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UW Basketball names Jeff Linder as new head coach

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. – On Tuesday, March 17th, 2020, University of Wyoming Athletic Director, Tom Burman announced that Jeff Linder will become the 22nd head coach of the Cowboy Basketball Team.

During his four seasons at the helm of Northern Colorado Linder garnered a 80-50 (.615) record.

Linder was named the Big Sky Coach of the Year during the 2018-19 season leading the Bears to 15 conference wins for a program record.  The Bears tied that record of 15 conference wins again in the 2019-20 season. Over the last three seasons.

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“Jeff (Linder) turned around the basketball program at Northern Colorado and developed his team into one of the premier programs in the Big Sky Conference.” Burman said. “Jeff possesses many important qualities I was looking for in a new head coach for Cowboy Basketball. First and foremost, he is a proven winner as a head coach. Jeff also has great knowledge of the region and the Mountain West Conference. His brand of basketball will be great for our Cowboy fans to watch, as his teams play with great offensive efficiency and play a tough hard-nosed style of defense. We couldn’t be more excited to have Jeff lead Wyoming Basketball into a new era.”

Linder helped lead Northern Colorado to its first postseason title in 2017-18, as the Bears won the College Invitational Tournament. During the 2017-18 campaign, UNC won a school record 26 games on their way to the CIT Championship. The Bears finished the season ranked in the top-100 of the RPI.

“The University of Wyoming basketball job is an incredible fit for me and my family,” Linder said.  “Having grown up in the region and having coached in the Mountain West Conference it was almost too good to be true when Tom Burman called me.  My staff and I will make recruiting Wyoming and the region a priority while scanning the globe for student-athletes who fit the characteristics we want in Cowboy basketball players.

Before his time at Northern Colorado, Linder spent six seasons at Boise State with the last three years serving as associate head coach of the Broncos. Linder helped guide Boise State to two NCAA tournament appearances and the team’s first Mountain West Conference Championship during his tenure.

“Cowboy fans will see a team that will play hard and play together as a team,” Linder said.  “We will look to play to our player’s strengths and put them in position to best utilize those strengths.  Having coached against the current Wyoming players the past three seasons I am confident that they will really fit and flourish in this system.  There is great talent on this team and I’m looking forward to coaching them.” 

This article originally appeared on Cap City News. Used with permission.