season driven by one of the nation’s most prolific offenses and capped by an NCAA Division II Tournament bid, Kyle Cooper rides a wave of momentum into his third season as head coach of the West Liberty University women’s basketball program.
Not only were Cooper’s high-powered Hilltoppers the third-leading scoring team in the nation at 85.1 ppg., they ranked among the Top 10 nationally in 11 statistical categories. The Black and Gold were No. 2 in the nation (out of more than 300 NCAA Division II squads) in 3FGs/Game (10.3), Assists/Game (20.7) and Blocks/Game (6.2).
West Liberty returned to the Atlantic Region rankings for the first time since the 2015-16 team’s “Sweet 16” run. The 21-10 record was the Lady Hilltoppers’ 16th 20-win season in the past 20 years and came against one of the most challenging schedules in the nation. Eight of the 10 losses came against regionally- or nationally-ranked foes.
Cooper’s talented crew also pulled off a rare “double” with consensus All-America center Marissa Brown leading the nation with 328 field goals – the most by an NCAA D2 woman in more than a decade – while junior sharpshooter Morgan Brunner led all NCAA D2 women with 108 3-point field goals. Sophomore guard Audrey Tingle ranked among the Top 10 nationally in Assists/Game (6.8) for the second straight year.
The WLU head man has built quite a resume of success. After four years as lead assistant for the WLU women under legendary head coach Lynn Ullom, Cooper took the reins when Ullom stepped down to accept the role of full-time athletic director. West Liberty went 82-45 (.646) during Cooper’s four years as an assistant with three 20-win seasons.
Back-to-back MEC titles in 2015 and 2016 highlighted that run. The 2016 squad set a school record by going 29-5 and spent the entire season ranked in the USA Today coaches’ Top 25, finishing at No. 18 after the first “Sweet 16” run in school history.
Cooper caught the coaching bug during his 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 years (2007-10) as head student manager and graduate assistant for Coach Mike Carey with the WVU women’s basketball team. 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.
Cooper graduated summa cum laude from WVU 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 children, Brody and Cali.