Aug. 31, 2000
Santa Barbara, Calif. -
Jon Wheeler, an assistant basketball coach in the UC Santa Barbara men's program for the past four years, has resigned to accept a similar position at his alma mater, Cal-Berkeley, head coach Bob Williams announced today.
Wheeler, who came to UCSB in 1996 under then-head coach Jerry Pimm, was the veteran of the Gaucho staff. Prior to his arrival in Santa Barbara, he spent one season as an assistant coach at Pepperdine, three years as an assistant at UC Davis and three years as a graduate assistant at Cal. While he was at UC Davis, he also assisted Bob Williams.
"Jon did an outstanding job for UC Santa Barbara in the time that I have been here," Williams commented. "I feel that this staff has had great chemistry and has really helped get the Gaucho program back on track. Jon was a big part of that. He will do a great job for Coach (Ben) Braun at Cal and he will be missed here."
At UCSB, Wheeler worked primarily with the post players and recruited. He has been instrumental in the development of such players as B.J. Bunton, Josh Merrill and Adama Ndiaye, three of the Big West Conference's top big men the past two seasons.
The loss of Wheeler leaves the Gauchos with two returning coaches, Williams and assistant coach Marty Wilson. Mark Amaral, who had been the head coach at Peninsula Junior College in Washington, joined the staff on August 1, replacing Greg Clink who left after two years to become the top assistant coach at UC Davis. Williams hopes to fill the final position on his staff within the next couple of weeks.