Aug. 3, 2007
Joey Wells, who served as an assistant coach for division II powerhouse Missouri Western, has been named assistant women's basketball coach at Lamar University, announced Head Coach Larry Tidwell.
With the help of Wells, Missouri Western averaged 23 wins over the last two seasons and a posted a 30-4 record last year. The Griffons earned a No. 2 national ranking, won the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association conference championship and advanced to the regional semifinals.
"I've known Joey for 10 years, and I've always respected the job he did at the junior college level, and his passion for the game," Tidwell said. "He will bring not only basketball knowledge, but intensity, personality and persistence to our program. He's a great recruiter and will give Lady Cardinal basketball instant credibility throughout the country."
Before his stint at Missouri Western, Wells was the head coach at Ranger Junior College in Ranger, Texas where he was the head coach for two seasons. He also spent two seasons as the head coach at Howard Junior College in Big Spring Texas. Prior to taking over as the head coach he was an assistant at Howard for one season.
Before transitioning into the women's game, Wells spent the 1998-99 season as an assistant men's basketball coach at Cal State Sacramento, in Sacramento, Calif.
Wells graduated from Fresno Pacific University in 1996, earning a bachelor's degree in physical education. He is married to his wife Tina, and has three children, Tanner 15, Alex 14 and Carlie 12.