Matt Wilber has been hired to take over as the head Men’s basketball coach at Dakota Wesleyan University.
Wilber – who becomes the 19th head coach in DWU Men’s basketball history – takes over for Shane Murphy, who resigned in May after three years with the program to pursue a career outside of coaching. Wilber comes to Dakota Wesleyan with a resume full of state and local connections and basketball experience at all levels of the game.
Most recently, Wilber – a Miller, S.D., native – was the director of the Sanford-Tibbetts Instructional Basketball School (TIBBS) with Nate Tibbetts, who was hired in May as an assistant coach for the Portland Trail Blazers. Wilber ran the basketball school, which worked with between 800 and 1,000 basketball players from around the area each year.
Prior to his work at TIBBS, Wilber was an assistant coach at South Dakota State University for two seasons and the University of Sioux Falls for one season.
Wilber worked under Shane Murphy for one season at USF in the 2003-04 season.
Wilber got his start in coaching at Augustana College, his alma mater. He was a student assistant from 2002-03 for coach Perry Ford.
Wilber and his wife, Lindsay, have four sons: twins Benjamin and AJ, 7; Nathan, 5 and Tyson, four months. They currently reside in Sioux Falls, but plan to begin the transition to Mitchell immediately. He also said he plans to start the recruiting process immediately and plans to be on the road this weekend looking at players.
Tim Wiedenbach will continue as the assistant coach with Wilber this coming season.