WSU hires Tyson Waterman as assistant basketball coach

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In adding the latest branch of his coaching tree, Wichita State head coach Gregg Marshall looked to his roots.

Marshall announced the hiring of Tyson Waterman as an assistant coach.

An all-conference point guard on Marshall’s first two Winthrop University teams in the late 1990s, Waterman replaces Kyle Lindsted who accepted a similar position at Minnesota earlier this month.

Marshall said:

“Tyson was my first star player at Winthrop. He is a tremendous competitor who led us to two NCAA Tournaments in his final two years of eligibility. As a coach, Tyson is very loyal and hard-working. He’s a tremendous relationship builder, which will make him a valuable recruiter, and his in-depth understanding of the point guard position and knowledge of our system will make him an asset for our perimeter players.”

Waterman played four seasons at Winthrop – the last two under Marshall. The pair helped the program to Big South titles in 1999 and 2000 and the school’s first-ever NCAA Tournament bids.

Waterman was twice named first team All-Big South Conference and finished his career ranked 
fourth on the school’s career scoring chart (1,461 points) and third in assists (469). In 2007 Waterman was inducted into the Winthrop Sports Hall of Fame, and his No. 41 jersey has been retired.

“I’m excited to be reuniting with my former coach and being a part of the Shocker family,” Waterman said.  “I love what Coach Marshall represents and the culture that he creates as a head coach. I learned a lot from him as a player and I’m eager to continue learning from him in this new capacity.”

From 2010-18, Waterman spent eight seasons in two separate stints as head boys basketball coach at Believe Sports Academy, a highly-regarded prep school program based in Rock Hill, S.C. His list of Division I products includes incoming Shocker freshman Dexter Dennis.

During the 2014-15 season Waterman worked as an assistant coach at Southeast Louisiana.  Prior to Believe Prep, he spent the 2009-10 campaign as the head coach of the American Basketball Association’s (ABA) Charlotte Crossovers.

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