Shaun Vandiver

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Shaun Vandiver
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Wyoming Cowboys
PositionAssistant coach
LeagueMountain West Conference
Personal information
Born (1968-06-15) June 15, 1968 (age 50)
Bolingbrook, Illinois
Listed height6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight240 lb (109 kg)
Career information
High schoolRomeoville (Romeoville, Illinois)
NBA draft1991 / Round: 1 / Pick: 25th overall
Selected by the Golden State Warriors
Playing career1991–2001
PositionCenter / Power forward
Coaching career2002–present
Career history
As player:
1991–1992Fortitudo Bologna
1994Valvi Girona
1994–1995Viola Reggio Calabria
1995–1997Gran Canaria
1997–2001CB Estudiantes
As coach:
2002–2003Wyoming (GA)
2003–2004Northern Colorado (assistant)
2004–2005Bowling Green (assistant)
2005–2010Wyoming (assistant)
2010–2011Boise State (assistant)
2011–2018Emporia State
2018–presentWyoming (assistant)
Career highlights and awards

Shaun Garin Vandiver (born June 15, 1968) is a retired American college and professional basketball player and currently an assistant basketball coach for the University of Wyoming. Vandiver served as the head basketball coach at Emporia State University from 2011 to 2018. Born in Chicago,[1] the Bolingbrook, Illinois native[2][3] was selected 25th overall in the 1991 NBA Draft, from Hutchinson Community College and the University of Colorado Boulder. A 6'10" (2.08 m) and 240 lb (109 kg) power forward[1] 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 one season for the Hutchinson Community College Blue Dragons, before transferring to the University of Colorado Boulder.[3][4] 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 National Invitation Tournament semifinals in 22 years.[3] Vandiver was third on the Buffaloes' all-time scoring list until being surpassed in early 2008 by Richard Roby.[5][6]

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] Vandiver was 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[2] in 2004–05.[3] Vandiver returned to Wyoming as an assistant coach in April 2018.[7]

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Emporia State Hornets (MIAA) (2011–2018)
2011–12 Emporia State 9–18 5–17
2012–13 Emporia State 13–14 8–11
2013–14 Emporia State 18–13 10–10
2014–15 Emporia State 12–16 5–14
2015–16 Emporia State 13–16 10–12
2016–17 Emporia State 13–16 9–12
2017–18 Emporia State 9–19 4–15
Emporia State: 87–112 51–91
Total: 87–112

      National champion         Postseason invitational 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 has five children with his wife Danielle.[2][3]


  1. ^ a b Shaun Vandiver profile,
  2. ^ a b c Shaun Vandiver profile,
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Ex-assistant Vandiver rejoins Wyoming hoops staff".
  4. ^ "CU Athletic Hall of Fame profile". Retrieved November 17, 2016.
  5. ^ 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"
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ Viviani, Nick. "ESU men's basketball coach leaving for Wyoming". Retrieved April 5, 2018.

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