OFFICIAL: Wieck Named Head Basketball Coach at Minnesota Duluth

Thanks to great sources who had out in front of this one last week (Daily Dirt – 4/26/18). The hiring of Justin Wieck as the head basketball coach at Minnesota Duluth has now been made official. The 33-year old Wieck, who spent the past four seasons on the Minnesota State University-Moorhead coaching staff, becomes the 17th head coach in the 88-year history of the Bulldog program and just the fourth since the 1984-85 season.

“My family and I are ecstatic to join the University of Minnesota Duluth and the Duluth community,” said Wieck. “There is tremendous leadership from the top down in this department, as well as so many successful head coaches and programs.  I am looking forward to joining such an awesome team.  This basketball program has tremendous potential.  The city of Duluth is a special place to be, UMD boasts a high academic reputation, a powerful and hungry fan and alumni base, and with the Romano Gymnasium renovations taking place this summer, this program is ready to take off.  I am looking forward to jumping right in with this current roster, building relationships and getting this program back to the top of the NSIC.”

During Wieck’s successful four years of assistant coaching service (offensive coordinator) at MSU-Moorhead, the Dragons rolled up a 96-38 overall record, made three NCAA Tournament appearances, captured at least a share of two Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference regular titles, advanced to two NSIC Tournament finals and reigned as the NSIC North Division champions three times. Over that span, he helped produced two NSIC Players of the Year in Aaron Lien (2016-17) and Jordan Riewer (2014-15), six All-NSIC first team selections and two National Association of Basketball Coaches All-Americans.

In 2014-15 — Wieck’s first season — MSU-Moorhead enjoyed its most productive season in program history. In addition to setting a team single-season record for victories by going 35-4, the Dragons laid claim to the NCAA II Central Region crown and made it to the NCAA Division II Elite 8 for the first time ever. Along the way, MSU-Moorhead also broke previous school marks for field goals made, field goal percentage, three-point field goals made, free throws made, and free throw percentage.

Prior to his arrival in Moorhead, Wieck served as the head men’s basketball coach for two years at the University of Jamestown (N.D.), where he went 32-31 while directing the Jimmies to a NAIA Division II National Tournament appearance in 2012-13 as well as a second-place finish in the Association of Independent Institutions (Aii) Tournament. The following year, Jamestown captured both the inaugural North Star Athletic Association regular season and tournament championships while finishing 17-12 overall. Wieck, the 2013-14 NSAA Coach of the Year, saw four of his players receive all-conference first team honors and two become All-Americans during his time in Jamestown.

Wieck’s resume also includes a two-year assistant coaching stint at NSIC member Northern State University (2010-12) where he handled the Wolves’ recruiting coordinator duties.  In addition, he was employed for a total of four seasons as the video coordinator (2008-10) and graduate assistant coach (2006-08) at his alma mater, the University of Iowa. While with the Hawkeye staff, Wieck worked with Steve Alford and Todd Lickliter, both National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Coach of the Year recipients, and assisted the Iowa coaches in preparing opponent scouting reports along with breaking down Hawkeye practices and game films. He also served as assistant camp director for Iowa Summer Basketball Camps and was active in the academic monitoring and community outreach for the Hawkeye program.

A native of North Liberty, Iowa, Wieck joined the Iowa program as walk-on forward in 2004, fresh off a rewarding two-season career at Kirkwood Community College (Cedar Rapids, Iowa). He eventually earned a scholarship as a senior — the same year the Hawkeyes won the Big Ten Tournament and made their second straight NCAA Tournament appearance.

Wieck, an Academic All-Big Ten selection, earned both his Bachelor’s degree in finance (2006) and Master’s degree in athletic administration (2008) from Iowa. He and his wife, Laura, have two children – son Jordy (6) and daughter Anya (4).

“We are very excited to have Justin Wieck as the new head coach of Bulldog men’s basketball,” said UMD Athletic Director Josh Berlo. “He brings a proven track record of success as a student-athlete, head coach and assistant coach at multiple collegiate levels. We are confident in, and look forward to, a bright future for the men’s basketball program at UMD.”

“We had a deep and strong applicant pool,” said UMD Senior Associate Athletic Director Karen Stromme, who chaired the search committee. “UMD basketball has a very rich and storied history and we are thrilled to find the perfect fit for our program with the hire of Justin Wieck.”

Wieck officially starts at UMD on May 15.

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