WIAC assistant takes over at Houghton

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Houghton College hired UW-River Falls assistant coach Lance Westberg as its new head men's basketball coach. He replaces Corky McMullen who stepped down last month to move to Oklahoma.

Hougton Director of Athletics Matthew Webb announced the hire via press release on July 23.

"We are thrilled to have Coach Westberg join our staff," said Webb in the release. "His success as a recruiter, and his experience and familiarity within NCAA D3 basketball have prepared him well for this position."

Westberg spent the last five seasons as an assistant to Jeff Berkhof at UW-River Falls. Westberg was a part of coaching staff that was honored as WIAC Coaching Staff of the Year in 2017 when the Falcons won the conference title and reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Westberg also coached the Falcons' women's golf team and was named WIAC Coach of the Year in that sport in 2018.

Westberg played four seasons of college basketball at Northwestern (Minn.) where he won three consecutive UMAC titles from 2011 through 2013. He earned his bachelor's degree from Northwestern (Minn.) and his master's degree from Concordia-Irvine.

Westberg replaces Corky McMullen who stepped down in June to take a teaching and coaching job in Oklahoma. After winning 10 games in McMullen's first season, Houghton won five total in the next two. The Highlanders went 1-24 last season and 15-60 during McMullen's tenure.