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Shaw Departs Western Oregon For Washington State
In his four years at Western Oregon, Shaw led the Wolves to three appearances in the NCAA West Regional and four appearances in the GNAC Championships final.
In his four years at Western Oregon, Shaw led the Wolves to three appearances in the NCAA West Regional and four appearances in the GNAC Championships final.

Friday, April 12, 2019
by Western Oregon Athletic Communications

PULLMAN, Wash.—After leading Western Oregon to the NCAA Division II National Tournament in three of the last four seasons, head men's basketball coach Jim Shaw has accepted a coaching position at Washington State University.
 
"Under Coach Shaw's leadership, Western Oregon has become nationally recognized in men's basketball," Executive Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Curtis Campbell said. "I want to thank Jim for the impact and leadership he has provided for this program and wish him all the best in his next endeavor."

A national search for Western Oregon's next head men's basketball coach will begin immediately.

At Washington State, Shaw will serve under newly-appointed head coach Kyle Smith.

"This was the best four years of my career professionally," Shaw said. "Being able to reconnect with the people that have made an impact on my life and work with those groups again was truly special. This was a tremendous opportunity to pay it forward and I wouldn't have traded it for anything."

Shaw and Smith share a background working under longtime Saint Mary's College head coach Randy Bennett. Smith was an assistant for Bennett from 2001-10 while Shaw worked with the NCAA Division I Gaels from 2013-15.

In four seasons as the head coach at Western Oregon, Shaw accumulated a 102-30 (.772) overall record and a 63-17 (.787) mark in GNAC games.

In his initial season at the helm, Shaw led the Wolves to a regular-season GNAC title and went on to capture the GNAC Tournament title and the West Region crown before bowing out in the NCAA Division II national semifinals. Shaw's teams reached the GNAC title game in all four seasons with titles in 2015-16 and 2017-18.

Finishing the year with a 31-2 overall record, Shaw's 2017-18 team set a GNAC record for conference wins (19) and conference winning percentage (.950).

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