Shaun Vandiver

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Shaun Vandiver
Sport(s) Basketball
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Emporia State
Record 45–49
Biographical details
Born (1968-06-15) June 15, 1968 (age 46)
Bolingbrook, Illinois
Playing career
Hutchinson CC
Position(s) Center
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Wyoming (GA)
Northern Colorado (assistant)
Bowling Green (assistant)
Wyoming (assistant)
Boise State (assistant)
Emporia State
Head coaching record
Overall 45–49 (.479)

Shaun Vandiver (born June 15, 1968[1]) is currently the head basketball coach for the Emporia State University Hornets men's basketball team. Vandiver is also a retired American college and professional basketball player. Born in Chicago,[2] the Bolingbrook, Illinois native[1][3] was selected 25th overall in the 1991 NBA Draft, from Hutchinson Community College and the University of Colorado. A 6'10" (2.08 m) and 240 lb (109 kg) power forward[2] was also an outstanding basketball player in the European leagues in Italy (for Mangiaebevi Bologna in 1991–92 and Pfizer Reggio Calabria in 1994–95) and Spain (Caja Bilbao in 1995–96).

College career[edit]

Vandiver played a season at Hutchinson Community College in Kansas, then transferred to the University of Colorado.[3] He was the Big Eight Conference's rookie of the year in 1988, and was a two time First Team All Big 8 selection in 1990 and 1991. In his final season in 1990–91, he led Colorado to a third place finish in the National Invitation Tournament. Prior to that, Colorado had not been to the NIT semifinals in 22 years.[3] Vandiver was third on the Buffaloes' all-time scoring list until being surpassed in early 2008 by Richard Roby.[4][5]

Professional career[edit]

Vandiver was selected 25th overall in the 1991 NBA Draft[3] by the Golden State Warriors, but did not play for them. He wound up playing the next nine years[3] for various teams in Europe.

Coaching career[edit]

In April 2011 Vandiver was named the head men's basketball coach at Emporia State University. Previously in the 2010–11 season, Vandiver was an assistant to head coach Leon Rice at Boise State. Prior to that he served as an assistant to Steve McClain (under whom he played at Hutchinson CC[3]) at the University of Wyoming, a position he held since 2005.[3] He had previously served as a graduate assistant coach with Wyoming in 2002–03,[3] and as a full-time assistant coach at Bowling Green in 2003–04,[3] and Northern Colorado[1] in 2004–05.[3]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Emporia State Hornets (MIAA) (2011–present)
2011–12 Emporia State 9–18 5–16
2012–13 Emporia State 13–14 8–10
2013–14 Emporia State 18–13 10–9
2014–15 Emporia State 5–4 0–2
Emporia State: 45–49 23–37
Total: 45–49

      National champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


Vandiver and his wife, the former Danielle Dodgion,[1] have five children;[3] in order of birth: Aubrey, Amber, Garin, Alessandra and Gage.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e Shaun Vandiver profile,
  2. ^ a b Shaun Vandiver profile,
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Ex-assistant Vandiver rejoins Wyoming hoops staff
  4. ^ Colorado 72, Oklahoma 58 - Recap - February 9, 2008, "Roby also moved to within 28 points of passing Shaun Vandiver for third place on the Buffaloes' all-time scoring list"
  5. ^ Richard Roby Game Log (2007-08) – Note: Although it is not specified as such, and using the points column in Roby's game log as a guide, it is clear that Roby broke Vandiver's scoring record during the Colorado–Missouri game on February 23, 2008.