May 4, 2005
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
University of Wyoming head basketball coach Steve McClain officially announced on Wednesday the hiring of Shaun Vandiver as an Assistant Basketball Coach. Vandiver comes to Wyoming from the University of Northern Colorado, where he was an assistant coach for the 2004-05 season.
Vandiver previously served as a graduate assistant with the Wyoming Cowboy Basketball program in the 2002-03 season. He moved on to Bowling Green University as a full-time assistant coach for the 2003-04 season, before coaching last year at Northern Colorado.
"To be able to bring back an individual of Shaun's caliber is a big positive for our program," said McClain. "My relationship with Shaun goes all the way back to when he was a player on our 1988 National Championship team at Hutchinson (Community College).
"He brings a lot of energy to our coaching staff. He is a hungry, young coach, who has a love for this part of the country, and a love for this university in particular, having been here before.
"Shaun is well-known along the Front Range -- dating back to his time as a standout player at CU (the University of Colorado). With his success as a player at the collegiate level and as a professional in Europe, he will provide our big men with the knowledge and experience to make them better."
Vandiver was an outstanding player at Colorado 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 for both the 1989-90 and 1990-91 seasons. His senior season, he 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.
"This is an opportunity that I'm extremely excited about," said Vandiver. "I appreciate Coach McClain giving me this chance to come in and contribute to an outstanding program.
"It made it even more intriguing to return to Laramie, where I have ties, having been a part of the program and the community before. Coach McClain has brought a lot of success to Wyoming Basketball, and I'm looking forward to continuing that success."
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).
A native of Boling Brook, Ill., he and his wife, Danielle, have five children Aubrey (age 17), Amber (13), Garin (11), Alessandra (3) and Gage (2).
Vandiver's hiring is subject to approval by the University of Wyoming Board of Trustees.