Southern Miss men’s basketball head coach Doc Sadler has announced the additions of Connor Wheeler (video coordinator) and Jeremy Tekulve (graduate assistant) to the staff for the 2018-19 season.
“We’re very excited to hire someone with Connor’s experience and knowledge of video and the game of basketball,” Sadler said. “It is always good to be able to hire people that bleed Southern Miss, and that is what I did when I hired Jeremy. I look forward to working with both of them.”
Wheeler comes to Hattiesburg by way of Columbia, Mo., where he served in video coordinator and graduate assistant roles at Mizzou from 2016-18. He worked with current Southern Miss assistant coach Steve Shields the first of those seasons. Wheeler also has extensive playing experience across all collegiate levels, having competed on the hardwood for Illinois Wesleyan, John A. Logan College, Central Missouri and SIU-Edwardsville.
“I am extremely excited and grateful for the opportunity to join the coaching staff at Southern Miss,” Wheeler said. “I look forward to assisting Coach Sadler and his staff, and I can’t wait to get started.”
Wheeler, a native of Carbondale, Ill., was also a volunteer assistant coach at John A. Logan College after his May 2016 graduation from SIU-Edwardsville and before starting the fall term at Mizzou. He earned his master’s degree in education, school and counseling psychology from Mizzou this past May.
Tekulve is a 2017 graduate of Southern Miss (sport management with a security emphasis) and served as a men’s basketball manager his final two years, where his primary duties involved travel operations and scouting among many others. This past athletic season, he was a graduate assistant on the equipment staff, which included a heavy role in football practices and travel.
“I’m really happy to get to work with Coach Sadler and the team,” Tekulve said. “I really enjoyed working with them before, and I’m fortunate to have the opportunity to come back to work with this staff and help the team get better.”
Tekulve, who hails from Harrison, Ohio, intends to complete his master’s degree in sport management in May 2019.