Morehead’s Spradlin becomes youngest DI coach in country


MOREHEAD, Ky. (WTVQ) – Morehead State University officially named its 14th head men’s basketball coach Tuesday.  Preston Spradlin is keeping the reins.

Spradlin stepped in last season in the interim following Sean Woods’ departure.

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The former Betsy Layne, Alice Lloyd product and one-time UK staffer earned a four-year contract.  Nothing was given here by MSU to the youngest coach in NCAA division one hoops right now.

The Commonwealth’s own knows it.  It’s why Spradlin’s happy to have beaten out the best in a national search for the future of the Eagles program.

Spradlin’s focus has been on the team since day one.  Now, the one-time “fake head coach” as he dubbed himself to his players, who he honored and thanked in front of everyone during his biggest moment, is ready to continue moving MSU in the right direction.

Hear from Spradlin in the video.

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Alex Risen joined the ABC 36 News team in October of 2011 as ABC 36’s Weekend Sports Anchor/ Sports Reporter. Alex can also be seen Friday nights co-anchoring the Highschool Highlight Reel. Alex started out in the broadcast business while still in college at the University of Kentucky, heading up the school’s daily student news network as the Sports Director. He made his commercial televsion debut in May of 2011 while at WYMT in Hazard, Kentucky as co-host of a weekly, half-hour high school sports program previewing area schools’ games on Friday nights and as a morning sports anchor. Alex has also spent time as an intern at ESPN in the Statistics and Analysis department, as a production assistant for NBC Sports horse racing and Sunday Night Football productions, and as an intern for WLKY in his hometown of Louisville, KY. Alex graduated from Saint Xavier High School in 2007 and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism and Political Science from the University of Kentucky in 2010 where he graduated magna cum laude from the Honors Program. He’s excited to be covering his passion in his home state and make Central Kentucky his home for years to come. Alex can be reached at