April 14, 2011
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Wyoming Cowboy basketball program added two staff members on Thursday, as head coach Larry Shyatt announced the hiring of Greg Zhelesnik as Director of Basketball Operations and Wes Long as Director of Player Development/Strength and Conditioning.
"I made a promise to the team that I would surround them with the best people I could and we have done that with both Greg and Wes," Shyatt said. "Not only were we able to get two terrific coaches, we were able to get people from two great basketball families in UCLA and Florida.
"I couldn't be more pleased to have Greg join us here at Wyoming. He is someone I have worked with and built a relationship with over the past two years at Florida. He has both the intellect and passion to become one of the great young basketball coaches in the country."
"Wes has tremendous knowledge of both strength and conditioning, as well as basketball. He will drive our players to reach their full potential, while also building great relationships with everyone in our program."
Zhelesnik comes to Wyoming from the University of Florida, where he spent the past two seasons working with Shyatt. At Florida, he worked as a graduate manager and video assistant. His responsibilities included analyzing game film, opponent scouting, film exchange, managing recruiting databases, and creating highlight and recruiting videos. He was also an assistant camp director for Florida's summer basketball camps.
Prior to working with the Florida basketball program, Zhelesnik worked as a Junior Associate/Head Law Clerk for the Robertson Group in Gainesville from 2006-09. He was admitted to the Florida State Bar in May of 2008.
Before taking the job at Florida, he had previous basketball experience at the high school level. He worked as an assistant girls' varsity basketball coach at St. Francis Catholic High School in Gainesville during the 2008-09 season and as an assistant varsity boys' basketball coach at Bronson High School in Bronson, Fla., from 2003-05.
While attending Florida as both an undergraduate and as a law student, Zhelesnik was a scout team player for the Gator women's basketball team. He also worked as an Assistant Learning Specialist at Florida in 2004, where he worked with athletic advisors on a variety of projects.
Zhelesnik received his bachelor's degree from Florida in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation in 2004. He then went to law school at Florida and earned his J.D. in 2007 from the Fredric G. Levin College of Law.
"I had a great experience working with Coach Shyatt over the past two seasons at Florida and am looking forward to building on that here at Wyoming," Zhelesnik said. "I am extremely honored to be a full-time staff member at Wyoming and be able to work with this great coaching staff. I have heard a lot of great things about UW, Laramie and the tremendous support given to the basketball staff. This is my first time living in the West and I am really looking forward to the opportunity."
Long comes to Wyoming from UCLA, where he served as the Men's and Women's Basketball Athletic Performance Coach. He spent four seasons at UCLA.
Prior to making the move to UCLA, Long spent four seasons at his alma mater, the University of Texas in Austin. Long served as the men's basketball assistant video coordinator during the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons. Prior to that, he worked as a graduate manager for the strength and conditioning program from 2004-07.
Long is a certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist from the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
He earned both his bachelor's and master's degree at the University of Texas. He received a bachelor's degree in advertising in 2003 and a master's degree in kinesiology in 2005.
Long and his wife Kristin welcomed a son, Chasen, on May 21, 2010.
"My family and I are thrilled to be at the University of Wyoming with Coach Shyatt and a great coaching staff," Long said. "This is a tremendous opportunity to work at a great place like Wyoming and I hope we can create something special here."