Oct. 5, 1999
NORMAN, Okla. - The University of Oklahoma has hired Jim Shaw as assistant mens basketball coach, Sooner head coach Kelvin Sampson announced today. Shaw replaces Jason Rabedeaux, former longtime Sampson aide, who was named head coach at Texas-El Paso Sept. 10.
I had a lot of great candidates for this job, commented Sampson. This was a job that was unbelievably popular because of our success here. But we felt that Jim Shaw was absolutely the best candidate.
I think one of the key factors in hiring an assistant coach is finding someone who fits the personality of the program. Jim is a tireless worker, has an unbelievable attention to detail and has displayed recruiting prowess everywhere hes been. Sometimes you can get a barometer on assistant coaches by looking at the success of the programs theyve been with. Every program Jim has been associated with has won and has displayed tremendous success.
Since April, Shaw, 37, has been an assistant at Saint Louis University under head coach Lorenzo Romar. Prior to that brief stint, he served as assistant coach at the University of Portland for five seasons (1994-95 through 1998-99) under head coach Rob Chavez and helped the team to a pair of 20-win campaigns and a 1996 NCAA Tournament berth, the schools first since 1959. In his first season at Portland, Shaw helped guide the Pilots to a 21-8 record. It marked the programs first winning season in 13 years and its best record since 1951-52.
Prior to arriving at Portland, Shaw served two years as an assistant at Montana State (1992-93 and 1993-94) under Mick Durham. Shaw helped the 1993-94 Bobcats to a 16-11 record and fourth-place Big Sky finish, their highest in seven years. Three of Shaws recruits earned All-Big Sky accolades.
As an assistant at Southern Utah for a season (1991-92) under head coach Neil Roberts, Shaw was instrumental in leading the team to a 20-8 record, the schools best mark in its history as a Division I program.
Shaw coached for nationally-ranked Oregon State during the 1989-90 and 1990-91 seasons, helping the Beavers win a PAC-10 championship and advance to the NCAA Tournament. There he also recruited future first-team All-PAC-10 performer and first-round NBA Draft selection Brent Barry.
Shaws assistant coaching journey began at Idaho State during the 1986-87 season when he helped the team to a Big Sky Conference title and an NCAA Tournament berth. The following two seasons he served as an assistant coach for Chemeketa Community College in Salem, Ore. In those two years, Chemeketa posted a 50-13 mark and earned the schools first-ever Northwest Conference championship.
I got to know Coach Sampson when he was at Washington State and I was at Oregon State, said Shaw. Ive long had admiration for the way that he runs his programs and coaches his teams. Therefore, when the chance to become a part of his basketball family presented itself, I just felt it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity from an assistant coaching standpoint.
Shaw, a 1985 graduate of Western Oregon State College who earned a bachelors degree in physical education, was an NAIA honorable-mention All-American and district MVP runner up as a senior. He earned his masters degree in athletic administration from Idaho State in 1986.
A native of Port Townsend, Wash., Shaw attended Chimacum High School in Seattle where he was an All-State performer in both basketball and football. He and his wife, Lynette, have two children, Brittany (11) and Bradley (8).
Shaw joins an Oklahoma program that finished 22-11 overall and 11-5 in the Big 12 Conference (tied for second place) last year. The Sooners also made their fifth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance and advanced to the Sweet 16.