Terrell Newton named Dakota Wesleyan University assistant men's basketball coach
The Dakota Wesleyan University men's basketball program has named Terrell Newton its top assistant coach for the upcoming 2021-22 season, the Dakota Wesleyan athletic department announced Friday.
Terrell Newton is back in familiar territory.
Newton, a former DWU men’s basketball player and graduate assistant coach, was named the Tigers’ top assistant coach on Friday and applying for a different job led him back to Mitchell.
Newton, who spent two seasons at Miller High School, interviewed for the Iowa Lakes assistant women’s basketball position and he listed DWU coach Matt Wilber as a reference person.
But Wilber also had an opening and he approached the former Tiger about his interest in it. Former assistant coach Tyler Vaughan left his post after one season and recently accepted a teaching position in Windom, Minnesota.
That meant the stars aligned for Newton to return to Dakota Wesleyan.
“I am excited to be here and ready to reconnect with those relationships I formed before and I am fired up to get going,” said Newton, who hails from Huron and will officially begin his role at DWU on June 9.
Newton, 29, spent his last two seasons of collegiate basketball at Dakota Wesleyan in 2015 and 2016 following stints at Dakota State University, Iowa Lakes Community College and Wayne State College.
Newton said not being so far removed from the program as a player and graduate assistant will help with his new role.
“It just allows me to see the game from a different perspective,” Newton said. “I am able to relate to the players in a way which I can get across to them and maybe relate to how things are on the court and just being able to have a recollection of what I went through as a player.”
He was a graduate assistant coach for the Tigers from 2016-18. Newton aided with both player development and recruiting duties, while also coaching the junior varsity team.
“I am excited that we are adding Terrell as our assistant coach and he has immediate credibility with our roster because he was once in their shoes,” Wilber said in a press release. “Terrell grew as a player, as a person, and as a coach here at DWU and he will continue that path in his new role in being able to provide our players with a unique perspective based on his experiences.”
At Miller, Newton was the head girls basketball coach and athletic director. Under his guidance, six Rustlers received all-conference accolades and the Rustlers made a pair of SoDak 16 appearances.
“It allowed me to run my own program and I was the athletic director,” Newton said. “So that allowed me to work on running an entire athletic program. I feel like I grew as a person and as a leader in my time away from Dakota Wesleyan.”
Newton also serves as camp director and player development coach of Tri-State Ambush Basketball Academy. He said he will continue working for Ambush in some capacity.