ESU men's basketball coach leaving for Wyoming

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EMPORIA, Kan. (WIBW) — Emporia State men's basketball head coach Shaun Vandiver apparently believes the third time's the charm - at least when it comes to being a Cowboy.

On Thursday, the Hornets announced Vandiver was leaving after seven seasons and returning to the University of Wyoming where he will take an assistant coaching position to on Allen Edwards staff.

"This decision has not been an easy one. To leave my staff, players, Emporia State and the wonderful community of Emporia is difficult," said Vandiver. "I've had several other offers in the past but, at this time, I feel this opportunity is a challenge I want to embrace and that it also is the best for my family."

Vandiver racked up a record of 87-112 in his time in Emporia. The finished last season with a 9-19 record with many of those losses coming in very close games (less than 5 points) or in overtime.

"Coach Vandiver is known and respected throughout the coaching profession, and he has much to give to college athletics," said ESU Director of Athletics Kent Weiser. "He has played the game at the highest levels, and he has a unique advantage teaching young men how to reach their potential in academics, basketball, and in life."

His resignation leaves both Hornets' basketball programs without head coaches. The former women's coach Jory Collins left to take an assistant coaching job at the University of Kansas.

This will be Vandiver's third stint in Laramie. He was a graduate assistant with the team in 2002-03 and was an assistant coach for five seasons, from 2005-11.