Harkleroad made it official on Wednesday, October 15 with a letter of resignation.
"I'm very grateful for my time here at Glenville State College. We've had some of the best times of our lives in Glenville, and this is an amazing community. On behalf of my family, I would like to thank President Barr and his wife Betsy, Janet Bailey, Mr. Ike Morris and his family, and also Doug Cottrill for their unwavering support. Most importantly, I would like to thank all of the players we've coached here at GSC. There have been some outstanding young people in our program and our success has been because of them. I can't say enough about the support on campus and in the community," Harkleroad said.
Harkleroad was hired in 2009 and coached the Lady Pioneers for four seasons. His overall record in Glenville was 91-31. Some of his biggest wins included a WVIAC Tournament Championship in 2010-11 and a WVIAC Regular Season Championship in 2012-13.
Additionally, Harkleroad also led Glenville State to two Division-II Women's Basketball NCAA appearances.
He coached five players that earned All-WVIAC First Team honors, including Donita Adams, Tenisha Wilson, Mishae Miles, Ginny Mills and Kenyona Simmons. On top of that, Adams and Mills were both All-American selections under his watch.
During the 2012-13 season, Harkleroad was named WVIAC Coach of the Year, leading the Lady Pioneers to a 27-4 overall record. A couple of other records were also shattered that year. Harkleroad's team averaged 95.4 points per game, which was the most in the country. His team also led the nation in three-point field goals made per game with 14.
Harkleroad replaces Jamie Craighead, who recently took the women's basketball head coaching position at San Jose State.
Sacramento State is a member of the Big Sky Conference. The Hornets are a Division-I program and finished last season with a 19-12 overall record. Sacramento State lost to Montana 74-53 in its conference tournament last year.
"In 2009, the name 'Bunky' was foreign to most people in Glenville, West Virginia. Not to mention a last name like 'Harkleroad'. Quickly, Coach Harkleroad became part of our vocabulary and a big part of our GSC Athletic Department. He was not only a tremendous coach to our women's basketball team, but the Harkleroad family became a vital part of our campus and community. As he begins a new chapter of his coaching career at Sacramento State, the members of the GSC Athletic Department wish Coach Bunky Harkleroad only the best of all things West Coast. To us, he will continue to be a good friend, along with a guy who enjoys the great outdoors, and a good chocolate dipped ice cream cone. He will be greatly missed by our staff and by the members of the team he coached," GSC Athletic Director Janet Bailey said.
Harkleroad's former assistant coach, Charles Marshall, has been named as the new Women's Basketball Head Coach at Glenville State. A press conference introducing Marshall will be held on Thursday, October 17 at 1:30 p.m.