McClain Hires Vonn Webb as Assistant Basketball Coach

June 28, 1999


University of Wyoming headbasketball coach Steve McClain announced today the hiring of Vonn Webb as anAssistant Basketball Coach with the Cowboys. Webb's hiring is subject toUniversity of Wyoming Board of Trustees approval.

Webb has been the head basketball coach at Washington Union HighSchool in Fresno, Calif., since 1995. During his time as head coach, he hasguided Washington Union to CIF State Championships in 1996 and 1999. Webbalso led Union to four consecutive league championships, in 1996, 97, 98 and99, and four straight Valley Championships from 1996-99. He was named theCalifornia State Coach of the Year for the 1996-97 season, and was named bythe Fresno Bee newspaper as the Central Section Coach of the Year in 1996,98 and 99. Webb's head-coaching record stands at 110-13.

"I'm excited to add Vonn (Webb) to our staff," said McClain. "Whenyou look at his background, and his ability to win two state championshipsin California -- that's an impressive history. The people I've talked tothroughout the country who know Vonn, and who've watched his teams play,have great respect for him and for his coaching abilities. Anytime you winchampionships, that shows you know something about winning, and it shows youknow something about getting people to work together toward a common goal.We're looking forward to having Vonn join our staff and help us continue tobuild the Wyoming Basketball program."

Webb has had eight of his former players go on to play at the NCAADivision I level. He was a two-sport letterman in football and basketballat Western New Mexico University in Silver City, N.M., from 1986-89. Afterreceiving his bachelor's degree in education from Western New Mexico, Webbbegan his teaching career at Clovis, Calif., where he taught from 1989-95.From 1993-95, he was the head junior varsity coach and assistant varsitycoach at Clovis High School. In the fall of '95, Webb was hired atWashington Union High School in Fresno where he has been the head basketballcoach up until accepting the job at Wyoming. He is currently working on hismaster's degree in educational administration.

"This has been a dream of mine since I could dribble a basketball,"said Webb. "I've always wanted to coach at the college level. I want tothank Coach McClain for giving me this opportunity. I'm going to work ashard as I can to help Wyoming Basketball build on its recent success. Ithink through my experience as both a teacher and a coach, I have learnedwhat it takes to motivate young men. I can't wait to start working with theyoung men on the Wyoming team."

Webb is 35 (born July 3, 1963), and is a native of Junction City,Kan. He and his wife, Sincerae, have two children. Their daughter, Taelor,is six years old, and their son, Taelin, is three. Webb replaces formerWyoming assistant coach Tony Barbee, who recently accepted an assistantcoaching position at his alma mater, the University of Massachusetts.