By Joshua Scheer, reporter and Ernie Over, managing editor, county10.com
UPDATE AT 5:40 P.M.
In a statement following his separation from the school today, former CWC Coach Curtis Condie told County10.com this afternoon, “I wish nothing but the best for CWC and its Men’s Basketball Players. They will do well and as far as for me all I can say is that I have not lied, cheated or stole. CWC will do great things unfortunatly I will not be apart of it.”
UPDATE AT 4:59 P.M.
Head Basketball Coach Curtis Condie no longer employed by Central Wyoming College.
“He no longer works here, and with any situation, we would go with that wording,” said CWC Executive Vice President for Student and Academic Services Jason Wood. “We have a separation of employment.”
Wood said Condie’s separation from the college was unrelated to problems in the college’s Volleyball program, which was placed under probation and the last three years of results vacated by the National Junior College Athletic Association late last week. “No, I can’t believe how there would be any connection,” he said.
In a news release issued just before 5 p.m., the college issued a statement announcing that Shelby Lindley is the new head men’s basketball coach for the Rustlers.
The text of the news release is as follows:
Lindley steps in as CWC men’s basketball coach
Shelby Lindley is Central Wyoming College’s new men’s basketball, replacing Curtis Condie who has separated employment from CWC effective Monday, October 29.
Lindley, who was hired this fall as the assistant coach, has accepted the job to lead the Rustlers for the 2012-13 season, and fans can see the team in action at a home opener Thursday, November 1 at 6 p.m. against Impact Academy. Lindley also assumes the responsibilities as sports information director at Central.
Lindley spent the past season at Idaho State University where he was the graduate assistant/director of basketball operations. With Lindley’s help, Idaho State finished fifth in the Big Sky Conference. While at ISU, he worked for Deane Martin and Joe O’Brien. O’Brien has won three NJCAA National Championships and numerous other awards.
Before joining the staff at ISU, Lindley spent two years at Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, Idaho, and the College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls where he worked under hall of fame coach Tim Hills, Brandon Rinta and Steve Gosar.
While coaching at Northwest Nazarene, the team compiled a 33-25 record while also recording its first NCAA postseason win in school’s history. Lindley coached the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year in Paul Egwuonwu and All-League Selection Brian Barkdoll (sixth round pick Tulsa 66ers NBA Developmental League). Lindley has spent the past two summers with the Idaho Select AAU program as the head coach for the U-16 team.
Lindley, originally from Wellsville, Utah and a graduate of Mountain Crest High School in Hyrum, Utah, attended Dawson Community College where he played baseball and was a Mon-Dak first team selection for pitcher and utility his sophomore year. Lindley then went on to play at Northwest Nazarene where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Recreation and Sports Management.
CWC is planning to hire an assistant men’s basketball coach to support Lindley. The college also intends to commence a nationwide search for the coaching position at or near the end of the basketball season.
(Riverton, Wyo.) – County10.com has learned that the tenure of Central Wyoming College head men’s basketball coach Curtis Condie was ended effective today. The information was confirmed at 4:50 p.m. in a short statement from the college.
Condie had been serving a suspension that was unexpectedly extended last week.
Condie’s name has been purged from the CWC on-line staff directory.
Officials at the college were unavailable for comment earlier this afternoon but CWC Executive Vice President for Student and Academic Services Jason Wood confirmed that Condie was no longer the men’s basketball coach and that he was replaced by Shelby Linley, the team’s assistant coach.
A source with close ties to the college said the coaches employment “was separated” this afternoon.
CWC President Dr. JoAnne Y. McFarland reportedly left the campus this afternoon without comment.
This story will be updated.