OFFICIAL: Steve Lepore Joins EKU Men’s Basketball Coaching Staff

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Following up on a story that first mentioned back on April 2nd (Daily Dirt – 4/2/18)…

Steve Lepore has joined the Eastern Kentucky men’s basketball staff as an assistant coach, head coach A.W. Hamilton announced on Monday.

The former Wake Forest standout and professional basketball player comes to EKU following three seasons as an assistant coach at Virginia Military Institute.

“Steve brings a wealth of basketball experience as a coach and former player,” Hamilton said. “He’s a proven winner, playing a part on championship teams in high school, prep school, NCAA and the professional level. Steve will be a huge asset to our program, developing and recruiting our players.”

While at VMI, Lepore helped develop QJ Peterson, a 2017 first team All-Southern Conference selection and current professional basketball player in Korea. Lepore was also pivotal in signing several recruits, including Bubba Parham, the 2018 Southern Conference Freshman of the Year.

Prior to coaching at VMI, Lepore served as an assistant coach for two seasons at Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Virginia. He was also the head strength and conditioning coach.

During Lepore’s tenure at Hargrave, the post-graduate squad posted a 70-12 record and attained No. 3 and No. 5 national rankings.

Lepore helped develop several Hargrave players who landed at Power Five conferences such as the ACC, Big Ten and SEC.

“I can’t put it into words how excited I am for the opportunity to work for A.W. Hamilton on the EKU men’s basketball staff,” Lepore said. “Coach Hamilton truly believes in developing well-rounded young men on and off the court, which is what coaching is all about. I’m really looking forward to learning from one of the best up-and-coming head coaches in the business.”

Lepore’s coaching resume also includes an extended run as an assistant coach at his alma mater, St. Edward High School in Lakewood, Ohio. He worked with the school’s freshman team during the 2004-05 season. After a year playing professionally, Lepore returned as a varsity assistant coach from 2006 through 2011. St. Edward went to 2 OHSAA Final Fours, one OHSAA Championship Game and sent 10 players to NCAA Division-I schools during that time frame.

Lepore played collegiately at Wake Forest from 2001 to 2003. He was co-captain of the last Wake Forest team to win the ACC regular season championship, as the 2002-03 Demon Deacons finished with a 25-6 record. Lepore won the Murray Greason Leadership Award that season.

Lepore began his collegiate career at Northwestern, playing for the Wildcats from 1998 to 2000 before transferring.

After college, Lepore had stints in professional basketball both overseas and in the U.S. He was a member of the USA Basketball Junior World Championship Team as a shooting guard in 1998 and 1999, winning the gold medal in the Dominican Republic in 1998 and the silver medal in Portugal in 1999. Lepore was the leading scorer on both teams that featured 10 future NBA players.

Lepore spent five years as a personal trainer and sports performance trainer in both Chicago and Cleveland.

He also worked in private business as a regional marketing and custom business manager for both Spalding and Russell Athletic.

Lepore received his B.A. in Communications with a minor in International Studies from Wake Forest in 2003.

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