Wyoming Basketball's Ken DeWeese Among 50 Most Impactful Mid-Major Assistants

Tracy Ringolsby

No surprise when new Wyoming coach Jeff Linder quickly added Ken DeWeese as an assistant on the Cowboys' coaching staff. DeWeese, who had been on Linder's staff at Northern Colorado, hss been recognized as one of the 50 Most Impactful Mid-Major assistants by Silver Waves Media.

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Mountain West assistants recognized along with DeWeese are Eric Peterson and David Ragland of Utah State, Jay Barsh of Boise State, Ali Farokmanesh of Colorado State, and DeMarlo Slocum of UNLV.

DeWeese is known for his impact as a recruiter, which was evidence by the fact that the Cowboys did not have a single player commit during the fall period, but came up with seven signees in the month of April. With his assistance, in a matter of days, Linder put together what Rivals ranked the best signing class in the MW and 47th nationally.

"Coach DeWeese has been in the dirt and mud with me for four years," Linder tweeted in response to this story being posted on Twitter. "He was a huge part of us putting together a great recruiting class. He’s the epitome of Cowboy Tough!"

DeWeese and Linder combined to put together a program at Northern Colorado that in its second through four seasons won a total of 69 games, with 20 or more wins in each of the three seasons. The Bears had only two previous 20-win seasons in school history.

Prior to his time at Northern Colorado, DeWeese spent six seasons helping UTEP amass 120+ wins. DeWeese's 2013 recruiting class at UTEP was ranked in the Top 25 by numerous outlets and included a national Top 100 recruit in Vincent Hunter, who earned First Team All-Conference honors in just his second year with the program. 

His recruiting also helped lay the groundwork in one season at Utah Valley that translated a 12-18 record to seasons of 19 and 20 wins. 

 DeWeese got his start at Mary Hardin-Baylor where the program was able to compile an 85-27 record in four seasons, two NCAA Division III tournament berths, and an appearance in the 2013 D3 National Championship game.

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