New Wyoming Cowboy Basketball Head Coach Larry Shyatt Begins Assembling His Coaching Staff
April 5, 2011
LARAMIE, Wyo. - New University of Wyoming head basketball coach Larry Shyatt began assembling his coaching staff on Tuesday by officially announcing the hiring of Scott Duncan as Associate Head Coach and Jeremy Shyatt as an Assistant Coach. Duncan comes to UW from UCLA, where he had served as an assistant coach for the past four seasons. Jeremy Shyatt, the oldest son of Larry, comes to UW after serving as an assistant coach at North Florida over the past two seasons.
"When putting together a quality coaching staff, having balance is a key ingredient," Larry Shyatt said. "Scott has tremendous experience in college basketball and is synonymous with working toward the best interests of the team. He is not only a lifelong friend, he is a terrific decision maker and is someone I have relied on many times over my career.
"Jeremy has been able to learn a great deal over the past eight years working with coaches Dave Odom, Ricky Stokes and Matthew Driscoll. On a personal and professional level, I couldn't be prouder to have Jeremy on our staff as we work to rebuild a tradition of success at Wyoming."
Duncan, who was also an assistant coach at Wyoming during the 1997-98 season, has more than 33 years of experience as a major college basketball assistant coach. A Columbus, Ohio native, he has been associated with Division I programs that have advanced to postseason play in 18 of the last 24 seasons.
Duncan comes to Wyoming from UCLA, where he served as an assistant coach for the Bruins for the last four seasons. During his four years at UCLA, the Bruins went a combined 98-42 overall and 50-22 in Pac-10 Conference play. The Bruins advanced to three NCAA Tournaments--reaching the Final Four in 2008, the Second Round in 2009 and the Third Round in 2011. The 2007-08 Bruins won the Pac-10 regular-season championship, as well as the league's postseason tournament.
Duncan continued to prove himself as a top national recruiter while at UCLA. The 2010 UCLA recruiting class was ranked No. 15 nationally by ESPN.com and the 2009 Bruins' class was ranked No. 4 by Scout.com.
Prior to making the move to UCLA, Duncan was an assistant coach at Oregon for seven years (2000-07). During his time in Eugene, the Ducks won three Pac-10 titles (the 2002 regular-season championship and the 2003 and 2007 tournament championships). Oregon also reached the "Elite Eight" of the NCAA Tournament twice (2002 and 2007).
Duncan proved himself as a terrific recruiter at Oregon, highlighted by the Ducks' 2004 recruiting class that featured all four freshmen who were ranked among the nation's top-75 players in the country.
Duncan has been honored numerous times as one of the top assistant coaches and recruiters in the country. He was recently named the eighth-best assistant in the country by Hoop Scoop and one of the nation's top-25 recruiters by Rivals.com. In 2001, he was selected as both one of the hardest-working assistant coaches and best recruiters in the nation in a pair of surveys compiled by Rivals.com's Dave Telep. In his coaching career, Duncan has helped attract recruiting classes that have been recognized among the top 25 in the country in 10 of the last 13 years.
In 2002-03, he also served as an assistant on the USA Basketball Junior National Team trials camp staff.
Prior to taking the job at Oregon, Duncan spent three seasons as an assistant to Shyatt. He was with Shyatt for two seasons at Clemson (1998-00) and the one season at Wyoming. After leading the Cowboys to a 19-9 record and the NIT in 1997-98, he helped lead Clemson to a 20-15 record in 1998-99, coached the ACC's leading scorer in Terrell McIntyre and helped the school sign four of the nation's top-100 recruits.
Other coaching stops for Duncan include Washington State (1995-97), Northern Illinois (1991-95), Fresno State (1991), New Mexico (1980-90) and Cleveland State (1978-80).
Duncan was born on Sept. 18, 1955 in Cleveland, Ohio. He graduated from the College of Wooster (Wooster, Ohio) in 1978 with a degree in physical education and economics. He was a three-year letterman in basketball for the Fighting Scots.
"Thirteen years ago, we had a great year here at Wyoming," Duncan said. "We were fortunate enough to win 19 games, make the NIT, have a few big crowds and bring in some great young men who ended up winning a couple Mountain West Conference Championships. What I am most looking forward to this time around is the challenge of duplicating that success.
