Aug. 11, 2009

Courtesy of Alaska-Anchorage

ANCHORAGE – After six years at Alaska Anchorage, men’s basketball associate head coach Shane Rinner has accepted the head coaching position at Texas A&M-International, the school announced Monday.

Rinner helped the Seawolves go 113-67 during his tenure, with four NCAA Division II Tournament appearances and a trip to the Final Four in 2008.

“I’ve had an incredible experience here at UAA,” said Rinner, who grew up in Anchorage. “I will certainly miss the players, co-workers, boosters and fans I have grown to know over the last six years.

“But with the chance to become a head coach, and the amazing new facilities they have in place at TAMUI, I know that this is the right move for my family and me. I’d like to thank school president Dr. Ray Keck and athletic director Claudio Arias for this opportunity.”

TAMUI is a second-year NCAA D-II program located in Laredo, Texas. The Dustdevils play in the Heartland Conference.

“This is a terrific opportunity for Shane to be a head coach,” said Seawolf head coach Rusty Osborne. “We are proud that he’s earned this chance and we wish him good luck in Texas. We will certainly miss all that he did for our program, but are extremely excited for Shane, (his wife) Amanda, and (daughter) Tagan.

“As a head coach, you always want to see your assistants attain other head jobs, so this is a success for our program. Although this situation arose within the last week, we are confident that we have the plans in place to move forward quickly to fill this vacancy.”