Head Men’s Basketball Coach
Augustana College ’02
Matt Wilber became the 19th head coach in Dakota Wesleyan University men’s basketball history after being hired in mid-June. Wilber took over for Shane Murphy, who resigned in May after three years with the program to pursue a career outside of coaching. Wilber comes to Dakota Wesleyan with a resume full of state and local connections and basketball experience at all levels of the game.
Wilber takes over a team that went 14-17 overall and 9-11 in the Great Plains Athletic Conference in the 2012-13 season. The Tigers earned the eighth seed in the conference postseason tournament before losing to Northwestern College. Sophomore Jalen Voss earned All-American Honorable Mention honors and was named to the All-GPAC First Team, and seniors Mike Lee and Aireus Stephenson both earned All-GPAC Honorable Mention accolades.
The Tigers picked up a handful of wins against ranked teams in 2012-13, including a sweep of Doane College. DWU beat the Doane Tigers 75-72 Dec. 15 at the Corn Palace when Doane was ranked No. 8, and then went on the road and beat Doane – ranked No. 12 at the time – 87-83 on Jan. 26 in Crete, Neb. The Tigers also beat Midland University and Hastings College, which were both receiving votes in the NAIA at the time.
Most recently, 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, which allowed him to create connections with area high school basketball coaches that will be vital in the recruiting process at Dakota Wesleyan.
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 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. His work at USF also allowed Wilber to get familiar with every aspect of the Great Plains athletic Conference.
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, have four children: twins Benjamin and AJ, 7; Nathan, 5 and Tyson, four months. They currently reside in Sioux Falls, but plan to begin the transition to Mitchell immediately.
Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach
Dakota Wesleyan University ’13
Tim Weidenbach is a familiar name to local basketball fans, and he is sticking close to home once again this season as he enters his second year as the Dakota Wesleyan men’s basketball assistant coach in 2013-14.
Weidenbach joined the Tiger coaching staff in 2012-13. Prior to coming to Dakota Wesleyan, he spent the last 10 years as the assistant girls’ basketball coach at Parkston High School and he helped the Trojans accomplish a great deal of success in that time. In his final five seasons with the team, he was 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, who completed his degree in leadership at Dakota Wesleyan in May, lives in Parkston with his wife, Amy, and their Ellie (12). His oldest daughter, Mckenzie, is a freshman on the DWU women’s basketball team.
Graduate Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach
Midland University ’12
Jacob Brandl begins his second season as the DWU men’s basketball graduate assistant coach in 2013-14. 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
Carde Pennington finished his collegiate eligibility playing with the Tiger men’s basketball program, and in 2013 he’s back for his third season on the bench, only this time he takes on a new role.
Pennington will play the role of student assistant coach in 2013-14 after playing two seasons for Dakota Wesleyan. The Chicago, Ill., native played in all 61 games in his two seasons with Dakota Wesleyan. He averaged 9.6 points and 2.2 rebounds per game as a senior and finished second on the team with a .441 three-point percentage and a team-high 41 3-pointers. He also had 55 assists.
Pennington, who transferred after two seasons at Malcolm X College in Chicago, is currently finishing his degree in business management at Dakota Wesleyan.