Wildcats coach honored along with Lou Holtz and Gary Williams
Doug West, an Altoona, Pa., native who ranks fifth on the Wildcats' all-time scoring list, returned to Villanova in June 2011 for his second tour of duty as an assistant coach. West previously spent three seasons on the coaching staff from 2007-10, a period during which the 'Cats won 77 games, including seven in the NCAA Tournament.
"We're delighted to welcome Doug back to the staff," stated Villanova head coach Jay Wright. "Doug is a Villanova legend and his commitment to this community has never wavered. As a longtime NBA player he brings a unique perspective to our staff and his dedication to the development of our young men makes him a great asset as a coach."
During his four seasons on the Main Line, the 6-7 West was one of the most prolific scorers in Villanova history. He totaled 2,037 points from 1985-89 and still ranks fourth all-time on the school's scoring list. In 1988, he helped lead the Wildcats to the Elite Eight and was named to the all-Southeast Regional team for his efforts. Wright served as an assistant coach on that Villanova staff.
West, 44, was later named to the Big Five Hall of Fame for his work as a Wildcat.
After graduating with a degree in communications, West was selected in the second round of the National Basketball Association draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves. He played for the Timberwolves for nine seasons, averaging a career-best 19.3 ppg in 1993 and remains ranked third on the team's all-time list for points (6,216), field goals made (2,530), games played (609) and minutes played (15,603). Following the 1998 season, he was traded to the Vancouver Grizzlies, where he played until his career concluded in 2001.
West returned to his native western Pennsylvania after his playing days were complete. From 2001-03, he served as the boys' varsity and junior varsity assistant coach at Canon-McMillan High School in Canonsburg, Pa. In 2004, he became athletics director and strength and conditioning coordinator at Mount de Chantal Visitation Academy in Wheeling, W. Va. From there he moved on to become an assistant women's basketball coach at Duquesne University for the 2006-07 season.
West is the father of two children, Tyson (14) and Braedyn (12).