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March 26, 2013Follow @SeanWKURivals
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News broke last night that WKU assistant coach Phil Cunningham was going to be named the new head coach at Troy, and today, the Trojans made it official.
Cunningham joined the WKU staff last season after spending the previous 12 seasons as an assistant coach at Mississippi State where he worked with the Bulldog guards and was known as a savvy recruiter.
All of his recruiting classes he was involved with at Mississippi State were nationally recognized. He was also part of a successful run for the Bulldogs where they made six NCAA Tournament appearances in 11 seasons.
Before his stint at Starks-vegas, Cunningham spent five seasons as an assistant under old school legend "Lefty" Driesell at James Madison and Georgia State.
Current Troy athletic director John Hartwell was the associate athletic director at Georgia State while Cunningham was there under Driesell. There is your connection.
Cunningham also had a three-year stint as the head coach of Sue Bennett College, which is located in London, Ky for those that are wondering. He led them to two postseason NAIA tournament appearances.
Cunningham is native of Campbellsville, Ky., where he began his coaching stint on his father's staff at Campbellsville University.
He was an all-state basketball player at Taylor County High School before playing college basketball at Kentucky Wesleyan and Campbellsville University.
Cunningham has the resume and pedigree to be a successful head coach and with the facilities and the brand spankin' new basketball arena at Troy, success is just around the corner.
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