OGDEN - Weber State's women's basketball team has added Brett Vana as an assistant coach.
Vana joins the Wildcats after spending the past two seasons as the head coach of Louisburg College in Louisburg, N.C.
"We're very excited to welcome Brett to Weber State," WSU head coach Bethann Ord said. "He brings us a winning attitude and lots of energy, and will be a great fit for our program. He will be a great help in developing our players, and has great experience as a head coach with a background of winning a junior college national championship."
Vana guided the Hurricanes to a 32-3 overall record and captured the National Junior College Athletic Association's Division II national championship during the recently completed 2012-13 season. He had numerous athletes honored along the way, including having the Women's Basketball Coaches Association's Junior College Player of the Year this last season.
Under Vana, Louisburg won back-to-back Region X championships and sent numerous student-athletes on to play at four year schools.
In his inaugural season at Louisburg in 2011-12, Vana's team advanced to the NJCAA national semifinals, and he was named Region X Coach of the Year, NJCAA District J Coach of the Year and he concluded with being the WBCA Runner-up for National Coach of the Year.
"I'm really excited for the opportunity," Vana said. "It's been a lifelong dream for me to get back to Division I coaching and this is a great fit for me right now. I'm really looking forward to working with Coach Ord and the other great people at Weber State and can't wait to get started."
Prior to Louisburg, Vana served as a trainer and talent evaluator at the Champions Academy in Indianapolis. He has spent the majority of his coaching career overseas, working with professional leagues in places including Switzerland, Germany and Denmark. Before leaving the United States in 1999, he also spent a season coaching at Western Kentucky University as a graduate assistant. He was also an assistant high school coach prior to that for one season where he won a North Carolina State Championship with Providence Day high school in Charlotte, N.C.
Vana attended Lake Erie College in Painesville, Ohio, where he was a four-year starter for the Storm.