JEREMY SHYATT | ASSISTANT COACH
Jeremy Shyatt begins his sixth season as an assistant coach for Wyoming during 2016-17. The oldest son of head coach Larry Shyatt, Jeremy helped guide the Cowboys to a 25-10 overall record during the 2014-15 campaign for a Mountain West tournament title and Wyoming's first berth in the NCAA tournament since 2001-02. Shyatt was at North Florida for two seasons prior to coming to UW.
During the 2016-17season, Shyatt helped mentor Josh Adams, who averaged 24.7 points per game in 2015-16 for first in the Mountain West and third in the NCAA. Adams scored 740 points last season to break Wyoming's single-season record of 701 by Flynn Robinson in 1964-65. Adams also made 94 threes last season to rank second in Cowboy single-season history, which includes a school-record nine in Wyoming's win at Colorado State.
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 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.
JERMAINE KIMBROUGH | ASSISTANT COACH
University of Wyoming men's basketball head coach Allen Edwards announced April 14 the hiring of Jermaine Kimbrough as an assistant coach. Kimbrough came to Laramie from Nevada and Cleveland State.
"My biggest point of emphasis with hiring this assistant position was to find a well-balanced guy," Edwards said at the time of Kimbrough's hiring. "I didn't want a coach that just specialized in one particular thing. I wanted a guy that's good on the floor, good with the student-athletes, good with recruiting and good with scouting. I think Jermaine has shown the capability to excel in all those areas, so we are excited to welcome him to the Cowboy basketball family."
Kimbrough spent the 2015-16 season under head coach Eric Musselman at Nevada. The first-year staff guided the Wolf Pack to a 24-14 overall record, including a 10-8 mark in the conference for fourth in the Mountain West regular-season standings. More importantly, Nevada accepted a bid to the CBI and won the tournament for the MW's first postseason title in men's basketball. With Kimbrough's help, two Wolf Pack players earned four All-MW honors, including freshman forward Cameron Oliver being named to the All-MW Third Team, All-Defensive Team and All-Tournament Team.
Kimbrough came to Nevada after nine seasons from 2006-14 as an assistant under head coach Gary Waters at Cleveland State. During that time he helped the Vikings to a pair of Horizon League Championships, one NCAA tournament, three NIT trips and a CollegeInsider.com Tournament appearance. Cleveland State had five 20-wins campaigns in Kimbrough's nine seasons with a 157-112 overall record. He also coached Norris Cole at CSU, who was selected in the 2011 NBA draft.
Kimbrough's coaching career started at the NJCAA's Howard College where he spent two seasons as an assistant from 2001-03. He moved on to serve as Director of Operations at Cleveland State in 2003-04 and Massachusetts in 2004-05. During that season the Minutemen knocked off No. 2 Connecticut, No. 20 George Washington and No. 23 Florida State. Kimbrough would move on to serve as an assistant coach for one season at IPFW before returning to Cleveland State.
During his playing career, Kimbrough spent two seasons at St. Catherine College, before transferring to Virginia Tech for two seasons from 1998-2000. He would go on to graduate from Virginia Tech with his bachelor's degree in psychology in 2001.
Kimbrough played his prep career at Shaker Heights High School in Cleveland and earned all-league honors four times and all-city accolades three times. He was named second-team all-state as a senior after averaging 26 points per game.
Jermaine and his wife, Tameka, have five children.
"I'm extremely excited about this promising opportunity to work at Wyoming under coach Edwards," Kimbrough said at the time of his hiring. "I feel like everything is in place for the Cowboys to compete for championships year after year. I look forward to getting started right away with the student-athletes and staff."
TONY PUJOL | ASSISTANT COACH
University of Wyoming men's basketball head coach Allen Edwards completed his 2016-17 staff April 19 with the hiring of Tony Pujol as an assistant coach. Pujol previously spent time at Alabama and VCU.
"Tony is a coach and person that Jeremy [Shyatt] and myself are very familiar with from our time together at VCU," Edwards said at the time of Pujol's hiring. "He brings a wealth of experience to Laramie from his time as an assistant and head coach, but, like Jermaine [Kimbrough], is a very well-rounded person that can help our program excel in several areas. We are happy to welcome him and his family to Cowboy basketball."
Pujol last coached collegiately at Alabama for five seasons from 2010-2014 under head coach Anthony Grant. Pujol helped the Crimson Tide compile a 99-71 record during his time on the staff, including three-straight 20-win seasons for the first time since 1990-92. Alabama earned two NIT bids and one NCAA bid from 2011-13 and finished runner-up in the NIT in 2011. That 2010-11 Crimson Tide team featured one of the toughest defenses in the nation, as Alabama surrendered only 59.4 points per game, the eighth-lowest average in the nation. Alabama's tenacious defense helped it go 19-0 at home during that season.
