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Scott Duncan
Associate Head Coach

Scott Duncan starts his fourth season with the Wyoming basketball program in 2013-14. He served as an assistant coach under Larry Shyatt in 1997-98 and returned with him as associate head coach in 2011. With more than 34 years of experience as a college basketball assistant coach, Duncan has been associated with Division I programs that have advanced to postseason play in 20 of the last 26 seasons. He helped UW finish 20-14 in 2012-13 to earn its second-consecutive postseason berth.

"Scott has tremendous experience in college basketball and is synonymous with working toward the best interests of the team," Shyatt said at the time of Duncan's hiring. "He is not only a lifelong friend, he is a terrific decision maker and is someone I have relied on many times over my career."

Duncan came to Wyoming from UCLA, where he served as an assistant coach for the Bruins for the previous four seasons. During his time at UCLA, the Bruins went a combined 98-42 overall and 50-22 in Pac-10 Conference play. The Bruins advanced to three NCAA Tournaments--reaching the Final Four in 2008, the Second Round in 2009 and the Sweet 16 in 2011. The 2007-08 Bruins won the Pac-10 regular-season championship, as well as the league's postseason tournament.

Duncan continued to prove himself as a top national recruiter while at UCLA. The 2010 UCLA recruiting class was ranked No. 15 nationally by ESPN.com and the 2009 Bruins' class was ranked No. 4 by Scout.com.

Prior to making the move to UCLA, Duncan was an assistant coach at Oregon for seven years (2000-07). During his time in Eugene, the Ducks won three Pac-10 titles (the 2002 regular-season championship and the 2003 and 2007 tournament championships). Oregon also reached the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament twice (2002 and 2007).

Duncan proved himself as a terrific recruiter at Oregon, highlighted by the Ducks' 2004 recruiting class that featured all four freshmen who were ranked among the nation's top-75 players in the country.

Duncan has been honored numerous times as one of the top assistant coaches and recruiters in the country. He was recently named the eighth-best assistant in the country by Hoop Scoop and one of the nation's top-25 recruiters by Rivals.com. In 2001, he was selected as both one of the hardest-working assistant coaches and best recruiters in the nation in a pair of surveys compiled by Rivals.com's Dave Telep. In his coaching career, Duncan has helped attract recruiting classes that have been recognized among the top 25 in the country in 10 of the last 13 years.

In 2002-03, he served as an assistant on the USA Basketball Junior National Team trials camp staff.

Prior to taking the job at Oregon, Duncan spent three seasons as an assistant to Shyatt. He was with Shyatt for two seasons at Clemson (1998-00) and the one season at Wyoming. After leading the Cowboys to a 19-9 record and the NIT in 1997-98, he helped lead Clemson to a 20-15 record in 1998-99, coached the ACC's leading scorer in Terrell McIntyre and helped the school sign four of the nation's top-100 recruits.

Other coaching stops for Duncan include Washington State (1995-97), Northern Illinois (1991-95), Fresno State (1991), New Mexico (1980-90) and Cleveland State (1978-80).

Duncan was born on Sept. 18, 1955 in Cleveland, Ohio. He graduated from the College of Wooster (Wooster, Ohio) in 1978 with a degree in physical education and economics. He was a two-year letterman in basketball for the Fighting Scots.

"Thirteen years ago, we had a great year here at Wyoming," Duncan said. "We were fortunate enough to win 19 games, make the NIT, have a few big crowds and bring in some great young men who ended up winning a couple Mountain West Conference Championships. What I am most looking forward to this time around is the challenge of duplicating that success.

"There are two reasons I decided to come back to Wyoming. The first is the relationship I have with Larry--we are best friends. It is also exciting to be able to coach with Jeremy, as I have known him since he was born. The second reason would be our relationship with Tom Burman. He was one of our best friends when we were here the first time, and to have him as our athletics director makes it a special time to come back. At this stage in my career, it is all about relationships and I am thrilled to be working with the people I am."


Jeremy Shyatt
Assistant Coach

Jeremy Shyatt begins his third season as an assistant coach for Wyoming during 2013-14. The oldest son of head coach Larry Shyatt, Jeremy helped guide the Cowboys to a 20-14 overall record during the 2012-13 campaign and their second-consecutive postseason tournament berth. Shyatt was at North Florida for two seasons prior to coming to UW.

"Jeremy has been able to learn a great deal over the past eight years working with coaches Dave Odom, Ricky Stokes and Matthew Driscoll," Shyatt said at the time of Jeremy's hiring. "On a personal and professional level, I couldn't be prouder to have Jeremy on our staff as we work to rebuild a tradition of success at Wyoming."

At North Florida, Shyatt assisted head coach Matthew Driscoll, who was an assistant at Wyoming during the 1997-98 season under Larry. During his time with the Ospreys, Shyatt helped build a resurgence of the basketball program. North Florida won 28 games in the two years, after having won just 22 total games in the four years prior to that.

