Ben Betts, who has 30 years of coaching experience, including three seasons as head coach at S.C. State, has been named an assistant men’s basketball coach at Western Carolina.

He replaces Monty Sanders, who left to become an assistant at UNC-Wilmington after two years on the WCU staff.

“We’re excited and so fortunate to have Ben join our coaching staff and family here at WCU,” Coach Mark Prosser said. “Ben possesses vast and very successful experience, as well as extensive knowledge of the game of basketball. He was a successful Division I head coach, is tremendous both on the court and in recruiting, and he’s exceptional at development and building relationships with players.”

Betts spent the previous five seasons as an assistant at Georgia Southern. He was on the staff at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis one year, after three seasons as an assistant at Tennessee State.

“I am extremely excited to have the opportunity to work for Coach Prosser, join his staff, and be a part of the Catamount program,” Betts said. “I have a great deal of respect for Coach Prosser in what he has done as an assistant over the years and now as the head coach of Western Carolina. I am also very excited about the players and everyone involved with the program and Western Carolina University. I can’t wait to get started.”

Betts spent the 2011-12 season as director of basketball at the Spectrum Sports Academy in Roanoke, Virginia. From 2006-11, he served as an assistant at Oklahoma.

Betts was the head coach at S.C. State from 2003-06 and directed the Bulldogs to the regular-season conference championship in 2004 with an 18-11 record. The following season, S.C. State went 19-11.

A native of Madison Heights, Virginia, Betts began his coaching career as an assistant at S.C. State from 1990-97 before spending the next five seasons as an assistant at College of Charleston.

A 1990 graduate of Roanoke College, Betts was a four-year letterman and helped the Maroons reach the 1987 NCAA Division III tournament. He earned a master’s degree from S.C. State in 1997.