SUU sports briefs


Wardenburg named MBB assistant

SUU Thunderbird head men’s basketball coach Todd Simon has announced the promotion of John Wardenburg to Associate Head Coach ahead of the 2018-19 season.

Wardenburg has served on Simon’s staff both seasons in Cedar City as an Assistant Coach. He was hired in May of 2016.

“Coach Wardenburg has been a tremendous leader for our young men,” Simon said. “He’s a tireless worker and has provided valuable insight on and off the floor as we build this program.”

In two seasons coach Wardenburg has helped the T-Bird advance from a six-win program to a team that played in the quarterfinals of the Big Sky Conference Tournament last spring.

Prior to his arrival in Cedar City, Wardenburg spent nine seasons as an Assistant Coach at Brigham Young University. He also had several other stops including more recent ones at BYU-Hawaii, Indian Hills Community College and Westlake High School.

The T-Birds will open their regular season competition on October 30 inside the America First Event Center with an exhibition matchup against Life Pacific.

Booth joins golf coaching staff

The Thunderbird men’s and women’s golf programs and head coach Richard Church have announced the hiring of Nic Booth as Assistant Coach for both teams.

“Nic was a very good player for us and we’re excited to have him back with the program,” Church said. “He has a lot of knowledge about the game of golf and will be a real asset for our current players.”

Booth played for the Thunderbird men’s golf team from 2010-2015, and was a regular member of the Thunderbird lineup the four years he competed. In his senior year with the program Booth won the Utah Invitational, posting a 68 in the first round and a 69 in the second round. He averaged 72.7 per round that season as well.

After graduating from Southern Utah University and leaving the program Booth worked at Glenmoor Golf Course on their Customer Service Staff and Maintenance Staff.

“It’s really exciting to be back in Cedar City and I’m looking forward to being involved with SUU golf again,” Booth said. “This place is very special to me, I have a lot of great memories in Cedar City, and I’m looking forward to helping these student-athletes reach their potential.”

Booth graduated with a degree in Psychology from Southern Utah University.

Volleyball coaches pick T-Birds to finish 10th

The Big Sky Conference released the results of the 2018 Big Sky Volleyball Coaches Poll and the Southern Utah Thunderbirds were picked to finish 10th in the conference.

The Idaho Vandals were picked to win the Big Sky by the coaches in the conference. Idaho posted a 12-4 Big Sky record last season and made it to the semifinals of the conference tournament. Northern Arizona took second in the poll and Sacramento State took third, rounding out the top three.

Southern Utah finished last season with a 2-14 Big Sky record with both wins coming on their home court.

The Thunderbirds’ first match in the America First Event Center will take place on Sept. 20 against Weber State. It will also be their first Big Sky Conference match of the season.

Photo: John Wardenburg

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