The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

March 26, 2013

Weiberg to take over Missouri Western basketball program


From staff reports

— Brett Weiberg has been hired as men’s basketball coach at Missouri Western, Griffons athletics director Kurt McGuffin announced on Tuesday.

Weiberg, who has coached at Northern Oklahoma-Tonkawa since 2006, will be introduced at a press conference at 11 a.m. today at the Griffon Indoor Sports Complex.

Weiberg was chosen from more than 200 applicants. He replaces Tom Smith, the MIAA’s winningest coach who retired after 25 seasons as the Griffons’ coach.

“This search was an open, competitive search with many quality applicants from all levels of basketball,” McGuffin said in a press release. “Brett showed some unique characteristics that I felt fit best with what we need in our men’s basketball program at Missouri Western.”

“I am really excited,” Weiberg said. “I feel very humbled and blessed to have this opportunity. Kurt McGuffin has been absolutely wonderful.

“This is a move I have been wanting to make for a few years, and I am fortunate to do it at a place that has so much rich tradition ... a great school in a good location in a very good league. I’m looking forward to competing at a high level and just as importantly, I’m looking forward to working with a bunch of good people.”

Weiberg, 38, won 125 games in seven seasons at Northern Oklahoma. Last season Northern Oklahoma went 27-4 and won the OCAC regular-season championship.

He began his coaching career in 1998 as an assistant at Blinn College. After stints at Wayland Baptist and Texas-San Antonio, he came to Northern Oklahoma where he spent five years as an assistant under his father, Mick Weiberg, before becoming head coach in 2006.

Weiberg played on two conference championship teams for his dad at Northern Oklahoma. He transferred to Sam Houston State for his final two years and was voted team captain as a senior and led the team in minutes plated. He also was named to the Southland Conference all-academic team two years.

Wieberg and his wife Kristy have three children, Jared Cole, Jayden Cora and Jackson Cash.