LARAMIE – University of Wyoming men’s basketball coach Allen Edwards announced Wednesday the hiring of Matt Wise as assistant coach. Wise returns to UW after spending last season as an assistant coach at Little Rock. He was on the Cowboy coaching staff as the assistant director of player development from 2013-2018.
“We are very excited to bring Matt Wise back to the University of Wyoming,” Edwards said in a statement from UW. “He did an excellent job on the staff under both myself and coach (Larry) Shyatt. He is very familiar with what we want to do here in Laramie, and has tremendous potential. Coach Wise has one of the best basketball minds I have been around and it was a no-brainer to bring him back to our program.”
Wise replaces Jermaine Kimbrough, who accepted a job at Loyola-Chicago last week.
During his only season in Little Rock, Wise helped mentor All-Sun Belt selection Rajon Tucker. Tucker ranked fourth in the Sun Belt Conference in scoring at 20.3 points per game, and was the fifth player in school history to score 600 points in a season.
Wise was part of a Cowboy staff that helped lead Wyoming to three postseason appearances, including a Mountain West Conference tournament title and NCAA tournament berth in 2014-15 and a College Basketball Insider title in 2017.
“My wife and I are so happy about rejoining the Cowboy basketball family,” Wise said. “What we missed most about Laramie was the family atmosphere. Coach Edwards and I had a great connection and bond during my five years on the staff. We are so grateful for this opportunity and excited to get to work.”
Prior to UW, Wise was a graduate assistant at Florida. He helped coach Billy Donovan and the Gators advance to the NCAA tournament’s Elite Eight both seasons he was there. 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.
Wise and his wife, Katie, have one daughter, Addison. Matt is the son of Mark Wise, a college basketball broadcaster, and Mary Wise, the volleyball coach at Florida.