In 2010-11, UNF finished 15-19 overall and 10-10 in the Atlantic Sun Conference. The 15 wins matched the most in school history and the 10 conference wins also set a school record. The Ospreys fell one game short of the NCAA Tournament, losing to Belmont in the Atlantic Sun Championship game. It marked the first time that North Florida had played in a conference championship game. In addition, North Florida won the Mayan Division of the 2010 Cancun Challenge. Prior to their trip to Cancun, the Ospreys traveled to Wyoming and beat the Cowboys in the Arena-Auditorium.

At UNF, Shyatt was involved in many facets of the program including on-court coaching, recruiting, opponent scouting, team academic progress, housing, camps, skill development and was the team's video coordinator. He helped design the team's basketball locker room, and oversaw their Nike account and student-managers.

Prior to taking the job at UNF, Shyatt spent two seasons at Virginia Commonwealth University as the team's Director of Basketball Operations. During his stint at VCU, the Rams won two regular-season conference championships, advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 2009 and earned an NIT berth in 2008. He helped coach Eric Maynor, the 20th overall selection in the 2009 NBA draft and Larry Sanders, the 15th overall selection in the 2010 NBA draft.

Shyatt held the same Director of Basketball Operations title at East Carolina University from 2005-07.

From 2003-05, Shyatt was a volunteer assistant coach at the University of South Carolina. There, he earned a master's degree in integrated communication and advertising.

From 2002-05, Shyatt served as director of the Boys and Girls Summer Day Camps with the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers. Through this camp, Shyatt was able to meet Cavaliers' star, Carlos Boozer, who presently plays for the Chicago Bulls. In 2004, Shyatt and Boozer hosted a camp together in Boozer's hometown of Juneau, Alaska. Shyatt also worked for the Five-Star Basketball Camp in Coraopolis, Pa., during the summers of 2003 and 2004 as camp commissioner and counselor.

Shyatt went to college at Clemson, where he was heavily involved in the Tigers' basketball program. As a freshman in 1999-00, he earned a varsity letter as a member of the team. He then became a student assistant coach for the next three seasons. In 2000, he was named to the All-ACC Honor Roll. He earned his bachelor's degree in marketing from Clemson in 2003.

Shyatt played high school basketball in both Laramie and Clemson, earning three letter awards. He played his junior season at Laramie High School and his sophomore and senior years at D.W. Daniel High School. As a senior, he was named all-area by Easley Progress and Anderson Independent Mail. He was also named Academic All-State by the High School Sports Report.

Shyatt was born on May 15, 1981 in Cleveland, Ohio. He is the oldest of three children to Pam and Larry. He has two younger brothers, Geoffrey and Philip.

"I am absolutely thrilled to be back in Laramie at a place where we have called home," Jeremy Shyatt said. "It is not very often in the coaching business that you get to go back to place like this. My family and I had some great experiences here and I am looking forward to building more.

"I am excited to work with my Dad and coach Duncan. While I have obviously known them as both coaches and people for a long time, I have never coached with them and I am really looking forward to doing so. I have worked with some great people like Dave Odom, Anthony Grant and Matthew Driscoll and I hope the experiences I gained from them help me in this chapter."


Allen Edwards
Assistant Coach

Allen Edwards enters his third season as an assistant coach for the Cowboy basketball program in 2013-14, after helping Wyoming to a 20-14 overall record and second-consecutive postseason berth after the 2012-13 campaign. Hired at UW on April 18, 2011, Edwards has found success on the basketball floor during his playing career at Kentucky and as an assistant coach the past 11 seasons. He has reached the NCAA Tournament seven times as either a player or a coach.

"I couldn't be more excited to add Allen and his family to our staff at Wyoming," UW head coach Larry Shyatt said at the time of Edward's hiring. "Allen represents everything that is good about the game of basketball. He is also synonymous with winning. As far as I know, he is the only player since John Wooden's teams at UCLA to play for three national titles and win two.

"I have known Allen for a long time, as he worked with my dear friend Anthony Grant at Virginia Commonwealth University. At VCU, Allen was instrumental in guiding some tremendous defensive teams.

"Allen will provide great leadership and will be a solid role model for our players. Most of all, he will help in every phase of the program as we work to restore the glory at Wyoming."

Edwards came to Wyoming from Western Kentucky University, where he spent the 2010-11 season as an assistant coach. The Hilltoppers finished 16-16 overall and 8-8 in the Sun Belt Conference. They won a pair of conference tournament games before losing to North Texas in the semifinals. He coached a pair of First Team All-Sun Belt performers in Sergio Kerusch and Steffphon Pettigrew. Each player was also recognized by the National Association of Basketball Coaches as members of the All-District 24 team. Pettigrew was named the Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year by CollegeInsider.com.

Edwards enjoyed a tremendous playing career at Kentucky (1995-98), where he played three seasons under Rick Pitino and one under Tubby Smith. The Wildcats advanced to three straight Final Fours during Edwards' sophomore, junior and senior seasons. They won the national championship in both 1996 and 1998. During his freshman season, Kentucky advanced to the Elite Eight.

