Head Men’s Basketball Coach
The University of South Dakota ’94
The University of South Dakota ’96
The Dakota Wesleyan University men’s basketball team went through a rebuilding year in 2011-12, and head coach Shane Murphy is looking to get the Tigers back on track in his third season with the program in 2012-13.
Dakota Wesleyan went 15-15 overall and 7-13 in the Great Plains Athletic Conference in 2011-12. The Tigers finished the year in a three-way tie for seventh with Mount Marty College and Concordia University in the final conference standings, but took ninth after tiebreakers. It marked the first time since the 2004-05 season DWU had missed the GPAC tournament, and the first time since 2007 the Tigers hadn’t made the trip to the NAIA National Tournament.
The Tigers started the 2011-12 season on a four-game winning streak and won six of their first eight games. Their first two losses came by a combined three points – including a two-point loss to Briar Cliff, which was receiving votes in the NAIA at the time – and one of their wins came against No. 13 St. Ambrose University during the Fulton State Bank Classic. DWU beat No. 19 Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa, before losing by a combined four points to Concordia and Mount Marty.
Jalen Voss had a standout freshman season for Dakota Wesleyan, and earned co-GPAC Freshman-of-the-Year honors, as well as All-GPAC Honorable Mention accolades. He was second on the team with an average 9.9 points per game, and scored 296 points as a freshman. He was also second with 5.8 rebounds per game, and pulled down 174 boards. He also had a team-high 34 blocked shots and 11 steals and played in all 30 games as a true freshman. He finished third in the league with an average 1.13 blocked shots per game.
Junior Mike Lee also earned All-GPAC Second Team honors and senior Jordan Long earned honorable mention status. In his first season with the Tigers, Lee led the team with 13.3 points per game and had 332 points, 51 rebounds and 32 assists. He was seventh in the league and led the team with a .436 three-point percentage. Long wrapped up his four-year career averaging 7.4 points and a team-high 5.9 rebounds per game.
Murphy took a two-year hiatus from coaching to work as a recruiter for the Principal Financial Group in Sioux Falls, S.D., but before that, he led the University of Sioux Falls men’s basketball program to the most successful stretch in school history.
Murphy was named the 2006 GPAC Coach-of-the-Year and the 2002 South Dakota Men’s College Coach-of-the-Year. He led the Cougars to two conference titles and two GPAC Tournament titles in seven years of coaching. Between 2001 and 2008, Murphy led his squads to the most wins in school history (154) with a .662 winning percentage and a single-season record of 28 wins in a season. The Cougars were a constant on the NAIA Top 25 Coaches’ Poll, and they were ranked No. 1 at one point in 2007. Murphy coached USF to four NAIA Division II National Tournaments in six seasons, including a trip to the Final Four in 2004. At USF, he recruited and coached five All-Americans and 11 All-GPAC players.
Before coaching at USF, Murphy played and coached at the University of South Dakota, his alma mater. He was an assistant coach for the Coyotes from 1995-2001, and he helped USD to North Central Conference titles in 1999, 2000 and 2001, and NCAA Division II National Tournament appearances in 1999 and 2000. He was also a graduate assistant at USD from 1994-95.
Murphy started his collegiate playing career at Drake University and transferred to USD after two seasons. He led the Coyotes to two conference and regional titles and was an All-Conference, All-Region and All-America Honorable Mention selection in 1994. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration with an emphasis in finance and human relations from USD in 1994, and he completed his Master of Business Administration in 1996, also at USD.
Murphy and his wife, Jill, live in Mitchell with their daughters, Allison, 16; and Emma, 12.
Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach
Tim Weidenbach is a familiar name to local basketball fans, and he is sticking close to home this season as he begins his first year as the Dakota Wesleyan men’s basketball assistant coach in 2012-13.
Weidenbach has spent the last 10 years as the assistant girls’ basketball coach at Parkston High School, and he has helped the Trojans accomplish a great deal of success in that time. In the past five seasons alone, he has been a part of a squad that went 100-15. In 2012, the Trojans finished runner up at the Class A state basketball tournament – their second state tournament appearance under Weidenbach’s watch. Parkston won a total of 184 games, 12 conference titles, seven district titles and went to state twice in his 10 seasons with the program.
This will not be Weidenbach’s first stint in the college coaching ranks. Prior to coaching at Parkston he spent two seasons as an assistant coach for the Sioux Falls Skyforce – an NBA Development League team – as well as four seasons as an assistant at Augsburg College, two seasons at Sheridan College and two seasons at the University of South Dakota as an assistant while Tiger head coach Shane Murphy was a player.
Weidenbach’s coaching has influenced many players, including Devean George – a two-time Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference MVP at Augsburg while Weidenbach was with the program. George went on to have a 10-year career in the NBA, and won back-to-back-to-back championships with the Los Angeles Lakers from 2000 to 2002.
Weidenbach lives in Parkston with his wife, Amy, and their daughters Mckenzie (17) and Ellie (11). He is finishing his degree in leadership at Dakota Wesleyan.
Graduate Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach
Midland University ’12
Jacob Brandl begins his first season as the DWU men’s basketball graduate assistant coach in 2012-13. One of his main duties at Dakota Wesleyan will be to take over the junior varsity program and travel with and coach the team.
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.
At Dakota Wesleyan, Brandl is pursuing a master’s degree in educational policy and administration.
Student Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach
After two seasons as a player for the Dakota Wesleyan University men’s basketball team, German Madueno will make the transition to coach in the 2012-13 season.
Madueno will serve as a student assistant coach for the Tigers starting in 2012. He played two seasons with the Tigers from 2010-2012, but spent the last half of the 2011-12 season on the bench after suffering a season-ending foot injury. He played in 20 games as a senior and averaged 4.5 points and 1.6 rebounds per game. As a junior, Madueno finished fourth on the team in scoring with an average 8.7 points per game to go along with 3.1 rebounds per game. He was second on the team with a .493 field-goal percentage.
Prior to coming to Dakota Wesleyan, Madueno played two seasons at American River College. He was an all-conference player, and averaged 15 points and five rebounds per game.
Madueno, a Woodland, Calif., native, will graduate from Dakota Wesleyan with a degree in sport, exercise and wellness in December.