UPIKE names Wheeler assistant women's basketball coach

PIKEVILLE — After spending the 2016-17 season as a graduate assistant with the University of Pikeville women's basketball team, Shelby Wheeler has been promoted to the full-time assistant coach position, head coach Clifton Williams recently announced.


"Shelby did an outstanding job in all facets of our program this past season," said Williams, who will be entering his second season as head coach in 2017-18. "I'm excited to bring her on as our full time assistant coach. She's an invaluable asset to our players and our program."


Wheeler helped UPIKE to a 21-11 overall record and 8-6 mark in Mid-South Conference play last season and ended the year with the Bears advancing to a third straight NAIA National Championship appearance. Wheeler also served as the head junior varsity coach, along with game prep, scouting, recruiting and player development on the varsity side.


Prior to coming to Pikeville, Wheeler served as the Director of Women's Basketball Operations at Stetson University for the 2015-16 season. While there, she organized team travel, transportation, meals, lodging and the ordering and distribution of equipment. Wheeler was also responsible for managing video coordination for practices and games and team managers.


For Stetson's 2015 Elite and Team Camps, Wheeler served as co-director, handling the set up and operations. From 2013-15, Wheeler was a team manager at Stetson, helping at practices and coordinating game-day operations.


Before attending Stetson, Wheeler played two seasons (2011-12, 2012-13) at Florida Southern College. The team won the 2012 Sunshine State Conference Regular-Season title and participated in the NCAA Division II National Tournament.


— Submitted for publication by UPIKE Sports Information Director Dan White