Buena Vista interim Director of Athletics Brian Van Haaften has announced that current assistant men’s basketball coach and head men’s golf coach Eric Wiebers will step down from his coaching duties at the end of the school year to begin a non-coaching opportunity in Storm Lake.
Wiebers has been a part of Van Haaften’s basketball coaching staff for the past six years and his top assistant the last four. During his time on the bench, the Beavers have won more than 100 games (106-57), including a strong 69-27 mark during Iowa Conference play, while capturing two conference regular season and tournament titles.
“I will miss being around him every day,” Van Haaften states. “He was great at game preparation and preparing our team for games. He also brought an outstanding perspective on the recruiting trail. Our players are also going to miss him and I know he’ll be just as successful in his future endeavors.”
Prior to joining the coaching staff, Wiebers was also involved within the program as a player for the three previous seasons. He earned all-conference accolades each year and was the IIAC MVP in 2003. He was later tabbed as one of 10 finalists for the nation’s prestigious Jostens Trophy, which is awarded to the top player in Division III. He concluded his playing days ranked 9th on the program’s all-time scoring list with 1,310 points and also ranked 2nd in career three-point makes (243).
“I’d like to thank Buena Vista University and Coach Van Haaften for the tremendous experiences I’ve been able to have during my time as a coach here,” Wiebers says. “ I’ve truly enjoyed every single minute spent trying to make the basketball and golf programs reach their full potential while helping those student-athletes reach their own potential outside of athletics. I will sincerely miss the relationships and time spent with all the players and my fellow coaches.”
Aside from basketball, Wiebers has also guided the men’s golf program for the last four seasons. His teams have a pair of top-five IIAC finishes heading into this season, and he has also coached a pair of All-IIAC golfers, including the individual champion in 2010.
“Buena Vista is full of a great people and great kids who truly believe in the University,” he adds. “As an alum and former coach it will always hold a special place in my heart, and I look forward to being a fan and continuing to support the mission of BVU in any way that I can.”
Van Haaften says that a search for a replacement will begin immediately.
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