NKU Women’s Basketball hires former Cat Anthony Epps to staff as assistant coach

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HIGHLAND HEIGHTSKy. (NKU Athletics) – Northern Kentucky University women’s basketball head coach Camryn Whitaker announced the addition of Anthony Epps to her staff on Wednesday, adding the Kentucky native as an assistant coach effective immediately.

“We are absolutely thrilled Coach Epps decided to join our family at Northern Kentucky University,” exclaimed Whitaker. “I had the privilege of coaching Anthony’s daughter, Makayla, at the University of Kentucky and can’t wait to have him alongside helping lead our talented group of young women. His playing experience at a championship level, knowledge of the game and ability to coach and develop players will help our team reach another level! We welcome Anthony and his family to Norse Nation and can’t wait to get started.”

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Epps stated, “I’m grateful and blessed to be joining the women’s basketball staff at Northern Kentucky University. Thank you Coach Whitaker for this amazing opportunity in the next chapter of my life. I am excited to work with this staff and team as we compete for Horizon League Championships! To God be the Glory! #NorseUp.”

With more than a dozen years of coaching experience at a variety of levels and among a plethora of sports, Epps has honed his coaching acumen. Most recently, Epps was the head boys basketball coach at Campbellsville High School, where he led the team to the 5th Region All-A Tournament Championship and worked as an Exceptional Child Education Teacher. Prior to serving as the boys head coach, he was the girl’s head coach at Campbellsville for three seasons, being named the 5thRegion Co-Coach of the Year in 2017.

Epps is no stranger to success in the Bluegrass State. Following a distinguished prep career that included a 1993 KHSAA State Championship for Marion County High School, he went on to an exceptional career at the University of Kentucky where he was a member of the 1996 NCAA National Championship team and then helped lead the Wildcats to the Final Four in 1997 as a team captain. UK went 124-19 in his four seasons playing in Lexington. Epps still ranks in the top-10 in four different statistical categories for Kentucky, including second all-time in assists (544).

Northern Kentucky went 20-12 overall, including a 12-6 Horizon League record, in the 2019-20 campaign. The Norse ran through the first two rounds of competition in the Horizon League Tournament before falling in the final seconds of an exhilarating semifinals matchup. NKU returns nine players from last year’s team, including four of its top five scorers.

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Bryan Kennedy hails from the Bluegrass State. He was born and raised in Owensboro, KY where he graduated from Apollo High School in 2006. Bryan graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Spanish in 2010. He also received his master's degree in Sports Media and Branding from Western Kentucky University. While at UK, Bryan was the general manager of the on-campus TV station. He also did sports reporting, anchoring, producing and even the weather for UK Student News Network. While working for UKSNN, he also had the pleasure of covering Coach John Calipari's first press conference when he was introduced as the new head coach of the Kentucky Wildcats; easily one of his favorite moments as a young sports reporter. Before coming to ABC 36, Bryan was a morning anchor and reporter at WXXV News 25, our sister station in Gulfport, MS. He anchored more than four hours of news every day, including morning shows on NBC and Fox. While down south, Bryan had the opportunity to cover the Sugar Bowl, New Orleans Saints and the New Orleans Pelicans. After spending a little more than two years at WXXV, Bryan is extremely excited to return home. In his spare time, Bryan enjoys playing sports, especially rugby. He also enjoys crossfitting and watching sports (obviously). He's extremely excited to cover Central Kentucky. Feel free to say hello and send story ideas toBKennedy@wtvq.com