OFFICIAL: Mark Vershaw Joins Western Illinois Staff

Back on June 11th, reported that Virginia administrative staffer Mark Vershaw would be named as an assistant on Billy Wright’s staff at Western Illinois.  The official announcement was made today when Wright introduced Vershaw, completing Western Illinois’ coaching staff for the 2015-16 season.

Mark Vershaw, who spent time at Illinois State during the 2011-12 academic year, recently concluded his third season on staff with the University of Virginia men’s basketball program. Vershaw joined the Cavalier program in the fall of 2012 and recently concluded his master’s degree in education at UVa. Mark also holds a master’s degree in sport management from Western Illinois University (2010).”I am very pleased to add Mark to my coaching staff,” said coach Wright. “He’s been very successful as a player and coach at the highest level. He’s participated in the NCAA Final Four, was part of the staff at Virginia that won the ACC, and brings a wealth of knowledge as a former head coach, that will help move our program forward, especially with the development of our post players and our defense.”

Vershaw played collegiately at Wisconsin from 1997-2001 for head coach Dick Bennett. He scored 1,066 career points during his career and was the leading scorer on the Badgers’ 2000 NCAA Final Four squad. He became just the sixth forward in Big Ten history to register at least 1,000 points, 400 rebounds and 300 assists over a career.

“Mark is a man of high integrity, understands what Division I coaching is all about, and comes highly recommended from some of the best in the business,” concluded Wright.

Vershaw was the head coach of Monmouth College (Ill.) for four seasons from 2007-11. He also has coaching experience on the staffs at Cornell, Washington State and Illinois Central College.

“I am thrilled for the opportunity to join Coach Wright’s staff at Western Illinois University. His program does it the right way, with the right kind of players. I look forward to adding my experiences as a player and as a coach in helping to develop these young men on and off the court,” said coach Vershaw.

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