Glenville, W.Va. - Glenville State College Head Women’s Basketball coach Bernard ‘Bunky’ Harkleroad has presented his letter of resignation effective Wednesday, October 9th so he can lead the women’s basketball program at Sacramento State.
“I’m very grateful for my time here at Glenville State College. 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,” stated Harkleroad.
Coach Harkleroad took over the program in 2009 and has been at the helm of the Lady Pioneers for four seasons. During his time at GSC, he racked up a 91-31 overall record. He also led the Lady Pioneers to a WVIAC Tournament Championship in 2010-11 and a WVIAC Regular Season Championship in 2012-13.
In addition Coach Harkleroad led the Lady Pioneers to two NCAA Division II Tournament appearances.
Coach Harkleroad has had five players earn WVIAC 1st Team Honors: Donita Adams (’09-’10), Tenisha Wilson (’10-’11;’11-’12), Mishae Miles (’11-’12), Ginny Mills (’12-’13), and Kenyona Simmons (’12-’13).
He has also had a WVIAC Player of the Year in Donita Adams as well as had two All-Americans in Donita Adams and Ginny Mills.
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, California. 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.
“In August 2009, the name Bunky was foreign to most people of Glenville, West Virginia. Not to mention a last name like Harkleroad. Quickly Coach Bunky Harkleroad became part of our vocabulary and a big part of our GSC Athletic Department. He was not only a tremendous coach to our women’s basketball team, but the Harkleroad family became a vital part of our campus and community. As he begins a new chapter of his coaching career at Sacramento State, the members of the GSC Athletic Department wish Coach Bunky Harkleroad only the best of all things West Coast. To us, he will continue to be a good friend, along with guy that enjoys the great outdoors, and a good chocolate dipped ice cream cone. He will be greatly missed by our staff and by the members of the team he coached,” stated GSC Athletic Director Janet Bailey.
Glenville State College will immediately begin a search to replace Harkleroad.