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Sundance hired Wicks as the new head coach at Wyoming

Just days after Jeff Linder resigned, Wyoming has hired a familiar face as its new head men’s basketball coach. The school announced Sunday that former assistant Sundance Wicks will lead the Cowboys after spending the 2023-24 season as head coach at Green Bay, where he went 18-14 and was named Horizon League COY.

Wicks is originally from Gillette, WY and spent three seasons on Linder’s staff with the Cowboys before leaving a year ago.

“First, please know that I am honored, humbled and deeply grateful for this opportunity at the University of Wyoming,” Wicks said. “This opportunity would never have been possible without the belief that Green Bay Chancellor Mike Alexander and athletic director Josh Moon had in our mission and vision at UWGB a year ago. To that end, I would like to thank Director of Athletics Tom Burman and UW President Edward Seidel for their confidence in me and what we will do for the university and this great state in the future. 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.

Green Bay’s hiring of Wicks was widely considered one of the best of the 2022-2023 cycle, as the 43-year-old quickly turned around a Phoenix program that had won a combined 16 games in the three seasons prior to his arrival. It was just his first year as a D-I head coach, with his only previous head coaching experience at D-II Missouri Western (2018-2020).

Wicks had a pretty significant buyout considering how recently his deal was signed, but Wyoming will collect a significant buyout from Linder and Texas Tech to cover the costs of bringing Coach “Sunny” home.

“We couldn’t be more excited to welcome Sundance Wicks back to Wyoming,” said AD Tom Burman. “Sundance will add great energy to our program and to the entire state of Wyoming. 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.

The Cowboys last played in the NCAA Tournament in 2022 when Wicks was still on the staff and have finished below .500 in each of the two seasons since.

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