Head Men’s Basketball Coach
Augustana College ’02
In his second season with the Dakota Wesleyan men’s basketball team, Head Coach Matt Wilber guided the Tigers on one of the school’s most memorable rides in its near 100-year basketball history.
DWU marched through the regular season and all the way to the 2015 NAIA Division II National Championship Game. The Tigers finsihed 2014-15 as the national runner up with an overall record of 32-5. The first GPAC regular season title since 2009 was won by the Tigers in 2014-15, with a conference record of 17-3. After starting the season out of the NAIA Coaches’ Poll, DWU sepnt the the majority of the campaign in the top five after starting 11-0. The Tigers toppeled seven ranked teams, including three in the top five and four more teams receiving votes in the poll.
The run to the national title game marked the deepest run in program history. Wilber is now 50-19 overall after two seasons with the club and 27-13 in the GPAC.
In all, the Tigers received five All-GPAC Team honors under Wilber in 2014-15. Senior Jalen Voss was named GPAC Player-of-the-Year, while Luke Bameberg earned GPAC Defensive Player-of-the-Year. Wiber was named GPAC Co-Coach-of-the-Year and NAIA National Coach-of-the-Year. Voss and fellow senior Kris Menning made the NAIA All-American Teams. The Tigers set five new team records in Wilber’s second season, including wins with 32 and field-gola percentage at 50.7 percent. In all, DWU received five GPAC Player-of-the-Week honors, including three for Voss.
In two seasons, Wilber has coached nine All-GPAC Team members, three All-American selections, three NAIA Scholar Athletes and the team’s first ever CoSIDA Academic All-American (Trae Bergh, 2014-15).
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 is entering her second season as the DWU head volleyball coach – 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.