Washington State basketball Head Coach Kyle Smith announced Monday that assistant coach Jim Shaw has been elevated to Associate Head Coach. The Washington native has been a coach in college basketball since 1986.
Shaw has helped coach the Cougars to a 30-29 record over the past two seasons including last season in which they finished with a +.500 record for the first time since 2011-12 and beat five schools that would go on to play in the NCAA Tournament. They also notched their highest adjusted defense rating since 2009 with a rating of 91.3 per 100 possessions.
Prior to joining Smith in Pullman, Shaw was the Head Coach at Western Oregon where he went 102-30 over his four seasons there including winning two GNAC Coach of the Year awards. He led them to a number 1 ranking and three NCAA Division II basketball tournament appearances during that time.
Shaw also spent two years at Saint Mary’s College as an Assistant Head Coach and helped lead the Gaels to consecutive 20-plus win seasons and two postseason appearances. Before joining that coaching staff, he spent nine seasons at Washington under Lorenzo Romar and helped coach them to a 208-100 record during that time including five Pac-10 Championships and five NCAA Tournament appearances. Three of those years, the Huskies found themselves in the sweet 16.
The long time coach also helped lead the University of Portland to a 1996 NCAA Tournament berth as well as a 1991 tournament appearance with Oregon State. His first assistant coaching position came in 1986 with Idaho State where he helped the Bengals to their first NCAA Tournament appearance in 10 years.
Both Smith and Shaw will look to help get the Cougars back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2008 this upcoming season.
Washington State head men’s basketball head coach Kyle Smith announced Monday the promotion of Jim Shaw to Associate Head Coach. Shaw, the Cougars’ most experienced veteran coach, has spent nearly three decades on the bench coaching some of the best programs in the country including spending the last two seasons alongside of Smith at WSU.
Jim Shaw, a 25-year coaching veteran who’s spent the last two seasons on Washington State’s bench, has been elevated to the title of associate head coach, the school announced Monday.
There’s no telling whether Washington State’s football team will be able to maintain its streak of consecutive bowl appearances this fall (in seasons played with more than four games, that is) but after 15 practices in April, one can be sure the Cougars will be a more polished product in 2021 than they would’ve been without a spring camp period – the brutal reality Nick Rolovich’s program had to come to terms with last year.