Texas Wesleyan has appointed Brennen Shingleton to head coach of the men’s basketball program as of June 1.
Shingleton has been a part of the Wesleyan coaching staff for 12 years, and has a wife named Amanda and a 15-month-old daughter named Kendall.
“I was the assistant coach, associate head coach, and now the head coach of the program,” Shingleton said. “We did not lose anyone and it was a pretty smooth transition.”
With the coaching change, Shingleton was able to keep the guys that were previously recruited.
“The guys understood the situation,” Shingleton said. “With that being said we worked hard to mend the fences a little bit and understand the direction we were going in.”
Shingleton said he wants to instill toughness into his players and wants guys that play for the right reasons.
Bryan Werner, junior business administration major and post player said the coaches have stressed conditioning during practice.
“We have been working hard every day and we are starting to come together as a team,” Werner said. “We are making progress.”
Shingleton said his players have been working hard, going to class and have been unselfish.
“I want them to enjoy each other and to have accountability,” Shingleton said. “I want us to be kind of hungry and irritated in a way because we lost the conference championship last year… first time in five years.”
Shingleton said having this accountability and drive can also transition into the players’ personal lives.
“We want them to strive to do their best in every class,” Shingleton said.
Werner said the coaches push the players to give 100 percent every day and exceed on the court as well as in the classroom.
Jazz Holman, junior mass communications major, said preseason has been good so far.
“Everybody has been working hard to get in basketball shape,” Holman said. “It is great having Coach Shingleton here.”
Shingleton said he has two assistant coaches that have helped him tremendously, Tim Bellmon and Rick Dotson.
“It’s a program it’s not just one guy hustling around,” Shingleton said. “We have moving pieces and a lot of great kids.”
Men’s basketball begins practice Sept. 29 with the first game against Lubbock Christian on Nov. 1.