He's Back: Vandiver Returns as Cowboys Hoops Assistant

LARAMIE — Shaun Vandiver is back.

An assistant coach on the Wyoming basketball staff from 2005-10, Vandiver stepped down as the head coach at Emporia State on Thursday to accept an offer to rejoin the Cowboys as an assistant on the staff of head coach Allen Edwards.

Vandiver  fills the vacancy created by the resignation of Tony Pujol to become the head coach at North Alabama.

“We are excited to be able to hire a man with such a great reputation and respect level in this business,” Edwards said. “He is a man I have known since entering the business 17 years ago. I’m happy to have him as a member of our staff and bring him back home to the Cowboy basketball family.”

Vandiver came to Wyoming as a graduate assistant during the 2002-03 season, and returned for the 2004-05 season as a full-time assistant to Steve McClain, who Van Diver played for at Hutchinson Junior College. He remained for a year with Heath Schroyer before leaving to become the head coach at Emporia State.

“I’m excited for the opportunity to join coach Allen Edwards and the staff in Laramie,” Vandiver said. “My family and I are excited to head back to a community that we have wonderful memories and affection for. 

“... I like the way the Cowboy basketball program has progressed, and my goal is to help the coaching staff keep it going, and take it to another level. I’m just ready to do whatever coach Edwards needs me to do for this program. I’m all in.”

Vandiver led Emporia State to five Mid-America Athletic Association tournaments during his time at Emporia State. In his first season as head coach, he became only the second coach in MIAA history to lead his team to the tournament championship game in his first season.

After playing his freshman year at Hutchinson Junior College, Van Diver transfered to Colorado, and was voted the Big Eight Newcomer of the Year in 1989. In three years with the Buffs, Van Diver became the third leading scorer (1,876) and rebounder (962) in Colorado history. Selected by the Golden State Warriors with the 25th pick in the 1991 NBA draft, Vandiver then spent nine years playing in Europe before returning to Colorado as a volunteer assistant for the 2001-02 season while he finished his degree in sociology.

He served as a graduate assistant at Wyoming for the 2002-03 season, and after spending a year each as a full-time assistant at Bowling Green (2003-04) and Northern Colorado (2004-05) he joined the staff of McClain at Wyoming on a full-time basis.

His daughter Aubrey attended Laramie High School, and played for coach Joe Legerski at Wyoming, earning MW Player of the Year honors for the 2010-11 season.

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