TIFFIN, Ohio – Heidelberg University men’s basketball coach Andy Bucheit has announced the hiring of two assistant coaches, Bryan Wickliffe and Joe Puch, for the upcoming 2013-14 season.
Bryan Wickliffe was a four-year starter for the College of Wooster. Wickliffe is the 16th leading scorer and 10th leading rebounder in the program’s history. During the 2010-11 season, he helped lead the Fighting Scots to a runner-up finish in the NCAA Division III national tournament. Wooster won four NCAC titles and advanced to the tournament each season during Wickliffe’s stint.
“I hired Bryan because of his experience and he is a winner, while Joe brings a great work ethic and a high basketball IQ to our staff," said Bucheit.
Since his graduation in 2011, Wickliffe has remained at Wooster, working as an assistant coach.
“Bryan brings a winning attitude to our program that is an essential building block in bringing our program into the national spotlight,” said Bucheit. “He has been a part of teams as a player and coach who have played in six NCAA tournaments.
Joe Puch, a 2012 Marietta College graduate, understands how to compete in the physical Ohio Athletic Conference. As a Pioneer, Puch was named the team’s best defensive player for all four years. In 2011, he helped bring Marietta its first-ever OAC tournament title and first regular season crown in 36 years. That season, the Pioneers advanced to the Sweet 16.
Puch and his ’12 classmates finished with 66 wins, the most by a graduating class in Marietta’s history.
"Joe was a big part of our quick turn-around at Marietta, so he understands the process of rebuilding a program having been through it as a player and coach,” said Bucheit. “He will be an invaluable resource for our players to tap into as we build Heidelberg basketball into a national competitor."
Puch worked as a volunteer assistant in Marietta last year, where he coached with Bucheit.
"We have two of the most talented up and coming young coaches in small college basketball,” said Bucheit. “Both of these young men have bright careers ahead of them and I am fortunate to have them as members of our coaching staff and the Heidelberg community.”
Bucheit, entering his first season at Heidelberg, and his staff inherit a team which advanced to the OAC tournament three of the last four seasons.
Photos courtesy of Wooster Sports Information and Marietta Sports Information