Apr 26, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorInterim Central Wyoming College men's basketball coach Shelby Lindley has been on the job since October, guiding the Rustlers to a 23-7 record this season on the hardwood.
Lindley made his pitch Friday morning why CWC should name him to the job officially.
Lindley, 24, says he is the youngest head men's basketball coach in the United States.
"It's one of those things that everybody tries to twist on a negative toward you," Lindley said. "I haven't been through a lot of experiences that a lot of other guys have been through. At the same time,
I think that it's a very positive thing because I relate to the players and understand what they are going through. I understand how the world works now with social media."
Current CWC men's basketball players, members of the basketball screening committee, and supporters of the program were in attendance.
Lindley was elevated to the serve as the interim head coach during preseason practice before the season started in November after Curtis Condie was terminated.
Lindley and Pat Rafferty were the two finalists for the position out of 89 applicants. Rafferty is the director of basketball operations at University of Texas-Arlington.
He made his public presentation on Thursday.
"I have been on the interview for the last seven months," Lindley said.
"It means a lot to go 23-7.
"You want to have a successful season in no matter what you want to do."
After Lindley was put in charge, the CWC men's basketball team had a GPA of 3.14.
"Our kids have got everything done in the classroom," Lindley said.
"We had a successful season. Our kids have been great in the community and across the campus."
Lindley came to CWC after working on the coaching staff at Idaho State University.
"I would love to be here for a long time and watch Central Wyoming College grow. That is something that I want to be a part of," Lindley said. "I think that there is a lot of room for growth here."
Lindley said the most rewarding thing as a coach this year has been watching his players sign national letters of intent to move on to four-year programs.
CWC's Armani Flannigan signed his letter on Wednesday to play at Division I school North Texas. Other CWC players in the running to move on to bigger basketball programs are Davion Pearson, Ryan Thomas and Austin Hudson.
"I expect some more from some of our players," Lindley said. "Some are going slower than others. That is just part of it."
"I'm impressed with both candidates," CWC assistant dean for student services Steve Barlow said.
"I think that both of them would do a great job at CWC. The screening committee did a great job in bringing these two on."
Barlow said CWC would like to make the final decision on the head coaching position in the next few days.
"We have two qualified candidates," Barlow said. "We want to make sure that we select the right person. They work very closely with all the students. "
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