Vandiver worked at Northern Colorado last season

Updated: May 4, 2005, 8:49 PM ET
Associated Press

LARAMIE, Wyo. -- Shaun Vandiver has returned to the Wyoming basketball coaching staff.

Vandiver, a standout player at Colorado, previously served as a graduate assistant with Wyoming in 2002-03. He went to Bowling Green as a full-time assistant for the 2003-04 season and coached this past season at Northern Colorado.

"To be able to bring back an individual of Shaun's caliber is a big positive for our program," Wyoming coach Steve McClain said. "My relationship with Shaun goes all the way back to when he was a player on our 1988 national championship team at Hutchinson.

"He is a hungry, young coach, who has a love for this part of the country, and a love for this university in particular, having been here before. ... With his success as a player at the collegiate level and as a professional in Europe, he will provide our big men with the knowledge and experience to make them better."

Vandiver played a season under McClain at Hutchinson Community College in Kansas, then transferred to Colorado, where he helped end a 22-year postseason drought by leading the Buffaloes to the NIT semifinals in 1991.

He was the first-round draft choice of the Golden State Warriors in the 1991 NBA Draft and No. 25 overall but wound up playing nine years in Europe.

"This is an opportunity that I'm extremely excited about," Vandiver said. "I appreciate Coach McClain giving me this chance to come in and contribute to an outstanding program."

Vandiver grew up in Bolingbrook, Ill. He and his wife, Danielle, have five children.

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