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Spradlin Leaves Morehead State to Lead James Madison Dukes

MOREHEAD, Ky. (WMDJ) – Morehead State has announced head men's basketball coach Preston Spradlin is leaving the Eagles program and has accepted the head coaching position at James Madison University.


The Floyd County native and Betsy Layne alumnus was named interim coach at Morehead during the 2016-17 season following the dismissal of Sean Woods. Spradlin was hired full-time the following season and has since posted a (140-109) record, winning two Ohio Valley Conference Tournament championships and led the Eagles to a pair of appearances in the NCAA Tournament.


Director of Athletics Kelly Wells released a statement saying, "We absolutely want to thank Coach Spradlin for raising the prominence of our men's basketball program to championship level and wish nothing but the best for his family and him as they move forward.” "Preston and his staff engaged and excited the community and created a winning culture on and off the court, developing our young men into servant leaders. Our goal with our next head coach and staff is to maintain that level of excellence in our program and build upon our recent success so that Morehead State men's basketball remains the premier program in our conference and competes year in and year out for championships."


This past season was historic for Morehead State as the Eagles won a record 26 games. Spradlin will leave as the third winningest men’s basketball coach in program history.


Spradlin takes the reigns of a James Madison program that found success this season as the Dukes upset Wisconsin in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament last week before losing to Duke 93-55.