Sports in Brief 6/25/14

Big Sky Conference to reinstate men’s golf

The Big Sky Conference announced earlier this month that men’s golf will be a sponsored sport once again beginning this year.

Men’s golf was last sponsored by Big Sky Conference in 2002. Following the 2002 season, Eastern Washington University and Portland State University dropped their men’s golf programs, which dropped the Big Sky Conference below the required number of teams to continue sponsoring the sport. In 2007, the America Sky Conference was founded to bring back men’s golf to Big Sky member schools.

The Weber State University men’s golf team will compete against the University of North Dakota, the University of Northern Colorado, California State University, Sacramento, and Southern Utah University in the Big Sky Conference this season, as well as new Big Sky member, the University of Idaho, and affiliate members Binghamton University and the University of Hartford. The Wildcats are the reigning men’s golf champions, having taken the Big Sky title in 2001 and 2002.

Men’s basketball announces coaching changes

The Weber State men’s basketball team has announced the hiring of former University of Florida graduate assistant coach David Moats as director of basketball operations, after last year’s Director of Basketball Operations Garrett Lever was named assistant coach.

Lever replaces former Wildcat standout Kellen McCoy on coach Randy Rahe’s staff. McCoy left the program in May to become the head coach at St. Mary’s High School in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Lever played two seasons for the Seattle University men’s basketball team from 2009 to 2011 and served as the video coordinator for Weber State during the 2012-13 season. According to the official announcement, Lever will work with the program in all areas, including recruiting, scouting and player development.

Moats joins Weber State after two seasons with Florida as a graduate assistant coach. Moats received a master’s degree in Sports Management at Florida earlier this year.

The Gators finished last season 18-0 against Southeastern Conference opponents and were chosen as a No. 1 seed in the 2014 NCAA men’s basketball tournament. Florida advanced to the Final Four, where they lost to the eventual champion University of Connecticut Huskies 63-53.