Men's Basketball Coaching Staff
Tyson Wheeler
Assistant Men's Basketball Coach
Coach Info:
Position: Assistant Men's Basketball Coach
Phone: 203-254-4000 ext. 2103

Follow Coach Wheeler on Twitter: @tysboogie21

Wheeler recently completed his fifth season as an assistant coach with the men's basketball team after serving two years as the director of basketball operations. 

The Stags earned three postseason berths during his tenure as an assistant coach. Fairfield accepted an invitation to the postseason tournament (CIT) in 2012, 2013 and 2016. During his tenure, two Fairfield student-athletes have signed professional contracts, namely Rakim Sanders (Israel) and Ryan Olander (Lithuania). 

Wheeler graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a bachelor of arts degree in sociology. On the basketball court, Wheeler earned Atlantic-10 All-Rookie honors in 1995, and followed with  All-Atlantic-10 second team accolades as a sophomore. He collected All-Atlantic-10 first team honors as a junior and as a senior. He led the Rams to the Elite 8 during the 1998 NCAA Tournament.

He won the New England Coaches Association Bob Cousy Award, and was a candidate for the John Wooden Award. He was a finalist for the USA Men's 22 & Under team in 1997. In 2005, Wheeler was named to the University of Rhode Island All-Century Team.

He continued his basketball career upon his graduation after being drafted by the Toronto Raptors in the 1998 NBA Draft. His career path took him to the Denver Nuggets for the 1998-99 campaign. His pro career also included stops in the CBA and the ABA. Wheeler played overseas in the Turkish Basketball League (199-2000), Israel Premier League (2002-03), the Italian League A (2003-05), France LNB ProA (2006-07), and Cyprus A1 (2008).