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[MAY 18, 2004]  CHAMPAIGN -- Head coach Bruce Weber announced Monday the hiring of Tracy Webster as an assistant coach on the Fighting Illini basketball staff.

A native of Harvey, Webster comes to the University of Illinois after serving this past season as an assistant at Purdue. Prior to coaching in the Big Ten, Webster spent three seasons as an assistant at Ball State, from 2001-03. While in Muncie, Ind., he helped Ball State to the school's first outright Mid-American Conference West Division championship and the Elite Eight of the National Invitation Tournament in 2002.

"When searching for a new member of your coaching staff, you look for someone who is familiar, someone who will be loyal and someone who fits in with the rest of the staff," Weber said. "Tracy Webster is someone I got to know when I interviewed him for a position at Southern Illinois, and I've actually recommended him for a couple of positions over the past few years. Tracy brings a great connection to Chicago after a terrific career at Thornton High School. He knows the Big Ten Conference after being one of the better players at Wisconsin and serving as an assistant at Purdue for the past season. In his career at the Division I level, Tracy has had the opportunity to branch out and recruit many areas of the country, making him even more valuable. Our assistant coaches played a big part in the search, and all were strongly in favor of Tracy joining the Illini."

Webster was a three-year letter winner and three-time team captain at the University of Wisconsin from 1992-94. He was team MVP and earned second-team all-Big Ten honors in1992, was a third-team all-conference pick in '93 and earned honorable mention honors in '94.

Webster is the school record holder for career assists (501) and ranks No. 2 in career steals (183). He also stands 11th 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).


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

Prior to his tenure 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.

"I'm very excited," Webster said. "This is a great opportunity at this point in my career. Being from Illinois, I've watched those guys play over the years, and I'm aware of the great tradition at the U of I. I'm looking forward to working with Coach Weber, who really understands the game. It's exciting to become a part of the Illini family."

Webster, 33, earned his bachelor's degree from Wisconsin in 1995. He is married to the former Shenetta Richardson.

The Tracy Webster file

Born: April 7, 1971

Hometown: Harvey, Ill.

High School: Thornton

College: University of Wisconsin; B.A., Afro-American studies, '95

Family: Wife, Shenetta

Coaching experience:

1997-98 -- Verona (Wis.) High School, assistant coach

1999 -- University of Wisconsin-Parkside, assistant coach

2001-03 -- Ball State University, assistant coach

2004 -- Purdue University, assistant coach

[Kent Brown, assistant athletics director,
sports information director,
University of Illinois]

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