FIU women’s basketball head coach Jesyka Burks-Wiley announced the hiring of assistant coach Dan Wendt on Wednesday afternoon.
Wendt joins FIU after spending the past year as the Head of Skill Development at IMG Academy. During his time there, he was responsible for skill development of all academy athletes, film analysis and breakdown, while also creating and executing pre-draft workout plans for current NBA stars Ja Morant and Luke Maye, who currently plays in the NBA G-League. In addition to working with NBA stars like Morant and Maye, Wendt has also helped develop Rajon Rondo, Julius Randle, Anthony Davis, Jrue Holiday, DeMarcus Cousins, Kristaps Porzingis, Myles Turner, Domantas Sabonis and Denzel Valentine.
“Coach Wendt brings an incredible wealth of knowledge from every level,” Head Coach Burks-Wiley said. “Being able to provide our players with a staff member who has coached some of the best players in the world shows the direction our program is headed.”
Wendt has previously worked with the New Orleans Pelicans and Maine Red Claws (NBA D-League affiliate of the Boston Celtics). While with the Pelicans, he served as a player development assistant coach with post players and was also an assistant coach for skill development during the Summer League, where he worked with Rajon Rondo and Julius Randle. Wendt’s coaching played a vital role to Randle’s development as he helped improve Randle’s 3-point percentage from 22% to 34%.
Aside from the his work with the Pelicans, Wendt worked with Kristaps Porzingis and Myles Turner in 2015 during their NBA pre-draft process at Impact Academy in Las Vegas, while helping Domantas Sabonis and Denzel Valentine in 2016 with their pre-draft process at Integrity Hoops alongside Noah LaRoche in Los Angeles.
Born and raised in San Jose, California, Wendt received an Associate’s Degree from West Valley College while making the Dean’s List. He then went on to graduate from Chaminade University in 2008 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and graduated with distinction as well as Most Outstanding Graduate in Communications.
Wendt now resides in Miami, Florida with his wife Jesyka Burks-Wiley, head coach for FIU women’s basketball.C-USA FIU