April 4, 2007
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
New University of Wyoming head basketball coach Heath Schroyer announced on Wednesday the hiring of three coaches as members of his first staff at Wyoming.
Schroyer named Fred Langley associate head coach and Shaun Vandiver and Anthony Stewart as assistant coaches for the Cowboys. Langley comes to UW after serving as an assistant coach at Fresno State the past two seasons. Vandiver will continue in his assistant-coaching role at Wyoming where he has been an assistant the past two seasons. Stewart joins the Wyoming staff after coaching most recently at Long Beach State.
Fred Langley is Schroyer's choice as associate head coach. Langley has a long-standing relationship with Schroyer. Langley and Schroyer were both assistant coaches at Fresno City College in the mid-1990s under current Fresno State and former BYU head coach Steve Cleveland. Langley served as an assistant at Fresno City College for three seasons.
In the 2004-05 season, Langley joined Schroyer's staff at Portland State, helping guide the Vikings to a 19-9 (.679) record and the Big Sky Conference Championship.
For the past two seasons, 2005-06 and 2006-07, Langley has served as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Fresno State, while Schroyer served as the associate head coach for the Bulldogs.
Langley is no stranger to the Rocky Mountain region. He was head basketball coach at Montbello High School in Denver, Colo., for the 2002-03 and 2003-04 seasons. While in Colorado, Langley also coached the Colorado Pump-and-Run AAU team.
An outstanding recruiter, Langley was responsible for recruiting Quinton Hosley, who earned Second Team All-Western Athletic Conference honors for both the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons.
Langley graduated from Fresno State in 1987. In his 20-plus years in coaching, he has also served as head coach at Central High School in Fresno, Calif.; and as interim head coach at Kings River Community College in Reedley, Calif. -- now known as Reedley College.
Langley and his wife, Christine, have one son, Payton, and one daughter, Kayla.
"I've known Fred (Langley) for almost 15 years," said Schroyer. "I feel very fortunate to have someone of his expertise and talent with me as we build this program. He's a proven winner. He's been with me at two different schools and has helped build successful programs. Fred will be the associate head coach, and will be someone I will rely on heavily in all areas."
Shaun Vandiver was retained by Schroyer when putting together his first coaching staff at UW. Vandiver will be entering his third season as a full-time assistant coach with the Cowboys when the 2007-08 season tips off next fall. He returned to the University of Wyoming Basketball program in the summer of 2005 in a full-time coaching role. He was originally a graduate assistant at Wyoming back in the 2002-03 season.
After his original time at Wyoming, Vandiver moved on to Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. Vandiver served as a full-time assistant coach for one season at Bowling Green in the 2003-04 season. Immediately prior to returning to Laramie, Vandiver was an assistant coach at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colo., for the 2004-05 season.
Vandiver was an outstanding player at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colo., from the 1988-89 season through the 1990-91 campaign. While at CU, Vandiver earned Big 8 Newcomer of the Year honors his first season, and was named First Team All-Big 8 Conference his next two seasons -- 1989-90 and 1990-91. His senior season, Vandiver led the Buffs to the National Invitation Tournament finals in New York City, where they finished third.
He was the first round draft choice of the Golden State Warriors in the 1991 NBA Draft -- the No. 25 overall pick.
After his collegiate career, Vandiver enjoyed a nine-year professional playing career in Europe. He played for teams in: Bologna, Italy (1991-92); Bilbao, Spain (1992-93); Girona, Spain (1993-94); Reggio Calabria, Italy (1994-95); Las Palmas, Spain (1995-97); and Madrid, Spain (1997-2001).
Vandiver is 38 years old (born June 15, 1968), and is a native of Boling Brook, Ill. He and his wife, the former Danielle Dodgion, have five children: Aubrey, Amber, Garin, Alessandra and Gage.
His daughter Aubrey completed her first season as a member of the Wyoming Cowgirl Basketball team in the 2006-07 season. Aubrey Vandiver was a key contributor in the Cowgirls' run to the 2007 WNIT Championship.
"I've been really impressed with Shaun (Vandiver) over the years, seeing him out on the road recruiting," said Schroyer. "His loyalty to the University of Wyoming and to the players in this program has been very, very apparent to me. As a former great college player himself, I believe Shaun has a unique perspective to offer young people about what it takes to succeed at this level on and off the court. Through his years here at Wyoming, he has developed a real love for this University and this program. I'm extremely happy to have him on my staff."
Anthony Stewart brings six years of college coaching experience with him to Wyoming. He has two years experience as an NCAA Division I coach, serving as an assistant at Long Beach State for the 2004-05 and 2005-06 seasons before returning to graduate school this past year to complete his master's degree in business administration. As an assistant coach at Long Beach State, Stewart recruited Aaron Nixon, who was the No.1 ranked junior college player in the country as ranked by the Sporting News. Nixon went on to earn Big West Conference Player of the Year honors for the 2006-07 season, and was also named an Honorable Mention All-American by the Associated Press.
Prior to coaching at Long Beach, Stewart was the top assistant at Columbus State Community College in Columbus, Ohio. While at Columbus State, he helped develop that program into one of the top Division II junior college programs in the country. In his final season as an assistant coach at CSCC, the Cougars posted a 29-2 record, and were ranked No. 1 in the country before losing to eventual national champion Cuyahoga Community College. Stewart recruited three All-Americans and five First Team All-Conference selections while at Columbus State. The Cougars posted an 86-36 (.705) record in his time at CSCC.
A native of Akron, Ohio, Stewart was a two-sport star at Mount Union College in Alliance, Ohio. He was twice named Most Valuable Player of the Mount Union basketball team, and concluded his college career ranked in the Top 10 in school history in scoring. Stewart also was a two-year letterman in baseball as a pitcher.
He received his bachelor's degree in business management at Mount Union in 1993, and completed his MBA from the McDonald School of Business at Myers University in Cleveland, Ohio, in the fall of 2006.
Stewart and his wife, Cheryl, have two sons, Anthony and Parker, and one daughter, Skylar.
"I've know Anthony (Stewart) for quite some time," said Schroyer. "He brings with him a great deal of recruiting experience in the Midwest, which is an area of the country I want us to recruit more heavily. Anthony has proven through the years that he is not only a fine recruiter, but is also an outstanding young basketball coach and a great communicator.
"In putting this staff together, I wanted to find individuals whose abilities not only complemented each other but who were focused on building a program for the long term. It was also important to me to hire individuals who were quality people and who had the ability to communicate well with both our student-athletes and our fans. These three coaches possess all of those characteristics, and I can't wait to go to work with them."