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Ex-assistant Vandiver rejoins Wyoming hoops staff

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

Vandiver 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.