LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) _ Steve McClain, hired last week as as an assistant at Texas A&M, was hired Wednesday as basketball coach at Wyoming.

Wyoming athletic director Lee Moon said McClain, 35, who had been an assistant at Texas Christian for four years, will replace Larry Shyatt, who left the Cowboys for Clemson.

``It's really been an emotional few days for our players, our fans and the people involved in Wyoming basketball,'' Moon said. ``It's been a time of disappointment and anxiety. But it's now a time of anticipation and excitement. We have closed one chapter on Wyoming basketball and today we'll open a new chapter and move forward with great anticipation.''

McClain, a 1984 graduate of Chadron, Neb., State College, said he is looking forward to building on the accomplishments of Shyatt, who led the Cowboys to a 19-9 record and a berth in the NIT in his only season.

Moon said he was attracted by McClain's record, which includes leading Hutchinson, Kan., Community College team to a national junior college title in 1994.

``I really like to have people that have demonstrated the quality of experiences in their coaching abilities and coaching experiences, not just quantity,'' he said. ``I want them to have been around and competed for championships and understand what it takes to play and compete at that level.''

McClain joined Texas A&M after four years as an assistant at TCU.