Jeff Linder was named as the next head coach of the University of Wyoming men’s basketball team on Tuesday. Linder, who led Northern Colorado to three-straight 20-win seasons, is the 22nd head …
Jeff Linder was named as the next head coach of the University of Wyoming men’s basketball team on Tuesday. Linder, who led Northern Colorado to three-straight 20-win seasons, is the 22nd head coach in Wyoming history.
“Jeff (Linder) turned around the basketball program at Northern Colorado and developed his team into one of the premier programs in the Big Sky Conference,” UW Athletic Director Tom Burman said, adding, “His brand of basketball will be great for our Cowboy fans to watch, as his teams play with great offensive efficiency and play a tough hard-nosed style of defense. We couldn’t be more excited to have Jeff lead Wyoming basketball into a new era.”
Linder has posted an impressive 80-50 (.615) record in four seasons at Northern Colorado. He said the new job was “almost too good to be true.”
“Wyoming has a rich basketball tradition which at a young age I was introduced to on the Sports Illustrated cover that featured Cowboy great, Fennis Dembo. From that time on growing up down the road in Denver, I was always rooting for the Cowboys,” Linder said. “For me to now have the opportunity to lead this acclaimed program is an honor that I won’t take for granted. I will work to build on the storied past built and laid before me and diligently work to make Wyoming basketball a force to be reckoned with.”
Prior to his time at Northern Colorado, Linder spent six seasons at Boise State, including three years as associate head coach of the Broncos. Linder helped guide Boise State to two NCAA tournament appearances and the team’s first Mountain West Conference Championship during his tenure.
Prior to Boise State, Linder served as an assistant and associate head coach at the University of San Francisco and also spent time at Weber State. Linder got his start in collegiate coaching as the assistant director of men’s basketball operations at Colorado, then Emporia State and Midland Junior College.
A native of Lafayette, Colorado, he played one season at Mesa State and three seasons at Western State Colorado.
Linder and his wife, Kelli, have four children, two daughters, Adison and Makalyn, and two sons, Jordan and Devon.