In his time in Lexington, Kent., the Wildcats compiled a record of 132-16 and won three Southeastern Conference titles. Edwards averaged 9.2 points, 3.3 assists and 3.3 rebounds a game as a senior and 8.6 points as a junior.

Following his career at Kentucky, Edwards played in both the CBA and the IBL. He returned to Kentucky for the 2002-03 season and completed his degree in sociology while serving as a special assistant to head coach Tubby Smith. The Wildcats finished 16-0 in the SEC that season and advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament.

Edwards took his first full-time assistant coaching position at Moorehead State prior to the 2003-04 season. He spent three seasons there working under head coach Kyle Macy.

He joined the staff at VCU for the 2006-07 season. In three years at VCU, he helped guide the Rams to a 76-25 overall record and a 45-9 mark in the Colonial Athletic Association. The Rams advanced to the postseason each year, playing in the NCAA Tournament twice and the NIT once. In 2007, VCU upset Duke in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. In 2007, the Rams led the nation in three-point field goal percentage defense and ranked in the top 10 in field goal percentage defense. In 2008-09, the Rams led the CAA in field goal percentage defense.

During his time at VCU, Edwards worked with fellow Wyoming Assistant Coach Jeremy Shyatt. Shyatt served as VCU's Director of Basketball Operations from 2007-09.

Prior to taking the job at WKU, Edwards spent the 2009-10 season as an assistant coach at Towson University under head coach Pat Kennedy.

Edwards is a native of Miami, Fla., and was Florida's Mr. Basketball during his senior season at Miami Senior High School.

Edwards and his wife LaTanya have two daughters, Mai'a and Landry, and a son, Jaxson.

"I am excited about the opportunity to come to the University of Wyoming," Edwards said. "I have known Coach Shyatt for some time, dating back to when I worked with Jeremy at VCU. I have always respected him and what he has accomplished in his career. To be able to join this staff at Wyoming and help the Cowboys get back to where they need to be is very exciting."


Chris Poole
Director of Player Development/Strength & Conditioning

Chris Poole enters his first season with Wyoming as the Director of Player Development/Strength & Conditioning in 2013-14. He comes to Laramie from the University of Texas, where he was a member of the strength and conditioning staff for men's basketball during the 2012-13 season. With the Longhorns, Poole worked under the direction of head strength coach Todd Wright and was involved with many facets of the team's training program. He also worked as a Performance Coach at Train 4 the Game in Austin.

Prior to Texas, Poole was a graduate student at the University of Oklahoma from 2009-12, while he earned his doctoral degree in exercise physiology. He graduated with his master's degree in exercise science from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (UMHB) in December 2008 and served as the strength and conditioning coach for the men's basketball and softball teams. Poole also earned his bachelor's degree from UMHB, while he played as a wing for the Crusaders on the hardwood. During his senior season in 2006-07, UMHB qualified for the NCAA DIII tournament for the first time in school history. Poole is a certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist from the National Strength and Conditioning Association and is also certified in Applied Functional Science through the Gray Institute. The son of Norman and Debbie Poole, Chris has one brother, Ryan, and one sister, Jaclyn.

"I'm extremely excited to join the University of Wyoming men's basketball program and have the opportunity to work with coach Shyatt and his staff on continuing their recent success," Poole said. "I look forward to doing everything I can to continue to create an atmosphere of success not only in the weight room, but on the court and in the classroom."


Matt Wise
Assistant Director of Player Development

Matt Wise enters his first season with Wyoming as the Assistant Director of Player Development in 2013-14. He joins Shyatt's staff after serving as a graduate assistant at the University of Florida the past two years. Wise helped head coach Billy Donovan and the Gators advance to the NCAA tournament's Elite Eight both seasons, while earning his master's degree in sport management. His responsibilities with the Gators included conducting advanced statistical research, assisting with on-court workouts, helping with video editing, promoting and marketing summer camps and assisting UF's Director of Operations with daily tasks for the program.

Prior to Florida, Wise played four seasons as a forward for Transylvania University in Lexington, Ky., where he helped the Pioneers win a conference title and advance to the NCAA DIII tournament as a sophomore. He graduated with his bachelor's degree in business administration in 2011. Matt is the son of Mark Wise, a college basketball broadcaster, and Mary Wise, Florida's head volleyball coach. He comes to Laramie with his fiancé, Katie Williams.

"I'm eager to join the Wyoming coaching staff because I have looked at coach Shyatt as a role model for a number of years now," Wise said. "He embodies what I want to become as a coach someday. He has an unbelievable level of passion and enthusiasm for what he does and you can see the impact that has on his team and staff. Coming to Laramie is a tremendous opportunity for me. I'm thankful to have been given this chance to work with some of the best people that college athletics has to offer. With the recent success of the Cowboys, I'm thrilled to be a part of what can be a very special team for a long time to come."