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Golding announces addition of former SFA associate head coach to ACU staff

ABILENE, Texas - ACU men's basketball coach announced Friday that he has hired former Stephen F. Austin associate head coach Brette Tanner to be his top assistant on the Wildcats' coaching staff.

Tanner joins the ACU staff after seven years at SFA where he helped the Lumberjacks to an overall mark of 153-65, three regular-season Southland Conference championships and three appearances in the SLC Post-Season Tournament title game.

Over the last six years, the Lumberjacks have the best winning percentage of all 21 NCAA Division I programs in the state of Texas (138-49, .738 winning percentage).

"I am excited to welcome Brette, his wife Lindsey and two boys, Colby and Carson, to ACU," Golding said. "Brette is a proven winner everywhere he has been, and comes to us from a program that has had a great amount of success in the league we are joining.

"He was exactly what I was looking for in this hire," Golding said. "He knows the Southland Conference, can coach on the floor, and he is a proven recruiter. He has also been a very good friend for a long time and I know he will be extremely loyal to me.

"He was a home run hire for our program and university," he said. "I am extremely grateful and very excited that he has decided to join the Wildcat family."

Prior to his arrival on staff, SFA had not won a conference championship or reached the NCAA Tournament in 21 seasons as a Division I program. But Tanner helped lead the Lumberjacks to a Southland Conference title in 2007-­08, and SFA has won two more since, giving the program three league championships in the last six years.

The 2007-­08 campaign also broke a long draught between national tournament appearances with an NIT bid. SFA followed it up the next year with a Southland
Conference Championship and a birth into the NCAA Tournament.

In 2012-­13, the Lumberjacks won their third regular-­season league title and were rewarded with another NIT bid, making Tanner a part of three of the program's four national tournament appearances at the NCAA Division I level.

As the program's recruiting coordinator, Tanner has landed several nationally ranked classes in the last six years. The success in recruiting has translated to winning basketball.  Stephen F. Austin has had five 20 win seasons in the last six years. Prior to Tanner's arrival, the program had amassed only three 20-­win campaigns in more than two decades as a Division I team.

"I truly enjoyed my seven years at Stephen F. Austin and am proud of the success that we enjoyed there," Tanner said. "However, I have never been more excited to join a new program and University. Coach Golding has been a friend for a long time and I believe in his vision for this program as well as (director of athletics) .  I can't wait to get started."

Tanner has been a part of 14 consecutive teams to have reached the post-season. Included in that mix are two of the best Lumberjack teams in program history. The 2007-08 and 2008-09 teams posted a 50-14 record combined in two seasons. Those two teams won back-to-back Southland Conference titles, earning a berth in the NIT in 2008 and the NCAA Championships in 2009.

During Tanner's time at SFA, the Lumberjacks posted wins against teams from the Big 12, Missouri Valley, Conference USA, West Coast Conference and Sun Belt.

Prior to joining the SFA coaching staff, Tanner spent two seasons as an assistant coach at South Plains College in Levelland. He helped guide South Plains to 45 wins in those two years. The Texans were also ranked in the top 25 nationally both seasons.

Before coaching at South Plains, Tanner was the head coach at Fort Scott (Kan.) Community College for four seasons. By the time he left, he ranked fourth on the all-time wins list. In addition, three out of the four years as head coach his teams posted the highest team GPA in Region VI. Before being named head coach, Tanner assisted the program for two seasons.
Before beginning his coaching career, Tanner played for Allen County (Kan.) Community College for two years, earning his associate of science degree along the way. Following his stint at ACCC he transferred to Emporia State (Kan.) University. There he earned his bachelors degree and played for head coach Ron Slaymaker. Tanner completed his education at Pittsburg State University where he earned his Masters in Kinesiology.

Information for this story provided by ACU Athletics.

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