Vandiver picked to lead ESU men's basketball program


Former NBA first round draft pick Shaun Vandiver has been selected as the 16th head men's basketball coach at Emporia State University.

Shaun Vandiver“I'm very excited to be coming back to Kansas as the head coach at Emporia State," said Vandiver. "This is a state with some great memories for me - I met my wife here, our first child was born in Kansas and I was part of a national championship team at Hutch.”

The Bolingbrook, Ill. native was a key component in Hutchinson Community College’s tournament run to the 1988 NJCAA National Championship. 

He has spent the last ten years as an assistant coach at the NCAA Division I level, most recently at Boise State University. He was one of nearly 140 formal candidates for the position.

“Shaun 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,” said ESU Director of Athletics Kent Weiser. "He's a man known and respected throughout the coaching profession, and is known for his integrity, his skill as a teacher of the game, and his talent for recruiting."

The 43 year old Vandiver is married to the former Danielle Dodgion, a native of Newton. They have five children - Aubrey (age 22), Amber (18), Garin (16), Alessandra (9) and Gage (7).

The ESU men are 14th among all NCAA Division II schools with 1,316 wins in 105 seasons of basketball. They are one of just three MIAA programs to advance to the conference tournament every year since it moved to Kansas City in 2003 and have been to the tourney semifinals in four of the last six seasons.

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Vandiver's announcement and news conference