Tracy Webster Joins DePaul Basketball Staff

Former Kentucky assistant coach Tracy Webster has agreed to return to his hometown of Chicago to join the DePaul men's basketball coaching staff under head coach Jerry Wainwright.

A native of Harvey, Illinois, Tracy Webster returns to the Chicago area as an assistant coach with DePaul. Webster has a reputation for recruiting top notch basketball prospects from Illinois as well as on the national stage.

Webster comes to DePaul following a two-year run as an assistant coach at the University of Kentucky. Tracy previously served as an assistant at the University of Illinois for three years. Webster also worked at Purdue (2003-04) and Ball State (2001-03) as an assistant. While in Muncie, Ind., he helped the Ball State Cardinals to the school's first outright MAC West Division Championships and the Elite Eight of the NIT in 2002.

Recruiting the city of Chicago has been a point of emphasis for Blue Demons' coach Jerry Wainwright and DePaul Athletic Director Jean Lenti-Ponsetto. With his outstanding recruiting ties, it is obvious that Webster has been brought in to help with that goal.

"I have known Tracy since he was a player and I have always admired his passion for the game," Wainwright said in a statement. "He is an outstanding young professional who brings great experience and knowledge to our program."

"Chicago is one of those cities that is really tough to leave, so it's nice to be back," Webster said in a release. "Growing up, I knew all about DePaul. I have always admired the history here and what Ray Meyer was able to build. I am thrilled to be back in Chicago as a member of the Blue Demon family working with Coach Wainwright and the administration to help build a successful program. We have some great kids already in the program. We play in arguably the best conference in basketball and we have great fans who are ready to support a winner. This is a wonderful opportunity for me and I'm excited to be here."

Webster was a three-year letterwinner and three-time team captain for the Wisconsin Badgers from 1992-94. He was team MVP and earned second-team All-Big Ten honors in 1992, was a third-team all-conference pick in '93 and earned honorable mention honors in '94.

Webster is the University of Wisconsin school record holder for career assists (501) and ranks second in career steals (183). He also stands 12th on the Badgers' career scoring chart with 1,264 points. He owns two Wisconsin season records, setting marks for 3-point percentage (.490 in 1991-92) and assists (179 in 1992-93).

After wrapping up his playing career, Webster served as the coordinator of community outreach programs at Wisconsin from 1994-97. He began his coaching career as the head freshman and varsity assistant coach at Verona High School in Wisconsin from 1997-98. He then served as an assistant at Division II Wisconsin-Parkside during the 1998-99 season.

Prior to his stint at Ball State, Webster spent 1999-2000 as the director of Webster Extramural Basketball Productions and as a care coordinator at Willowglen Academy in Milwaukee.

Webster earned his bachelor's degree from Wisconsin in 1995. He is married to the former Shenetta Richardson.

Tracy Webster Coaching Career

Verona (Wis.) High School, Assistant Coach 1997-98
University of Wis.-Parkside, Assistant Coach 1998-99
Ball State University, Assistant Coach 2001-03
Purdue University, Assistant Coach 2003-04
University of Illinois, Assistant Coach 2004-07
University of Kentucky, Assistant Coach 2007-09

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