Weber State University Athletic Director, Richard Hannan, announced today that Ron Abegglen, 53, has been selected as the new men's basketball coach. Abegglen, who replaces Denny Huston, becomes the seventh head coach of Wildcat basketball since the school attained four-year status in 1962-63.

Abegglen comes to Weber State after spending the past five seasons as head coach at the University of Alaska-Anchorage. Abegglen led the Seawolves to a record of 109-45 (.707) and into the NCAA Division II playoffs during four of those seasons. His teams won three Great Northwest Conference championships and finished second twice. In 1987-88, his team went all the way to the finals of the NCAA Division II Championship, finishing second.His 1990-91 team finished the year with an overall record of 19-11 and earned a berth in the Division II playoff. UAA lost to Cal State-Bakersfield in the Regional final.

Abegglen is a Vernal, Utah native. He graduated from Brigham Young University in 1962 with a bachelor's degree in Physical Education, and was a three-year varsity letter winner on the basketball team for Coach Stan Watts.

He began his coaching career at nearby Morgan High School. In 13 seasons, he guided the Trojans to a record of 232-88 (.725). His 1973-74 team posted a perfect 26-0 record and won the state Class A championship. His teams finished among the top six in five other state tournaments.

From 1975-1984, he served as the head basketball coach at Snow Junior College in Ephraim, Utah, and also served as the school's athletic director in his last eight years there as well. In 10 seasons, his team's at Snow compiled a 212-75 (.739) record, won six conference titles and never finished lower than third.

Prior to assuming the head coaching duties at Alaska-Anchorage, Abegglen served as the Seawolves' chief assistant for two seasons under Coach Harry Larrabee.

An avid and single-digit handicap golfer, Abegglen has also been a successful golf coach. His prep teams at Morgan High won one state championship, had a second place finish and won seven straight Region titles. His three sons, Kirk , Kris and Kent , all play golf professionally.

Abegglen is married to the former Nedra Nelson of Ephraim, Utah.