LARAMIE — Women’s basketball coach Gerald Mattinson has a vacancy to fill on his first coaching staff at Wyoming.
Bojan Jankovic will not return to the Cowgirls’ bench next season. Jankovic, who’s been an assistant at Wyoming for the last four years, was offered a raise to remain on staff once Mattinson was promoted to take over for the retired Joe Legerski, but Jankovic has decided to pursue another opportunity once his contract expires at the end of the month, athletic director Tom Burman said.
“I know he’s got a few irons in the fire,” Burman said of Jankovic’s next move. “We wanted him to return to UW. Gerald wanted him to return to UW. He felt like it was in the best interest of him to move on. We were disappointed, but more power to him.”
It leaves one spot for Mattinson to fill on his staff after promoting Heather Ezell to associate head coach; and Fallon Lewis, who had previously worked in an operational role, to a full-time assistant. A message left for Mattinson on Thursday wasn’t returned.
Whomever Mattinson ultimately rounds out his staff with will be replacing perhaps the program’s best recruiter, particularly overseas. A native of Serbia, Jankovic made a trip to Europe every summer, Legerski said, to scour for the top international players, which made up a substantial part of the Cowgirls’ roster this past season.
Jankovic played a pivotal role in helping Wyoming sign Marta Gomez (Spain), who was twice named Sixth Player of the Year in the Mountain West and finished fourth in the league in scoring this season as a senior. Fellow Spaniard Clara Tapia was a three-year starter at point guard while Karla Erjavec, who hails from Croatia, started all 33 games as a freshman this season.
Ten of the 16 players listed on Wyoming’s roster this season were international players. Jankovic was an assistant for the Serbian women’s national team that medaled at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
“He did a nice job recruiting,” Burman said. “You look at that roster, there are a lot of kids and a lot of good players we’ve had that have come from Europe. He’s done a nice job, and he did a good job keeping them happy.”