On the recruiting trail, he helped the Tide land a 2011 recruiting class that Rivals.com ranked as the fifth best in the nation with four prospects ranked in the top 100 nationally. After the 2013-14 season, Pujol stepped away from collegiate coaching to dedicated more time to his family and has coached the last year and a half in the AAU ranks in New Jersey.
Previously, Pujol served under Grant at VCU from 2006-09 with Edwards and Jeremy Shyatt. The staff guided the Rams to a 76-25 record in those three seasons, including 45-9 in the Colonial Athletic Association. VCU won three conference regular-season titles and two tournament titles in that span to play in the NCAA tournament twice and NIT once. Two Rams from that team, Eric Maynor and Larry Sanders, would go on to be selected in the NBA draft.
Pujol joined Grant's staff after two seasons at Appalachian State from 2004-06, where he helped the Mountaineers win the Southern Conference North Division in 2005. The team also earned the NCAA's Public Recognition Award based on the program's APR. His recruits would help ASU win a school-record 25 games the season after he left.
Prior to his collegiate career, Pujol was a high school coach in south Florida for 13 seasons, including nine at Northwest Christian Academy in Miami, where he posted a 250-46 record with state titles in 1999, 2003 and 2004.
He graduated from Sterling College (Kansas) in 1989 with a degree in business administration and was a standout in both basketball and baseball, earning all-conference honors on the diamond in his final three seasons.
Tony and his wife, Mayle, have three daughters, Kasey, Kristen and Mia.
"First, I would like to thank coach Edwards for this tremendous opportunity," Pujol said at the time of his hiring. "My family and I are humbled and extremely excited to be a part of Allen Edwards' basketball staff and family. I have so much respect and appreciation for Allen and his wife, LaTonya, for making my family feel welcomed and valued in Laramie. I'm looking forward to serving and supporting coach Edwards, our student-athletes and our staff in any way possible to continue the proud tradition that is Wyoming basketball. Go Cowboys! The University of Wyoming is a magnificent institution. It is an honor and a privilege for Mayle, Kasey, Kristen, Mia and I to be a part of it and the Laramie community."
ROB WATSABAUGH | DIRECTOR OF PLAYER DEVELOPMENT
Rob Watsabaugh (pronounced wat-SAW-baugh) is in his fourth season with the Wyoming program in 2015-16, including his second season at Director of Player Development/Strength & Conditioning. He helped the Pokes to a 25-10 overall record and berth in the NCAA tournament last season, after serving a graduate assistant for the 2012-13 and 2013-14 campaigns.
He was previously a member of the squad for three seasons. Watsabaugh was a valuable reserve for Wyoming off the bench in 2011-12. He played in 31 of UW's 33 games and averaged 1.0 points and 1.3 rebounds in seven minutes of action per game. His best performance of the season was six points, three rebounds and two steals against Maryland Eastern Shore on Nov. 26. He also posted a career-high five rebounds twice during the season, while shooting 61.9 percent from the floor. Watsabaugh played a career-high 21 minutes against Northern Colorado on Nov. 15, while making his first career start on Senior Night against TCU on Feb. 28.
Watsabaugh used his redshirt year during the 2010-11 season. He was able to practice with the team and participate in most team activities during his redshirt year of 2010-11. In his first year at Wyoming, Watsabaugh played in nine games. His best game came against Adams State, as he scored a career high six points. Those six points were six of Wyoming's final eight points and helped set the all-time school record for points in a game with 123. He scored the final basket of the game with 13 seconds remaining to seal the record. He played in his first career game at Wyoming on Nov. 13 against South Dakota State. He scored his first career points and pulled down his first two career rebounds in UW's win over Peru State on Nov. 18.
Watsabaugh enjoyed a two-year junior college career at West Hills College in Coalinga, Calif.
At West Hills, Watsabaugh was a 2008-09 Central Valley All-Conference performer and was named to the Central Valley All-Defensive Team. He also received West Hills team awards including; Best Defense, Chairman of the Boards and their Falcon Award.
Watsabaugh graduated from Jackson Hole High School in 2007. He was a 3A West All-Conference basketball player and a two-year letterman on the hardwood. He also lettered in football as a junior. He excelled academically and was on the honor roll all four years of high school. Watsabaugh was born in Jackson, Wyo. He is the son of Nancy and Willy, and has a brother Tom. He also has two step brothers, Justin and Brad, and a step sister, Beth. Rob graduated from UW with his Bachelor's degree in kinesiology and health promotions in May of 2012 and earned his Master's in the same field.
MATT WISE | ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF PLAYER DEVELOPMENT
Matt Wise enters his third season with Wyoming as the Assistant Director of Player Development in 2015-16. During his tenure the Cowboys have advanced to the postseason twice, including the NCAA tournament in 2014-15, and win the Mountain West tournament last season.
Wise joined Shyatt's staff after serving as a graduate assistant at the University of Florida the previous 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 wife, Katie.
"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."