Head Men’s Basketball Coach
Augustana College ’02
Matt Wilber came seconds shy from guiding the Dakota Wesleyan University men’s basketball team back to the NAIA National Tournament in his first season at the helm in 2013-14.
The Tigers, who finished the year 18-14 overall and 10-10 and in sixth in the Great Plains Athletic Conference, upset third-seeded and eighth-ranked Midland University in the first round of the conference postseason tournament. DWU beat Midland, which finished runner up at the national tournament, 83-80 to earn a spot in the semifinals against No. 15 Morningside College. The Tigers led much of the game and forced overtime, but the Mustangs took advantage of a travel call on DWU and scored as time expired to earn the win, and a spot at the national tournament.
DWU’s win against Midland was its biggest of the year, but not the only time the Tigers beat a ranked opponent. Dakota Wesleyan in-state rival Dakota State University, ranked No. 18, 85-76 on Nov. 13, and swept Hastings College, which was ranked both times the two teams met. DWU won 98-84 against the No. 6 Broncos on Jan. 4 at the Corn Palace, and completed the sweep with an 86-72 win against No. 13 Hastings Feb. 15 in Hastings, Neb. The Tigers also beat Briar Cliff University, which was receiving votes in the NAIA, 84-81.
Junior forward Jalen Voss earned All-American honors for the second straight year under Wilber’s guidance. He also earned All-GPAC First Team honors for the second straight year. He led the team in scoring (20.9) and rebounding (7.4), and was second in the GPAC in both categories. He finished the year 18th in the NAIA in scoring per game and second in the GPAC with nine double-doubles.
Sophomore Trae Bergh earned All-GPAC Second Team honors and tied the school record with 10 3-pointers in the team’s first game of the year. He led the GPAC in threes (108) and threes per game (3.4). Junior Kris Menning and redshirt freshman Tate Martin both earned All-GPAC Honorable Mention accolades. Martin led the GPAC with 185 assists and 6.1 assists per game.
Voss earned GPAC Player-of-the-Week honors twice in 2013-14, and Bergh was honored once. Senior student coach James O’Halloran earned NAIA-Daktronics Scholar-Athlete honors.
Prior taking over the DWU men’s basketball program in June 2013 Wilber – a Miller, S.D., native – was the co-owner and director of 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, and helped it grow from a program that started in a residential home gym and was recently purchased by Sanford Health to be the focal basketball development program in the Sanford Pentagon, a $20 million, 11-court basketball facility.
Through his work with TIBBS, Wilber, a Dell Rapids High School graduate, developed connections with high school basketball players from around South Dakota and the Midwest. He also directed summer camps and satellite camps with TIBBS.
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. At SDSU, Wilber was an assistant for head coach Scott Nagy during the Jackrabbits’ transition from NCAA Division II to NCAA Division I from 2004-06. He assisted with recruiting both on and off campus, practice planning, scouting, game management, film exchange and off-season workouts. He also assisted with budget management and game scheduling, and he served as the team’s academic and travel coordinator.
Wilber worked under former DWU coach Shane Murphy for one season at USF in the 2003-04 season. He helped Murphy with recruiting and NAIA compliance guidelines. He also had a hand in practice planning, scouting, game management, budget coordination and film exchange and served as the junior varsity coach.
Wilber got his start in coaching at Augustana College, his alma mater. He was a student assistant from 2002-03 for coach Perry Ford and helped with recruiting, scouting, film exchange and practice planning. He played for the Vikings from 1997-2002 and was a two-year starter. He joined the team as a walk-on, but earned a scholarship his junior and senior seasons and finished in the top 10 in career 3-pointers made. He earned academic all-conference honorable mention honors in 2001. Wilber was also a four-year starter for the Augustana baseball team and he played infield, outfield and pitcher throughout his career.
Wilber and his wife, Lindsay – who was hired in January as the head volleyball coach at DWU – have four children: twins Benjamin and AJ, 7; Nathan, 5 and Tyson, 1. They live in Mitchell.
Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach
Midland University ’12
Dakota Wesleyan University ’14
Jacob Brandl enters his third season with the Dakota Wesleyan University men’s basketball team in 2014-15, and he enters the new season with a new title.
After two seasons as the team’s graduate assistant coach, Brandl heads into the 2014-15 season as the program’s top assistant. In each of his two seasons as a graduate assistant, Brandl traveled with and coached the Tigers’ junior varsity team as well as helping with the varsity program.
Brandl comes to the Tigers from Midland University, where he got his degree in secondary education with an emphasis in social science. He also obtained a degree in history, as well as a coaching endorsement. While at Midland, Brandl spent two season as a student assistant coach for the Warrior men’s basketball team. Midland went 27-36 in his two seasons with the program, including 19-12 in 2011-12.
Brandl played college basketball first at North Platte Community College and then at Dana College, where he played his final two seasons before the school closed in the summer of 2010. At North Platte, he averaged nine points and three rebounds per game and led the team in 3-pointers made. In two seasons at Dana, Brandl averaged 10 points and set the school record for three-point shots in a game twice with seven. He is in the top seven all time in 3-pointers made with 138 in 59 games. Brandl earned All-GPAC Honorable Mention honors as a senior in 2010.
Brandl is a North Platte, Neb., native and averaged 24 points and 10 rebounds per game for North Platte St. Patrick High School. He was named the area player-of-the-year in 2006.
Brandl recently graduated with a master’s degree in educational policy and administration from Dakota Wesleyan. He lives in Mitchell.
Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach
Briar Cliff University’ 13
Jake Shipley enters his first season for DWU as a graduate assistant coach. He will be on the bench for varsity games and will help out at practice along with coaching the Tiger junior varsity team.
Shipley played his college basketball at Briar Cliff University, a GPAC institution, from 2010 to 2013 after graduating from West Marshall High School in State Center, Iowa. While playing with the Chargers, Shipley earned GPAC All-Conference First-Team honors in 2011, 2012 and 2013 and was named GPAC Player-of-the-Year in 2012. He was named an NAIA All-American First-Team member in 2012 and an honorable mention in 2013.
Shipley now lives in Mitchell and is working on his graduate degree in educational policy and administration at Dakota Wesleyan.