Eli Pepper of Caldwell County is the basketball coach at West Kentucky Community and Technical College (WKCTC). He and his players, the West Kentucky Stars, are ready for the season to get underway.

Pepper is a graduate of Caldwell County High School where he excelled in basketball, football and baseball. He attended Lipscomb University, an NCAA, Division 1 school, on a basketball scholarship.

Pepper was a standout basketball athlete during his time at Lipscomb.

He graduated in 2019 holding the NCAA’s 25th spot for all-time defensive rebounds and 203rd in NCAA history for total rebounds.

He also holds the third spot for all-time rebounds in the Atlantic Sun (ASUN) Conference and the number one spot at Lipscomb University. Pepper earned a bachelor’s degree in corporate management, and after graduation, his success on the court led to a contract with Scotland’s only professional basketball team, The Glasgow Rocks, part of the British Basketball League.

He served as a basketball coach for Caldwell County Schools before accepting the coaching position at WKCTC.

“We are looking to create an exceptional culture for the WKCTC basketball program, and I believe we have all of the pieces to do so,” said Pepper. “Our administrative support has been impeccable, and I am eager to see how much excitement, momentum and fun can be created from the support of our fans. Those two aspects of our support systems will be key contributors to the WKCTC Stars reaching their true potential.”

The full schedule and roster for the 2021-2022 West Kentucky Stars can be found on the WKCTC website, search for basketball. Masks are required in WKCTC campus buildings.