The link that will make Brad Jackson's transition onto Lorenzo Romar's coaching staff with the Huskies easy is a Hall of Famer and the largest coaching icon in Washington basketball history.
The Huskies, Buckeyes, Seton Hall and Rhode Island will play Nov. 16-18 in the Naismith Hall of Fame Tip-off Tournament in Uncasville, Conn. It's another season with a high-profile start for UW.
UW (3-0) takes on Saint Louis (2-0) this Sunday on the CBS Sports Network (9 a.m. PT).
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In his ninth year on the Washington coaching staff in 2011-12 is assistant coach Jim Shaw. He re-joined head coach Lorenzo Romar on May 10, 2004, after they worked together for half a season in 1999 at Saint Louis.
He played a major role in the spectacular 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 seasons that were among the finest in UW history. Shaw's contributions come both on the court, where he provides a wealth of coaching knowledge and experience, and on the recruiting trail. He helped sign UW recruiting classes that were ranked among the best in the nation.
Shaw has recently been a part of several successful coaching staffs, helping direct teams deep into the NCAA Tournament five times during a recent six-year stretch.
During his time at Washington, the Huskies have won two conference regular season crowns (2009 & 2012), three Pac-10 Tournament championships (2005, 2010, 2011) and made five NCAA tournament appearances, including three Sweet 16's (2005, 2006, 2010). He was pivotal in the Huskies' run to their first Pac-10 Tournament championship in 2005 and first ever No. 1 seed into the NCAA Tournament. UW finished with a 29-6 record, tying the school record for wins in a season.
Shaw served the previous five seasons at Oklahoma on Kelvin Sampson's staff. He helped the Sooners to a 131-37 record, three Big 12 Tournament titles, a Final Four appearance in 2002 and an Elite Eight berth in 2003.
"He is one of the hardest working coaches in America and his track record reflects that," Romar says. "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."
Shaw was an assistant at Saint Louis under head coach Lorenzo Romar for a half year. Prior to that brief stint, he served as assistant coach at Portland for five seasons, from 1994-95 through 1998-99. He helped the Pilots to a pair of 20-win campaigns and a 1996 NCAA Tournament berth, the school's first since 1959.
Prior to arriving at Portland, Shaw worked two years as an assistant at Montana State under head coach Mick Durham. He helped the 1993-94 Bobcats to a 16-11 record and fourth-place Big Sky Conference finish, their best in seven years. Three of Shaw's recruits went on to earn 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 school's best mark in its history as a Division I program.
Washington is not the first Pacific-10 Conference job for Shaw who coached at Oregon State during the 1990 and 1991 seasons. The nationally-ranked 1990 Beaver team, featuring point guard Gary Payton, won the Pac-10 championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.
Shaw's first assistant coaching assignment came in 1986-87 at Idaho State. He helped lead the Bengals to an impressive run to the Big Sky Tournament championship and the league's automatic NCAA Tournament berth. That was ISU's first NCAA appearance in 10 years.
A 1985 graduate of Western Oregon State College, Shaw was an NAIA honorable mention All-American and district MVP runner-up as a senior. He earned his master's degree in athletic administration from Idaho State in 1986.
A native of Chimacum, Wash., Shaw attended Chimacum High School where he was an all-state performer in both basketball and football.
Shaw has two grown children, daughter Brittany and son Bradley.