Sources: Wyoming hires Sundance Wicks as basketball coach

Wyoming has agreed to a five-year contract to hire Sundance Wicks as the Cowboys’ new men’s basketball coach, sources told ESPN on Sunday.

Wicks coached Green Bay last season, where he led the Phoenix to an 18-14 record – 15 more wins than the previous season, which was one of the biggest turnarounds in college basketball.

A native of Gillette, Wyoming, Wicks was a former assistant with the Cowboys from 2020 to 2023. He also coached at Missouri Western from 2018 to 2020.

He replaces Jeff Linder, who in recent days was finalizing a deal to become the top assistant coach at Texas Tech after going 63-59 in four seasons with Wyoming.

Wyoming’s program has made 16 NCAA tournament appearances. The most recent came under Linder in 2022, with Wicks as an assistant, when Wyoming lost in the First Four. Prior to that performance, Wyoming last reached the NCAA Tournament in 2015 under Larry Shyatt.

Wicks’ resume includes extensive experience as an assistant coach in Division I, with stops in San Francisco, Northern Illinois and Colorado.

He led Green Bay to immediate success in his only season there, as the Phoenix finished third in the Horizon League and was named the conference’s coach of the year. The team’s 13 conference wins were the most by the Phoenix since the 2013-14 season.

Wicks also won the Joe B. Hall National Coach of the Year, awarded each year to the top first-year head coach in Division I college basketball.

Green Bay’s improvement was reflected in both the win column and efficiency metrics, as the Phoenix improved to 230th in the rankings last season under Wicks after finishing third in 2022-23 (No. .361).