Sundance Wicks Named Next Head Coach at Wisconsin-Green Bay
LARAMIE -- Sundance Wicks is the new head coach at Wisconsin-Green Bay after spending the previous three seasons as an assistant at Wyoming, according to Scott Venci of the Green Bay Press Gazette.
This will be Wicks' second head coaching job, his first at the Division-I level.
It was reported earlier in the week that Wicks was one of five finalists to take over a program that went 3-29 a season ago, joining John Brannen, John Tharp, Ben Johnson and Doug Gottlieb.
Current UWGB Athletics Director Josh Moon spent nine in that same position at Northern State, a Division-II school in Aberdeen, S.D. That also happens to be Wicks' alma mater (1999-2003 )and a place he roamed the sidelines as an associate head coach from 2016-18. Wicks also made stops at Colorado (2006-07), Northern Illinois (2007-11) and San Francisco (2015-16). Wicks' first head coaching opportunity came back in 2018 when he took over the program at Missouri Western.
Under Moon's watch, Wicks helped lead Northern State to the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference regular season and postseason championships. The Wolves claimed the Central Region Championship and appeared in the National Championship for the first time in program history in 2018.
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Wicks, a Gillette native, just completed his third season at Wyoming. During his brief stint on the high plains, he has helped lead the Cowboys to an appearance in the First Four of the NCAA Tournament and coached the Mountain West Freshman of the Year, Marcus Williams, and the conference's preseason Player of the Year, Graham Ike.
Wicks served as the Cowboys' acting head coach in last week's league tournament in Las Vegas. He stepped in for Linder, who was back home in Denver with his ailing father. Wyoming fell to New Mexico 87-76 in the quarter-finals, capping a forgettable season that saw the program finish 9-21 overall and 4-14 in conference play.
This news comes on the heels of Wyoming losing three players in two days to the NCAA Transfer Portal. Noah Reynolds and Nate Barnhart jumped in the fray on day one of the 60-day window and Jeremiah Oden announced Tuesday he was seeking a transfer.
Wyoming currently has eight available scholarships with only Brendan Wenzel publicly announcing he attends to return to Laramie next season. Kenny Foster, Caden Powell, Xavier DuSell, Ike and Wenzel are currently the only remaining scholarship players on the roster.
Now Linder has a coaching vacancy to fill, too.
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