"There are two reasons I decided to come back to Wyoming. The first is the relationship I have with Larry--we are best friends. It is also exciting to be able to coach with Jeremy, as I have known him since he was born. The second reason would be our relationship with Tom Burman. He was one of our best friends when we were here the first time, and to have him as our athletics director makes it a special time to come back. At this stage in my career, it is all about relationships and I am thrilled to be working with the people I am."
Jeremy Shyatt, the oldest of Pam and Larry's three sons, comes to Wyoming from North Florida, where he has spent the past two seasons as an assistant coach. At North Florida, Shyatt assisted head coach Matthew Driscoll, who was an assistant at Wyoming during the 1997-98 season under Larry Shyatt.
Over the past two seasons at North Florida, Shyatt helped build a resurgence of the Ospreys' basketball program. Over the past two years, North Florida won 28 games. In the four years prior to that, they won just 22 total games.
This past season, UNF finished 15-19 overall and 10-10 in the Atlantic Sun Conference. The 15 wins matched the most in school history and the 10 conference wins also set a school record. The Ospreys fell one game short of the NCAA Tournament, losing to Belmont in the Atlantic Sun Championship game. It marked the first time that North Florida had played in a conference championship game. In addition, North Florida won the Mayan Division of the 2010 Cancun Challenge. Prior to their trip to Cancun, the Ospreys traveled to Wyoming and beat the Cowboys in the Arena-Auditorium.
At UNF, Shyatt was involved in many facets of the program including on-court coaching, recruiting, opponent scouting, team academic progress, housing, camps, skill development and was the team's video coordinator. He also helped design the team's basketball locker room, and oversaw their Nike account and student-managers.
Prior to taking the job at UNF, Shyatt spent two seasons at Virginia Commonwealth University as the team's Director of Basketball Operations. During his stint at VCU, the Rams won two regular-season conference championships, advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 2009 and earned an NIT berth in 2008. He helped coach Eric Maynor, the 20th overall selection in the 2009 NBA draft and Larry Sanders, the 15th overall selection in the 2010 NBA draft. Maynor currently is a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder, while Sanders plays for the Milwaukee Bucks.
Shyatt held the same Director of Basketball Operations title at East Carolina University from 2005-07. From 2003-05, Shyatt was a volunteer assistant coach at the University of South Carolina. There, he earned a master's degree in integrated communication and advertising.
From 2002-05, Shyatt served as director of the Boys and Girls Summer Day Camps with the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers. Through this camp, Shyatt was able to meet Cavaliers' star, Carlos Boozer, who presently plays for the Chicago Bulls. In 2004, Shyatt and Boozer hosted a camp together in Boozer's hometown of Juneau, Alaska. Shyatt also worked for the Five-Star Basketball Camp in Coraopolis, Pa., during the summers of 2003 and 2004 as camp commissioner and counselor.
Shyatt went to college at Clemson, where he was heavily involved in the Tigers' basketball program. As a freshman in 1999-00, he earned a varsity letter as a member of the team. He then became a student assistant coach for the next three seasons. In 2000, he was named to the All-ACC Honor Roll. He earned his bachelor's degree in marketing from Clemson in 2003.
Shyatt played high school basketball in both Laramie and Clemson, earning three letter awards. He played his junior season at Laramie High School and his sophomore and senior years at D.W. Daniel High School. As a senior, he was named all-area by Easley Progress and Anderson Independent Mail. He was also named Academic All-State by the High School Sports Report.
Shyatt was born on May 15, 1981 in Cleveland, Ohio. He is the oldest of three children to Pam and Larry Shyatt. He has two younger brothers, Geoffrey and Philip.
"I am absolutely thrilled to be back in Laramie at a place where we have called home," Jeremy Shyatt said. "It is not very often in the coaching business that you get to go back to place like this. My family and I had some great experiences here and I am looking forward to building more.
"I am excited to work with my Dad and coach Duncan. While I have obviously known them as both coaches and people for a long time, I have never coached with them and I am really looking forward to doing so. I have worked with some great people like Dave Odom, Anthony Grant and Matthew Driscoll and I hope the experiences I gained from them help me in this chapter."