Posted: Jun 5, 2013 8:29 PM by MTN Sports
BILLINGS - Montana State didn't take long to name at least one replacement after losing two assistant coaches earlier this week.
MSU-Billings Associate Head Coach Justin Wetzel has been hired by the Bobcats after spending the previous four seasons at MSUB. The Cats announced Monday that assistants Scott Carson and Aerick Sanders would not return.
"I'm thrilled that Justin has joined our program," Huse said. "He is a well-rounded coach who can handle many areas within our program and do it with energy, substance and professionalism. He is well-respected around Montana and within the college coaching ranks, and recently he has been a finalist and interviewed for college head coaching positions so his talents aren't a secret."
Huse likes the intensity Wetzel brings to Bobcat basketball. "Justin is a grinder and he will be involved with almost every phase of our program," Huse said. "I know that our players will appreciate the sincerity and work ethic he brings to the team."
Prior to MSU Billings, Wetzel was most recently a head coach in the Continental Basketball Association (CBA) for the Butte Daredevils and was the youngest professional basketball head coach in the United States when hired in 2008.
Wetzel has experience at a variety of levels including high school, college and professional. He helped lead the 2011-2012 Yellowjacket team to its first GNAC tournament title and a berth in the NCAA tournament. The 2010-11 Yellowjackets beat a Division I opponent for the first time since 1997 by defeating Eastern Washington. The Jackets also beat 2010 defending NCAA Division II National Champion Cal Poly Pomona that season.
Professionally, Wetzel has coached over 30 Division I athletes from numerous conferences including the ACC, Pac 10, SEC, Big East, and Big 12. He has also been involved with the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.
Wetzel opened his high school head coaching career in Joliet before taking over at Ryegate. His latest high school move was coaching Broadview/Lavina between 2004 and 2006.
The Cut Bank native is an enrolled member of the Blackfeet Indian Tribe and played two years at Dawson Community College. He has a bachelor's degree in Mass Communications from Montana State Billings.