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Tony Kemper
Tony Kemper

HUNTINGTON, WV – Marshall University women’s basketball coach Matt Daniel announced the hiring of associate head coach Tony Kemper on Monday.

Kemper, 32, is the second hire by Daniel for the Thundering Herd, joining Caronica Randle to complete the transition of Daniel’s former University of Central Arkansas staff.

“I am excited to have Tony join us,” Daniel said. “He has been with me for two years as an associate head coach, and we have won 45 games, been to postseason twice, and won a (Southland) conference championship.  He shares our staff’s vision for this level of play, and sees the potential in what Marshall can become on a national level in college basketball.”

Under Daniel’s direction, UCA transitioned from NCAA Division II, and Kemper helped the Sugar Bears to their first Division I conference title and three 21-win seasons.

Kemper’s tutelage of inside players helped the Sugar Bears gain two Southland Player of the Year honors and a Defensive Player of the Year.

“I am thrilled to get the chance to come with Coach Daniel to Marshall University,” said Kemper. “It is a great opportunity for my family and me to move to such a nationally well-known university in a great athletic conference.  We are excited as a staff about the future and are ready to begin building a program that everyone in the Marshall family will be proud of and excited to go watch play.”

Before a two-year stint with Daniel, Kemper served as an assistant coach for the Central Arkansas men’s basketball program for four years.

Two professional players emerged from UCA during Kemper’s years with the men’s program -- the leading scorer in Portugal’s Proliga pro league in 2011, Nate Bowie, and professional center Durell Nevels.

Prior to UCA, Kemper was an assistant coach at Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College – one of the nation’s most successful junior college programs.

At Hutchinson, he oversaw day-to-day operations of the program and directed the Blue Dragons’ strength and conditioning program while also serving as a mathematics and physical education instructor.

The Logan, Kan., native also held the head coaching spot at Quivira Heights High School in Bushton, Kan., in 2003-04 and guided QHHS to a No. 1 seed to the regional tournament.

His coaching career began in ’02-03 as an assistant at Hill City (Kan.) High School.

Kemper received a bachelor’s degree in finance from Fort Hays State University in 2001 and a BBA in Business Education in 2003. He also earned a master’s degree in organizational leadership from Fort Hays in 2008.