May 10, 2004
SEATTLE - Jim Shaw, who served the past five years at Oklahoma, was hired as an assistant on the University of Washington men's basketball staff, coach Lorenzo Romar announced Monday.
Shaw leaves his assistant coaching position on Kelvin Sampson's Oklahoma staff. He started as an assistant in October 1999, helping lead the Sooners to a 131-37 record in five seasons that included three Big 12 Tournament titles, a Final Four appearance in 2002 and an Elite Eight berth in 2003.
Oklahoma won 20 games every year during Shaw's tenure, including a 20-11 record this season. The Sooners participated in the 2004 National Invitation Tournament after receiving NCAA Tournament invitations in each of Shaw's first four years.
"We are extremely fortunate to have Jim Shaw join our staff. He is one of the hardest working coaches in America and his track record reflects that," Romar said. "He was part of a staff that recruited a Final Four team at Oklahoma. He has been an NCAA participant at most of his jobs. His history in the Northwest, growing up here and having success coaching at Portland and other schools, should help us continue to build our program."
Washington is not the first Pacific-10 Conference job for Shaw who coached at Oregon State during the 1990 and 1991 seasons. He helped guide the Beavers to the 1990 Pac-10 championship and their last NCAA Tournament appearance.
Shaw, 41, is reunited with Romar who was the head coach at Saint Louis where he served one-half year as an assistant coach before joining Oklahoma in the same capacity.
Prior to working at Saint Louis, Shaw was an assistant coach at Portland for five seasons from 1995-1999. He helped the Pilots to a pair of 20-win seasons and a 1996 NCAA Tournament berth, the school's first since 1959.
Washington is the ninth collegiate assistant coaching position for Shaw, including stints at Idaho State (1987), Chemeketa (Ore.) Community College (1988-89), Oregon State (1990-91), Southern Utah (1992), Montana State (1993-94), Portland (1995-99), Saint Louis (1999) and Oklahoma (1999-2004).
A product of Chimacum (Wash.) High School, Shaw was an all-state performer in both basketball and football. He was an honorable mention NAIA All-American in basketball, playing at Western Oregon State College. He received his bachelor's of science degree in 1985 and later earned a master's from Idaho State in 1986.
Shaw replaces Russ Schoene who departed recently to concentrate on his business interests. Shoene served as an assistant coach at Washington during the last two seasons.
"I would like to thank Russ for his work these past two years" said Romar. "He helped us start our program here and played a part in getting us to the NCAA Tournament this year."
Washington registered a 19-12 record in 2004 and participated in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in five years. The 12-6 record and second-place Pac-10 finish were the Huskies' best performances since 1986. The campaign was highlighted by a 75-62 upset of No. 1 Stanford and a sweep of three games over highly ranked Arizona. UW's stellar season ended with a 102-100 loss to UAB in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.