Cowgirl Basketball Program Completes Staff

June 10, 2003

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Laramie, Wyo. (June 10, 2003) -- University of Wyoming head women's basketball coach Joe Legerski, Tuesday, announced the completion of his staff with the hiring of Gerald Mattinson as an assistant coach with the Cowgirl program. His duties will officially begin June 16, 2003.

Mattinson joins the Cowgirl coaching staff after spending the last two years as the Principal at East Junior High School in Rock Springs, Wyo.

He began his college basketball career as a student-athlete at Casper College for head coach Oscar "Swede" Ericson. While there, he was a First Team All-American and All-Region selection in 1978. Mattinson then moved onto a three-year career at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. He earned All-Conference honors twice during his career for head coach Neil McCarthy. A two-time Academic All-American selection, he graduated from Weber State with a bachelor's of science degree in business education in 1981. He completed a master's of sports science degree from the United States Sports Academy in 1988 and earned his principal endorsement from the University of Wyoming.

Mattinsons' professional coaching career began at Weber State as an assistant coach with the men's basketball program during the 1981-82 season. From 1982-1987, he was the head boy's basketball coach at Rock Springs High School. He earned Wyoming State Coach of the Year honors and was named Conference Coach of the Year twice. During that time, Mattinson also worked as an assistant coach with the Western Wyoming Community College men's basketball program in Rock Springs. He was elevated to an Assistant Athletic Director and the Head Men's Basketball Coach in 1991 and held the position until 1998. After the 1998-99 season, he became an assistant with the women's for one year. Mattinson had been a business education teacher at Rock Springs High School since 1982 before taking his current position in June of 2001.

Mattinson, and his wife, Carey are the parents of three children, stepson Morgan Splichal (18),

stepdaughter Tiffany Splichal (17) and son Ashton (6).

"Gerald brings a tremendous amount of basketball knowledge to our staff," said head coach Joe Legerski. "He has an excellent rapport with young people and is committed to Wyoming and improving the Cowgirl basketball program."