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Image of head men's basketball coach Danny Sancomb.Danny Sancomb
Head Coach

Danny Sancomb returns to Wheeling Jesuit University for his fourth season as the university’s eighth men’s basketball coach. A native of Severn, Maryland, Sancomb has guided the youthful Cardinals to a 44-42 record through his first three seasons. 

Before taking the head job at WJU, he was head boys’ basketball coach and athletic director at St. Mary’s Ryken High School, where he led a team that had never before won a game in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference (WCAC) to back-to-back winning seasons (16-10 in 2005-06 and 17-10 in 2006-07).

Under Sancomb’s leadership, the team became one of the highest-rated in the Washington D.C. area, earning rankings of #5 (Rise Magazine) and #7 (Washington Post). After his first season as a head coach at St. Mary’s Ryken, Sancomb was honored with the prestigious 2005-06 WCAC Coach of the Year Award. Before his head coaching success at St. Mary’s Ryken, Sancomb was an assistant men’s coach at Wheeling Jesuit under Coach Jay DeFruscio from 1999 to 2005.

A Maryland high school basketball standout, Sancomb began his collegiate career at Howard Community College (HCC) in Columbia, Md., where he twice was second in the country in scoring and helped Howard record back-to-back 20 win seasons. He scored 1620 career points at HCC and was named first team All-Maryland Junior College, HCC Athlete of the year, Maryland Junior College Player of the Year, and MVP of the Charm City Junior College All-Star Game.
 
His playing career at Wheeling Jesuit was equally impressive. Sancomb was the WVIAC’s leading scorer for two successive years, and was the NCAA’s leading DII scorer in the nation with 27.2 points per game. He is Wheeling Jesuit’s sixth all-time leading scorer with 1454 points, and was named MPV of the 1998 Cardinals and the Wendy’s Tip-Off Tournament. Sancomb was also named to the NABC/Chevrolet Division II All-American Team and the First Team All-East Region.
 
While at Wheeling Jesuit, Sancomb earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and a master’s in business administration. He resides in Wheeling with his wife, Becky, and their sons, Eli and Luke.

Image of Chad Dickman.Chad Dickman
Assistant Coach

Dickman returns for his seventh season as head assistant coach at Wheeling Jesuit.  He has played a vital role with the Cardinals’ recruiting, scouting, on-court coaching, pre-game preparation, film breakdown, and player development.  Dickman also serves as WJU’s NCAA Compliance Coordinator.

Dickman came to WJU after a one-year stay at St. Vincent College (Latrobe, PA) as an assistant coach, helping to lead the Bearcats to a 25-7 record and a spot in the NAIA National Sweet 16.

Originally from Frederick, Maryland, Dickman played his high school ball at Thomas Johnson High School.  While there, he helped the Patriots win the 1997 State Championship and led the team to the 1998 State Final Four, earning All-State Honors his senior year. 

Dickman continued his playing career at St. Vincent College (Latrobe, Pennsylvania) from 1998-2002, scoring 1,279 points, currently ranked 11th in school history. He also earned All-Conference honors his junior and senior year.  Dickman led the Bearcats to the NAIA National Tournament twice, reaching the National Elite 8 in 2002.

Dickman received a bachelor’s degree in finance from St. Vincent in 2002 and earned his MBA from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2004.  Tom Dickman, his father, is a native of Wheeling and is the All-Time Leader in Public High School victories in the state of Maryland.  He has since moved onto the college ranks and is currently the head coach at Hood College in Frederick, MD.

Image of Jhared Simpson.Jhared Simpson
Assistant Coach

Jhared Simpson, a 2008 Wheeling Jesuit Alum (Business Marketing), will be joining Coach Sancomb and staff for the 2010-11 season as a graduate assistant. Simpson, the 2008 WJU Men's Basketball MVP under Sancomb, was also a member of the ’04-05 WVIAC Tournament Championship team and the back-to-back NCAA Tournament teams of ’04-05, and ’05-06.

After graduation, Simpson joined Jay Defruscio, former Head Coach at Jesuit of 25 years, in Indianapolis, IN where he worked with the Indiana Pacers for two years. Simpson’s tenure with the NBA gave him a wide breadth of experience including player development, team practices, opponent scouting, and day-to-day administration. Jhared brings with him a lifelong love of basketball.
 

Image of Ryan Kostur.Ryan Kostur
Assistant Coach

Ryan Kostur returns for his fourth season as assistant coach for WJU.  Prior to Wheeling Jesuit, Kostur spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Weir High School.  Kostur’s father, Jack, coached at Weir High for 28 years before recently retiring.  Ryan is very familiar with the Cardinal basketball program as he was a four-year player at WJU, graduating in 1999. Kostur and Coach Danny Sancomb were teammates on the 1997 and 1998 WJU squads. Kostur earned an accounting degree from Wheeling Jesuit in 1999 and today resides in Weirton, WV with his wife, Marie.  Along with assisting WJU, he also works full time at Lyles Auto Sales in Weirton. 

 


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