Wyoming hires state native Sundance Wicks as new coach

Wyoming hired Sundance Wicks as its new head coach on Sunday, three days after Jeff Linder departed to take an assistant coaching job at Texas Tech.Wicks, 43, is a native of Gillette, Wyo., and served as an assistant coach with the Cowboys from 2020-23.Wicks coached Green Bay to an 18-14 record last season and was named Horizon League Coach of the Year. He had inherited a 3-29 squad.”First off, please know that I am honored, humbled and immensely grateful for this opportunity at the University of Wyoming,” Wicks said in a news release. “This opportunity would have never been possible without the belief that Green Bay chancellor Mike Alexander and athletics director Josh Moon had in our mission and vision a year ago at UWGB. …”You cannot put into words what it means for a kid from the country 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) departed.