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Wyoming hires national Sundance Wicks as its new coach

UWGB head coach Sundance Wicks pumps his fist after a made basket against Oakland University on Thursday, Jan. 25, 2024, at the Resch Center in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  UWGB won the match 69-59 and moved into first place in the Horizon Competition.  Tork Mason/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin

UWGB head coach Sundance Wicks pumps his fist after a made basket against Oakland University on Thursday, Jan. 25, 2024, at the Resch Center in Green Bay, Wisconsin. UWGB won the match 69-59 and moved into first place in the Horizon Competition. Tork Mason/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin
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Wyoming hired Sundance Wicks as its new head coach on Sunday, three days after Jeff Linder left to take an assistant coaching job at Texas Tech.

Wicks, 43, is originally from Gillette, Wyo., and was an assistant coach with the Cowboys from 2020-2323.

Wicks coached Green Bay to an 18-14 record last season and was named Horizon League Coach of the Year. He inherited a 3-29 team.

“First, please know that I am honored, humbled and deeply grateful for this opportunity at the University of Wyoming,” Wicks said in a news release. “This opportunity would never have been possible without the faith that Green Bay Chancellor Mike Alexander and athletics director Josh Moon had in our mission and vision at UWGB a year ago. …

“You can’t put into words what it means for a kid from the back roads outside of Gillette to represent the state of Wyoming and the Cowboys as their new head basketball coach.”

Wyoming athletic director Tom Burman wasted no time pursuing Wicks after Linder (63-59 in four seasons) left.

“Sundance will add great energy to our program and to the entire state of Wyoming,” Burman said. “As a native of this great state, Wicks knows the pride Cowboy fans have in the program and he will work tirelessly for his student-athletes and the community.”

Among Wicks’ stops as an assistant coach were Colorado (2006-07), Northern Illinois (2007-11) and San Francisco (2015-16). He also spent two seasons as head coach at Division II Missouri Western, where he posted a 30-32 record from 2018 to 2020.

Wyoming went 15-17 last season for its second straight losing season, following a 25-9 mark and NCAA Tournament appearance in 2021-2022. The Cowboys lost 66-58 to Indiana in the First Four in Dayton.

— Field-level media