GREAT FALLS (AP) — The Great Falls Explorers of the Continental Basketball Association named Scott Wedman as the team’s head coach on Monday.
Wedman, a 6-foot-7 Kansas native who played at the University of Colorado, played 13 seasons in the NBA and was on the Boston Celtics’ 1984 and 1986 NBA championship teams with Larry Bird.
Wedman succeeds Steve Aggers, who coached the Explorers in their inaugural season.
Joe Clark, an owner of the Explorers, said a coach with professional experience was wanted for the position.
He noted Wedman’s years in the NBA, along with time as head coach of the Kansas City Knights in the NBA Development League.
Aggers’ previous coaching stops included terms as head coach at the University of Great Falls (College of Great Falls then), Doane (Neb.), Eastern Washington and Loyola Marymount.
The Explorers recently announced that assistant coach Justin Wetzel will also serve as the team’s director of player development.
Wetzel, a Cut Bank native and Montana State-Billings graduate, was an assistant coach for the Explorers for 2006-07, the team’s first year in the Continental Basketball Association. He will continue his coaching duties while adding the tasks of scouting, recruiting and coordinating summer camps for area youth.
Wetzel, 26, played two years of basketball at Dawson Community College before transferring to MSU-Billings.
Before joining the Explorers, Wetzel was the head boys’ basketball coach at Broadview-Lavina.
‘‘Justin is a very hard worker and has a lot of knowledge about the game that will help him be successful in his new position,’’ said Ryan Acra, general manager for the Explorers.