April 7, 2000
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Leroy Washington, an assistant atOregon State University, has joined Steve McClain's staff at Wyoming, theCowboy head coach announced Friday.
Washington, whose appointment is subject to University Trusteeapproval, replaces Steve Roccaforte who resigned to accept an assistant'sposition at Memphis State University.
"Leroy is a great addition to our staff," McClain said. "He bringsa tremendous amount of experience to the position. I have watched himclosely through the years and have a great deal of respect for him. I reallylike the fact that he is familar with this part of the country having goneto school at Montana. We feel very fortunate to have him in our program."
Washington, 37 (born Oct. 28, 1963), is a native of Long Beach,Calif. He earned a bachelor of science degree in physical education fromthe University of Montana in 1988. He played basketball at Montana wherehe lettered all four years (1982-85). He played in 98 career games and wasthe recipient of the team's John Eaheart Award as the program's topdefensive player.
Washington came to Oregon State from Montana where he was anassistant coach for five seasons. During his five years there the Grizzliesposted a record of 104-41, averaging 21 victories per season. Montanaappeared in the NCAA Tournament in 1992, the NIT in 1995, and earned two BigSky Conference titles.
"I understand the basketball tradition of this school especiallywith coaches like Jim Brandenburg who, like myself, coached at Montana.It's nice to get back to this area of the country. There is a greatcommittment to men's basketball here at this school. I also believe thatthis is a program on the rise, and it's great to be a part of it."
Washington also has been an assistant at Cal Poly-Pomona from 1989through 1991, a graduate assistant at Montana (1986-89), and a graduateassistant at Long Beach State (1985).
Washington and his wife, Heidi, have two sons Mychael and Jayson.
McClain said he also is searching for assistant to replace Vonn Webbwho resigned to pursue other coaching opportunities. Webb was with theWyoming program for one season.