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Antoni Wyche is in his fourth season as an assistant coach at Lehigh, and second as associate head coach, after helping lead the Mountain Hawks to two Patriot League Championships and NCAA Tournament appearances in the last three years. Wyche took over as associate head coach after Matt Logie departed to become the head coach at Whitworth University.
A 1999 graduate of the University of Notre Dame, Wyche brings a wealth of professional playing experience to the Lehigh sidelines, having played in numerous pro leagues in the United States and overseas for nearly a decade following his collegiate career.
Wyche has made an immediate impact as the Mountain Hawks have gone 82-48 in his four seasons in Bethlehem while winning the 2010 and 2012 Patriot League Championships. Lehigh has posted a winning record each season, while coming within a single possession of hosting its second straight Patriot League Title game in 2011.
“I am pleased to have Antoni on our coaching staff,” said Lehigh head coach Brett Reed. “His personal skills and experiences in the game of basketball are impressive. He is a wonderful complement to our coaches and has the ability to provide strong insight for our current student-athletes based on his life and playing experiences. It is also comforting to have former mentors Fran McCaffery and Billy Taylor speak so highly of his potential as a coach.”
A four-year member of the Notre Dame program, Wyche averaged 12 points, four assists and four rebounds per game during his time in South Bend as a point guard and shooting guard playing under head coach John McLeod. Also on staff for the Fighting Irish were former Lehigh head coaches McCaffery and Taylor, now the head coaches at Iowa and Ball State, respectively. Following graduation, Wyche began his professional career by playing for the New Jersey Shorecats of the United States Basketball League during the spring of 2000.
A native of New York, Wyche’s first international playing experience came as a member of Fersped Rabotnicki in Macedonia where he led his team to a 33-4 record and the Macedonian First Division championship. Wyche averaged 21 points, five assists and five rebounds during the regular season before registering averages of 13.5 points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals during the Korac Cup.
Among his international playing stops, Wyche has also played for Club de Mayas in Mexico, Kouvot in Finland, Niigata Albirex in Japan, Al Rayyan in Qatar and Zain in Jordan. He averaged 26 points and six assists for Club de Mayas in 2002, 17 points, four assists and five rebounds for Kouvot in 2002-03 and nine points, five rebounds and a league-leading six assists for Niigata Albirex in 2006-07. Wyche also played for the Adirondack Wildcats of USBL in 2003.