Justin Wieck, who spent the past four seasons on the Minnesota State University-Moorhead coaching staff, took over as the University of Minnesota Duluth head men's basketball coach on May 1, 2018, becoming the 17th head coach in the 88-year history of the Bulldog program and just the fourth since the 1984-85 season.
"My family and I are ecstatic to join the University of Minnesota Duluth and the Duluth community," said Wieck. "There is tremendous leadership from the top down in this department, as well as so many successful head coaches and programs. I am looking forward to joining such an awesome team. This basketball program has tremendous potential. The city of Duluth is a special place to be, UMD boasts a high academic reputation, a powerful and hungry fan and alumni base, and with the Romano Gymnasium renovations taking place this summer, this program is ready to take off. I am looking forward to jumping right in with this current roster, building relationships and getting this program back to the top of the NSIC."
During Wieck's successful four years of assistant coaching service (offensive coordinator) at MSU-Moorhead, the Dragons rolled up a 96-38 overall record, made three NCAA Tournament appearances, captured at least a share of two Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference regular titles, advanced to two NSIC Tournament finals and reigned as the NSIC North Division champions three times. Over that span, he helped produced two NSIC Players of the Year in Aaron Lien (2016-17) and Jordan Riewer (2014-15), six All-NSIC first team selections and two National Association of Basketball Coaches All-Americans.
In 2014-15 -- Wieck's first season -- MSU-Moorhead enjoyed its most productive season in program history. In addition to setting a team single-season record for victories by going 35-4, the Dragons laid claim to the NCAA II Central Region crown and made it to the NCAA Division II Elite 8 for the first time ever. Along the way, MSU-Moorhead also broke previous school marks for field goals made, field goal percentage, three-point field goals made, free throws made, and free throw percentage.
Prior to his arrival in Moorhead, Wieck served as the head men's basketball coach for two years at the University of Jamestown (N.D.), where he went 32-31 while directing the Jimmies to a NAIA Division II National Tournament appearance in 2012-13 as well as a second-place finish in the Association of Independent Institutions (Aii) Tournament. The following year, Jamestown captured both the inaugural North Star Athletic Association regular season and tournament championships while finishing 17-12 overall. Wieck, the 2013-14 NSAA Coach of the Year, saw four of his players receive all-conference first team honors and two become All-Americans during his time in Jamestown.
Wieck's resume also includes a two-year assistant coaching stint at NSIC member Northern State University (2010-12) where he handled the Wolves' recruiting coordinator duties. In addition, he was employed for a total of four seasons as the video coordinator (2008-10) and graduate assistant coach (2006-08) at his alma mater, the University of Iowa. While with the Hawkeye staff, Wieck worked with Steve Alford and Todd Lickliter, both National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Coach of the Year recipients, and assisted the Iowa coaches in preparing opponent scouting reports along with breaking down Hawkeye practices and game films. He also served as assistant camp director for Iowa Summer Basketball Camps and was active in the academic monitoring and community outreach for the Hawkeye program.
A native of North Liberty, Iowa, Wieck joined the Iowa program as walk-on forward in 2004, fresh off a rewarding two-season career at Kirkwood Community College (Cedar Rapids, Iowa). He eventually earned a scholarship as a senior -- the same year the Hawkeyes won the Big Ten Tournament and made their second straight NCAA Tournament appearance.
Wieck, an Academic All-Big Ten selection, earned both his Bachelor's degree in finance (2006) and Master's degree in athletic administration (2008) from Iowa. He and his wife, Laura, have two children – son Jordy (6) and daughter Anya (4).
Casey Bruggeman joins the men's basketball staff as an assistant coach in 2018-19. Bruggeman was recently hired at St. Cloud State University as the men's assistant basketball coach for two months before joining the Bulldogs.
A native of Pelican Rapids, Minn., Bruggeman spent the previous two seasons as a graduate assistant at the University of Mary. During his time with the Marauders, he aided the team with individual workouts, game planning, scouting opponents, and recruiting.
A 2016 graduate of Concordia College, Bruggeman played guard for the Cobbers before suffering a career-ending hip surgery that led him into the role of a student assistant his senior season. Bruggeman graduated with a degree in mathematics education before going on to complete his Master of Education in 2018 at U-Mary.
After a decorated playing career at Minnesota State University Moorhead, Tanner Kretchman joins Justin Wieck again this time as a member of the men's basketball staff as an assistant coach for 2018-19.
Kretchman enjoyed a four-year playing career for the Dragons that concluded with him as the program's all-time assist leader, second in made three-pointers and the 31st player at MSUM to reach 1,000 points. A native of Fargo, N.D., Kretchman directed the Dragons to two Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference titles and three NCAA Tournament appearances including the program's first appearance to the NCAA Elite Eight.
A three-time All-NSIC selection, Kretchman led the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio his sophomore and junior seasons and was named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches Division II All-District Central Region second team in 2016-17.
Before heading to MSUM, Kretchman led Fargo Davies High School his senior season to the state championship en route to being named North Dakota Mr. Basketball as he averaged 29.2 points, 5.0 assists, 4.0 rebounds anf 2.3 steals per game.
Kretchman received his Bachelor of Science in accounting in 2018.
The University of Minnesota Duluth men's basketball team has a new face to its coaching staff. Head coach Justin Wieck has announced the addition of Carson Shanks to his staff on Tuesday. Shanks slid into his new role as assistant coach this past Monday.
"We are thrilled to welcome Carson to the Bulldog program," said Wieck, who is in his second season as head coach. "Carson brings with him a tremendous amount of high-level basketball experience having played and coached at the Division I level. He will work closely with our forwards and play a pivotal role in their development as players. Carson has a great personality as well as strong-basketball ties across the Midwest, both which will be valuable in recruiting for our program moving forward. Our collective excitement for Carson to be a part of Bulldog Country is off-the-charts!"
Shanks, who will oversee the UMD post players in his coaching role, played three seasons at the University of North Dakota (2014-17) and one season at the Loyola University Chicago before signing a professional contract with the Gzira Athletica Basketball Club in Malta. He played overseas for a few months before eventually accepting the Video Coordinator position at his alma mater. During his four-year collegiate run, Shanks averaged 5.0 points, 2.6 rebounds and almost a full block per game. He left the Fighting Hawks with the eighth most blocked shots in school history and helped UND to its first NCAA Tournament appearance (2016-17) in the Division I era. Shanks also played a key role as a reserve for Loyola's NCAA Final Four run his senior season, the team's first Final Four bid since 1963.
A native of Apple Valley, Minn., Shanks was a four-year letterwinner at Prior Lake High School, where he was a two-time all-conference player in the South Suburban Conference. He was ranked as the No. 3 prospect in the state of Minnesota as a senior and helped the Lakers improve on their record each season, culminating with a 20-8 mark as a senior, the program's best mark in a decade. From 2014-17, Shanks was the head coach and the social media director for the Grand Forks Fastbreak AAU Club.
"I couldn't be more thrilled to become a part of Coach Wieck's staff as well as this on-the-rise UMD Bulldog program," said Shanks. "I honestly can't imagine a scenario more exciting than the one I am walking into. There really is an overwhelming sense of pride, not only in this community but in the university and athletic department as well, that just makes it so exciting to be a part of Bulldog Country. The strides that Coach Wieck and the team made this past season were very eye-opening considering the reputation that the NSIC has as a conference and I hope to be a part of the continued growth of this program. I truly could not be more elated to have this opportunity in front of me so that I help continue to build this program into one that this amazing university and city can be proud of."
Shanks earned a B.A. Degree in communication from North Dakota and currently resides in Duluth.